We asked the Inksters to answer some fun questions. Stay tuned as we will make this a regular feature.
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Shauna: JRR Tolkien because I think it would be fascinating to talk to him about language and how it can reveal things about the culture and history of the people who speak it.
Maggie: The author I would like to meet right now would be Nicolas Sparks. I'm sure he could give me some good advice right now. Both what to do and what not to do.
Andrea: I would have to say JK Rowling, the author of my favourite series, Harry Potter. Not only is the series incredibly special to me and got me through some difficult years, but as a writer, I admire the amount of complex details she put in the books over a span of seven novels.
Krista: JK Rowling. She inspires me to be outspoken & honest with myself.
Rhonda: Dick Francis. He's my favourite author and I'd love advice from him on how to make you care about the character from page one. Plus I could talk horses with him, and who wouldn't want to talk horses with Dick Francis??
What is the best thing about belonging to a writer's group?
Shauna: The best thing about being part of a writer's group is the encouragement of people who are struggling or have struggled with the same questions, plot problems, and writer's block that I am. They can usually help me find a way past any difficulties.
Maggie: The best thing about belonging to a writers group is that so much can be learned by listening to each other's suggestions, writing styles, and just generally what they have learned in their writing experience. Besides that they are a fun group to spend time with.
Andrea: I love the feedback and the inspiration. There is always someone who is willing to sit down and discuss plot lines with me and I always come away more encouraged. The support is amazing!
Krista: Commiseration! If I say "Dear goodness I can't get this scene out of my head!", you have people who really get it.
Rhonda: I think it's the support that I like the most. The group really pushes me to keep writing and to never give up. Plus, retreats are awesome.