One of my readers said recently that I should surround myself with better writers and recommended that I contact (as in send samples to) established writers. Ah, I wish that I could. I have enough trouble surrounding myself with a stable (as in long-lived) group of writers of any kind. If you were an established writer, would you want to receive unsolicited chapters from an unknown author? The advice seemed especially far fetched. Anyway, my actual, real, writers group is on the verge of breaking up. Writing is a lot of work, especially for someone trying to make a living. I admire anyone who can work at a regular job and still find time to write.
I've published two novels and I am working on a third. We live in Portland, Oregon now, a city I can recommend for writers. The Fall and Winter weather is so uniformly dreary that the distractions are few. Other than writing, my hobbies are sport fencing (epee) and ballroom dancing with my wife. And I spend a lot of time taking care of our four cats (I hope you also figured out that I have cats, if you read my novel.)View all of jameslgillaspy's posts.