The four of us – Sandy Cody, Sharen Ford, Gretchen Haertsch, and Marielena Zuniga – met in early 2007 in a writing class designed to spur the participants towards completion of their novels. We were all at different stages in the process but, as each individual’s work began to take shape and assume its own unique identity, we discovered that we were as emotionally invested in each other’s endeavors as we were in our own.
The class came to an end, but most of us were still very far from the goal of a complete and polished manuscript. The thought of walking away from each other’s semi-formed stories without seeing them come to fruition seemed unacceptable.
Determined to help each other throughout the gestation period, we formed our own critique group. To carry the metaphor to its obvious conclusion, each of us has now given birth to our own novel, but not without the invaluable help of a very special group of midwives.