The collaboration was great. We picked each others' brains, bounced ideas off one another, supported other releases we all had along the journey as well as life events in the process.
Working with a group of such talented ladies was energizing, and just plain fun. The finished product is something every one of us is proud of.
When time came to start planning the second book, the authors we'd invited to join the group from the car trip were not able to participate, but it was okay. The 'core four,' as we've dubbed ourselves, were all ready and willing. We've all been through some stuff in this journey -- both good and bad. One of us lost a parent, several have suffered with serious illnesses that affected either them or their kids. But careers have blossomed, awards have been won. And the bonds of friendship have been reinforced.
That's what I'm most grateful for.
Come February, the next Jewel Box Authors collection will be released! Rest assured, we'll have had a great time writing it.