Guest Post by Brook Allen
Since returning from a phenomenal weekend at the Historical Novel Society’s bi-annual conference, I wanted to blog on a particular subject that has become near and dear to my heart.
FIND YOUR TRIBE
It doesn’t matter what your occupation might be. It doesn’t matter your interest. The importance of finding and mingling among like-minded people is tantamount to your advancement. In his book on life-empowerment, Alaric Hutchinson writes, “On the road to success, there is always room to share appreciation and gratitude for other people’s successes.” (from: Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life).
Perhaps it’s different for other occupations, and I won’t attempt to presume to know. But among writers, it is simply NECESSARY to have an open, honest camaraderie. We need people to read our work–preferably other writers. There are times when we may need a blurb or review to help us along, driving our work forward into the limelight. Upon other occasions, merely conversing, sharing, and crying on one another’s shoulders is a healthy release amid the stress of deadlines, edits, and the process of publication.
After finishing the read, I thought, “Wow. This really might be her ticket. She may win an agent with this one.”
Well, she did. After receiving not one or two, but FIVE offers from highly respected agents, my friend Sarah made the choice that was the “right fit” for her. I was ECSTATIC! Somebody I KNEW, who had read MY WORK, was getting the chance of a lifetime. And I had grown enough myself to have RECOGNIZED the spark in her work that made it happen. And how did all this transpire for both me and for her?
Friends, we had found our tribe. Now, go out there and find YOURS.
About Brook Allen
Brook Allen has a passion for ancient history—especially 1st century BC Rome. Her current work is a trilogy on the life of Marcus Antonius—Marc Antony, which she has worked on for the past fifteen years. The first installment, Antonius: Son of Rome was published in March 2019. It follows Antony as a young man, from the age of eleven, when his father died in disgrace, until he’s twenty-seven and meets Cleopatra for the first time. Brook’s new book is Antonius: Second in Command, dealing with the Antony’s tumultuous rise to power at Caesar’s side and culminating with the tumultuous civil war against Brutus and Cassius.
In researching the Antonius Trilogy, Brook’s travels have led her to Italy, Egypt, Greece, and even Turkey to explore places where Antony once lived, fought, and eventually died. While researching abroad, she consulted with scholars and archaeologists well-versed in Hellenistic and Roman history, specifically pinpointing the late Republican Period in Rome. Brook belongs to the Historical Novel Society and attends conferences as often as possible to study craft and meet fellow authors. Though she graduated from Asbury University with a B.A. in Music Education, Brook has always loved writing. She completed a Masters program at Hollins University with an emphasis in Ancient Roman studies, which helped prepare her for authoring her present works.
Brook teaches full-time as a Music Educator and works in a rural public-school district near Roanoke, Virginia. Her personal interests include travel, cycling, hiking in the woods, reading, and spending downtime with her husband and two amazing Labrador Retrievers. She lives in the heart of southwest Virginia in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
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