Monday, June 20, 2011

Confessions of a Critique Group-Part 3-Meg Moseley

Third week--you know the drill---here's Meg!

One of the best perks of being a writer is that we’re surrounded by people who love books. My closest friends are book-lovers, and some of them date back to my first years of writing and critiquing fiction, when I’d first moved to the Atlanta area with my family. The first writers’ group that I found met in a Barnes & Noble. It was a mix of men and women, Christians and not, experienced writers and beginners.

After years in rural Michigan without much company but conservative homeschoolers, it was a shock to my sheltered system to critique secular romance and vampire stories, but it was good for me. In a way, it was like going back to my childhood, when life revolved around books of all kinds. My parents didn’t police my choices. At an early age, I learned to close a book if it seemed too dark or too grown-up for me. There were plenty of others to choose from, and there still are.

Yeah, I’m a book geek from way back, so it’s only natural that literature plays a big role in my debut novel, “When Sparrows Fall.” Fiction is a bone of contention between Miranda, an ultra-conservative homeschooling widow, and her sidekick, Jack, an opinionated professor of literature. She wants to protect her children from worldly influences, while he wants to introduce them to the big, beautiful world of good books. That’s not really the main point of the novel—or maybe it is, in a way, because it’s about the battle between safety and freedom.

I’ve just started exploring Goodreads and Librarything. I’ve only added a handful of books so far—whatever happened to be lying around near the computer—but I’ve had fun browsing other people’s lists. Everyone has such different tastes, but we’re free to make our own choices, share them with others, and decline to read the ones that don’t appeal to us.

Good fiction matters, even if we don’t all have exactly the same definition of what good fiction is, and a shared love of good fiction can lead to life-long friendships. So, here’s to Lindi, Maureen, and Missy, my first-ever critique partners. I’m glad to be on the journey with you.

What about you? What type of fiction is your favorite and/or what was the last good novel you've read?

Thanks, Meg!

And you know the contest drill as well-leave a comment regarding Meg's question to be entered in the grand prize drawing. Winner will be announced July 1st! 4 authors--5 books and a $25 Amazon card--you can't beat that! (You don't win the authors--just their books!:))


  1. I love to read Christian fiction..59 so far this year! Loved Missy's latest; have Lindi's on tbr table, and just finished Colleen Coble's last in Lighthouse series. I would like to read Meg's, also.

  2. Jackie--Yeah!! I love to read as well!
    Thanks for being such a great reader!

    Lindi P.

  3. I enjoy christian fiction. I enjoy reading Amish fiction too. I just finished reading two books that are excellent reads. Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes and My Son, John by Kathi Macias.


  4. Hi Judy,
    I have heard great things about Crossing Oceans. And Kathy Macias is a good author as well.
    Thanks for coming by! Great to see you here!

  5. I love any type of Christian fiction. The last great book I have read is To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

  6. Meg, I'm sorry I didn't get by yesterday. I was out all day.

    I've enjoyed being on the journey with you!

  7. Hi, Meg. So sorry I'm late to the party this week. I know, I know...a day late and a dollar short, right?? LOL

    Anyway, loved your post. I've been an insanely avid reader for as long as I can remember. Even in elementary school, I jumped several reading group levels because I read so much that I was at a higher reading level than a lot of my 1st grade companions. I love romance- the happily ever after. I mean, everyone deserves that special happy ending! I prefer comedies over sad stories though. Real life is depressing enough. If I'm going to jump into someone else's life then I want to join them with laughter.

  8. Hi Rose,
    I haven't read Karen W yet, but I've heard great things about her books.

    Lindi P.

  9. Dianna,
    I've been a reader like you forever! When I was in the 9th grade we had to turn in a book report every Monday. I would write mine in homeroom just by picking a book I'd read recently.

  10. Please forgive me for being absent from the discussion. The day this posted was the day of my mom's memorial service. I just got back to town, and I'm still catching up. I loved reading everyone's comments!