The Wickeds often talk about how grateful we are to Sisters in Crime. We met in the New England chapter for one thing, and all in some way, shape or form, got our start in series publishing because of SinC.
But there are other organizations that shape our lives. Wickeds, tell me about a company, an institution, a church, a school, a non-profit, a membership organization, a network, or any other organized group of people that you are grateful to be associated with, supported by, or just plain on the earth with this year.
Edith/Maddie: Sisters in Crime has certainly shaped my authorial life, for which I am infinitely grateful. Many of you know that my spiritual home is with the Society of Friends. The Amesbury Quaker community has had an enormous influence on my life for thirty-three years. It’s a church, a non-profit dedicated to peace and social justice, and a social network all in one package. It gave my sons a faith community when they were young and helped inspired my seven-book historical Quaker Midwife mysteries.
Sherry: My college sorority. I had no idea on that sunny fall pledge day when I shouted Delta Zeta and ran down the steps to my new sisters how life changing it would be. They were there for the good and bad of life and still are. We laugh together and mourn together and love each other through all of our foibles. I always found it interesting that the other biggest influence in my life would also be an organization about sisterhood (people-hood really).
Liz: My animal rescue crew. Some of the best experiences of my life were when I worked with shelters and rescue groups and helping so many cats. I still have people from that time in my life who I consider some of my best friends, and I’m so grateful for them.
Barb: For 2022, I have to go with the Friends of the Key West Library. I joined this board in 2021 and I have to say throughout the year it’s been tremendous fun to be with a great group of people who work really hard to make good things happen.
Jessie: what a fun range of organizations! I would have to include Novelists, Inc. I joined several years ago and have learned so much since! I love their conference and was so delighted to have had the opportunity to attend in September for the first time since 2019! They support novelists with craft education, business best practices and networking!
Readers: Was there a company, an institution, a church, a school, a non-profit, a membership organization, a network, or any other organized group you are grateful to be associated with, supported by, or just plain on the earth with this year?