No Woman is an Island

This week the Debs are talking about our support networks. Who helps keep us on track? Who cheers us on? Who gives it to us like it is?

I’ve got a long list of people who help bolster me and keep me afloat:

  • My husband, Joe, who is my best friend, my partner in crime, my chef, my biggest supporter and the love of my life.
  • The Grub Street writing community. The staff, the board, the instructors and the amazing network of friends and fellow writers that I have the great fortune to be part of. There are FAR too many people to thank by name in this group of supportive people.
  • The Salt + Radish Writers, my writing group, who has championed my book for nearly a decade.
  • My SUPER AGENT – Amaryah Orenstein, at GO Literary, who has been a partner to me from the very beginning. I knew from her reaction to the first time I told her about my book that she was going to be a big force in my life.
  • My super close circle of girlfriends, Leanna, Melissa and Linette, all of whom live far away from me now.
  • My friend Greg McCormick, who I’ve been talking books and authors with since we were eighteen years old, even running an online literary magazine, The Plum Ruby Review, together.
  • My kitties, who keep me sane and calm when I sometimes feel like the world is falling apart.
  • My wide network of wonderful, talented and amazing friends. I’m truly blessed to know so many incredible, diverse people.
  • The ’17 Scribes, a group of authors writing adult novels that are debuting in 2017. To have others on this crazy journey with me is such a relief.

And last but not least, I am incredibly thankful for my fellow Debutantes, Amy Poeppel, Lynn K. Hall, Jenni L. Walsh, and Tiffany D. Jackson. I love their books, I love their wit, I love their POV and I love that we are in this together.

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Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast and social media expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language and culture of Italy. She has taught writing, creativity and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her masters in critical and creative thinking from University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives with her husband and their two cats in the Boston area.

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