Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Who are you gonna call?

When your characters refuse to talk to you, when words start running one into another, when your body goes on a no-writing strike and you fall behind in your own deadlines, who are you gonna call?

Your writing buddies!!



They read your words, over and over and over and OVER, and STILL they believe in your work, sometimes more than you do.

They laugh in just the right places when you share your pages — and even more incredibly — sometimes they cry.

They trade tears and laughter with you over sweet mocca-caramel-coffee-thing-a-ma-bob at a local Barnes and Noble. (You know who you are, L :))

They celebrate your little victories, forgive your failures, and gently remind you to get your butt back in the chair.

They make you gasp with joy when they produce beautiful work and ask you to read it.

And then . . . then they thank you in their published books!  (see the picture below)


My amazing writing buddy Patti Brown (left) with me at the Barnes and Noble


P.S. Congratulations to Keri Mikulski, author of “Head Games” who I am honored to call a friend (and who — yes! — kindly thanked me in her acknowledgements!) Not only are you a butt-kicking writer (who actually takes my suggestions!!!), you’re also an incredible source of support and encouragement. 

P.P.S. Hearty congrats also to Trent Reedy, the author of “Words in the Dust” (which also just came out) — Trent is a wonderful friend and a fellow Vermont MFA graduate of my friend Patti’s. [Can’t wait to read Zulaikha’s story, Trent!)

P.P.P.S. Finally, congrats to Toni De Palma — whose group I belonged to many years ago — congrats for seeing “Jeremy Owl” through — and thank you for the “thank you”!  




January 18, 2011 - Posted by | Writing Mirror | , , , ,


  1. Thank you for the thank you. That’s a lot of gratitude. 😉

    Got to love those writing buddies!

    Comment by Joyce Moyer Hostetter | January 18, 2011 | Reply

    • And — I am incredibly grateful for the new writing friends I have made — am making — through this blog! Thank you for your support and your generosity, and for making me feel like I am already “in the club” 😉

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. Love this!!!!

    Comment by Linda Lavin | January 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Linda! Love you 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. You’re very welcome. The relationship between Jeremy and Lorelei would not have been the same without your astute comments!

    Comment by toni de palma | January 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Haven’t re-read it yet, Toni — but it’s on my shelf. Looking forward to it!

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. This post is lovely. It confirms the power of critique groups and partners. I find the people I work with witty and inspiring.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | January 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Medeia. It takes a while to find the right people — can be years — but when you have them in your life it’s so worth it, isn’t it?

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 20, 2011 | Reply

  5. Awe… Thank you for all your help with HEAD GAMES. 🙂 xoxo

    Comment by Keri Mikulski | January 22, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Keri, like I said, you made it SUCH a pleasure to critique your work. It is very gratifying to give comments, then see the changes you suggested, only taken even farther!
      Oh, and speaking of “who are you gonna call?” It was so-o-o good to talk to you the other day. Thanks for being there.

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 23, 2011 | Reply

  6. I enjoyed the introduction to your blog. I’m also going to enjoy getting to know you better through YOur blog & your writing.

    Comment by Barbara Moyer | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Barbara! It’s always a thrill for me to “meet” people through this blog.

      Comment by Katia Raina | February 7, 2011 | Reply

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