A tribe, as defined by the English Oxford Dictionary, is “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.”
My tribe however isn’t linked by blood or religion. I have no idea where they fit in terms of social or economic standing. I know we use different dialects at times (oh those darn Canadian u’s) and we certainly follow no leader. Instead we move as one, each taking a turn at showcasing that which the rest of us might enjoy, delight in, and share.
My tribe consists of authors, readers, editors, marketing specialists, book designers, formatting experts, and more. Most importantly though, my tribe is a tribe of book lovers. We read and then proclaim a story’s greatness to the rest of the group. Gathering for book related events is a highlight to our week. We celebrate book releases like we would a child’s birth.
We may not ever have the opportunity to meet in person, but we certainly consider ourselves exceptionally fortunate if we do. Our excitement for one another’s accomplishment is honest and authentic. The uniqueness of our tribe is that we recognize we are not in competition with one another but instead in a relationship of shared interests.
We are book lovers and it has been my most fortunate circumstance to call these amazing people part of my tribe. This past week, many members of my tribe took time out of their own busy lives to share the release of my latest book. Honored, touched, and incredibly grateful I am to call these individuals friends.
Take a moment and check out what my tribe has been up to….
Kelsey Gietl is currently finishing up her second novel titled, Twisted River. I was thrilled to be an early reader, and I am telling you it is going to be so challenging for all of you to wait until Twisted Rivers arrives in stores this December.
Heather from Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen blog read and reviewed Stealing Mr. Smith. Word has it Heather is also working on her own novel. I am very much looking forward to that release. Check out her blog and see what she is reading next.
Books and a Brunette (I love the name of her blog) AKA Jen reads and blogs about her picks. I am always certain to learn something new when I visit her blog. This month she interviewed me for the release of Stealing Mr. Smith and I have to admit that I had to really think about a couple of those questions. She asks unique and intriguing questions and it was a joy to be interviewed by her.
Looking for an Instagram bookworm to follow? Look no further than myreadingzen or adventurenlit. These two book lovers offer great book posts. You can be sure your tbr pile is about to grow by the bushel.
A voice actor is a special individual who crafts a story into a production with the sole use of their own voice. Lillian is one of those talented people who I desperately wanted to work with. I have a new goal to write a story that calls for a British protagonist if only so she can narrate it.
I have been fortunate to meet some amazing people through social media. It gives me hope that the world, despite the latest and greatest developments in technology, cannot remove the need for humans to connect with one another. We do that through books. How do you connect with your tribe?