Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet the Quid Pro Quills

Any writer who's involved in a critique group probably claims that their group is the best. But they would be wrong. MY critique group is by far the best group of ladies a writer could ever ask for. These women are not only my "editors" and support group, but also strong Christians who've become my closest friends. We pray for one another, cheer each other on, and constantly have each other laughing. I'm blessed beyond words to have them in my life. Let me introduce you to The Quid Pro Quills.

Six Christian fiction writers who love the Lord and are honored and privileged to have become writing instruments sharpened by the King.

Pegg Thomas

Pegg lives on a small farm in Northern Michigan with her husband of mumble years. When not riding her old horse, shearing a sheep, or chasing a stray chicken, you’ll find her puttering in her garden or the kitchen. A self-proclaimed “history geek,” Pegg writes historical fiction with a touch of humor.
Visit Pegg's blog The Sheepish Scribe for book reviews, writing advice, her life on the farm, her general thoughts, and sheep talk.
In addition to being a great writer, Pegg is also a fiber artist! Visit her website Twin Willows Farm for knitting and cross-stitch patterns, great lamb birth photos, and what she currently has for sale!

Pegg keeps me in line when what's going on in my head doesn't come across right on paper (the computer, really). I can say for a fact that I never would've survived my first writing conference without her. She has a great sense of humor and always has our group laughing.

Kara Hunt
Kara loves to read and write supernatural suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. But Kara also loves to share stories about God's love, mercy and faithfulness.
Visit Kara's blog Fiction with Faith for book reviews, faith-strengthening posts, book trailers, and encouragement through God's word.
Follow Kara on Twitter: karahunt2013

Kara is the queen of hooks! Each chapter of her stories leaves a cliffhanger that makes me crazy until her next submission. She's a pro at finding missing words in my manuscripts and scolds me (nicely)when I'm telling instead of showing. I loved meeting Kara at conference as well.

Jericha Kingston
Jericha--tomboy gone rogue--loves the visual, performing, culinary, and literary arts. A Georgia native, she's comfortable in the solitude of the woods, or singing and acting before audiences.
Jericha's heart was stolen at age 16, and it's never been returned. She and her husband have been married for a quarter of a century, and they have two grown sons. She warns mothers of young children: rewards for surviving teenagers may include higher insurance premiums, college tuition, and legal fees. 

Jericha has a penchant for great food. She can often be found preparing Indian meals, Thai cuisine, or down-home Southern cooking. Her red velvet cake has made her a popular substitute teacher at the local high school.
Jericha began writing in 2011. She creates fresh, relatable characters who struggle against impervious odds.
Ousting her inner tomboy has been futile, so Jericha appeases her by fishing, camping, and hiking with her Australian Cattle Dog.
Jericha is my cheerleader. She's excellent with dialogue and adjectives, and has even helped me brainstorm. She occasionally sends our group tracks to the songs she sings. Her voice is beautiful and uplifting. 

Robin Patchen

If time and money were no object, Robin Patchen would travel constantly. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world--twice. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and Robin's family doesn't want to follow her all around the world, so she does the next best thing: she writes. In the world she creates, she can go back to the best places time and again.
In the real world, Robin is married to the man of her dreams, Edward, and together they have three children, Nicholas, Lexi, and Jacob. Her family is a close second on her list of priorities after her relationship with Christ.

Visit Robin's blog:

I met Robin (online) a couple of years ago and her writing resonated with me. She's a gifted author and pushes me to go deeper into my characters and stories. Her kindness brought me to The Quids. Robin's Christmas novellas One Christmas Eve and Faith House are available now. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of the Chip MacGregor Literary Agency.

Marge Wiebe

Marge Wiebe is a graduate of Long Ridge Writers Group and an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She can’t sew, knit, or crochet, but she’s been weaving tales since she was but a wee lass. Her earliest romance, created at the age of eight, consisted of a prince riding through a field of dandelions to find his beloved princess—who only weighed about a pound. Though her plots have progressed over the years, and her heroines now weigh a little more, she’s still a hopeless romantic. At age seventeen, she married the man of her dreams and is now homeschooling mom to three charming sons and two beautiful daughters. She loves reading and writing inspirational romance and it’s her desire to touch others with her faith-filled stories. She also loves coffee and chocolate—preferably at the same time. She and her family reside in Manitoba, Canada.

 Marge gives great insight on making characters likable. Her critiques are always encouraging and we share a love for chocolate and coffee. I hope someday we can meet in person and have coffee together! She's represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

There you have it--The Quid Pro Quills.
Visit our webpage at for more about our friendship, stories, crazy writer's lives, and our new blog!


  1. Thanks for introducing us to your friends, Candice! You're right, our group is something special.

  2. Awww, Candice. What an awesome post!! How much do I owe you again?! :D

  3. Thanks for the sweet words. This critique group has changed my writing life. I love you ladies.