Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Clubs: A Maiden Voyage


Though The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren is soon approaching its one year anniversary, last night was my first guest author appearance at a ladies' book club meeting. I have to admit I was a tad nervous. Would I spend the evening stuffed in a corner, listening mutely to their high intensity debates about my book? What if they hated it? And while I feel very comfortable presenting to teenagers at schools and other writers at conferences, I wasn't sure what to expect with a group of adult readers.


I'm glad to report it was a major success. I got to meet new people and eat a variety of delicious foods, all while answering questions about how I managed to become a published author, how I got the idea of writing about a modern-day teenaged Siren, and how I balance my writing with raising three little boys. The best part was getting to hear what they liked most about the story.


I know some authors don't "do" book clubs, but I'm officially going on the record saying I had a marvelous time and I hope another book club invites me to come in the near future. (That's me, in the middle of the front row.)



4 comments:

Niki Burnham said...

VERY cool, Wendy! Sounds like it was a good time.

Debbie Rigaud said...

Bravo, Wendy, for stepping out of that comfort zone. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience. Your talk sounds like it was an interesting one! :-)

Wendy Toliver said...

Thanks for commenting, Niki and Debbie. :)

Micol Ostow said...

Sounds like a great time! I once had the honor of being invited to sit in on a conference call for a book club discussion of EMILY GOLDBERG, but the email got trapped in my spam filter and I didn't get it until AFTER the meeting. I am assured that it went well. :)