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.)


Nicole 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. :)