This past week, I attended my first book club for Romance Is My Day Job–and in Manhattan, where so much of the story takes place. If my computer hadn’t crashed the day after, I would have posted the details sooner. And if I hadn’t been worried about my soon-to-crash computer, I would have thought to take pictures.
You might remember that last Tuesday in NYC, it was painfully humid. I wheezed and sweat buckets all the way to my destination. I met seven intelligent, vibrant women, and we chatted about the book, partook in refreshments, and laughed a lot. After this two-hour book/me/Sam/romance-fest, I knew I wanted to do many more of these. What a total blast!
These readers really discuss their books (for fifteen years now), and with me, didn’t hesitate to ask hard questions about:
1. My family dynamic now
2. Are Sam and I still happy? The realities of happily ever after
3. Why did I write in the present tense? Wouldn’t past tense be more natural?
4. Why did I put that awful event toward the end and not sooner?
5. How did I feel exposing so much about my life?
6. What’s next?
7. The reality of meeting someone in person after “meeting” over a computer
8. What is my responsibility in the string of failed relationships?
9. How Sam feels about The Book (we have a song: thebookthebookthebook…thebookthebookthebook, repeat)
10. As an editor, did I have a hard time being edited? (no, it was awesome!)
11. What is the bigger message?
In addition to the experience of meeting these women, I loved the surprise on their faces when they saw that I’d brought Sam–the hero of my book–along. Having him there allowed them to hear another side of the story. It was such an enjoyable night. Discussing books–all books–is an addiction for me. I love to know what people are reading and make lists upon lists so that I can add to my own ridiculous To Be Read pile.
Thanks, First Book Club (Jackie and friends!). Now I will back up my computer. Again and again.