Last week I attended my first book club meeting with a group of women discussing my novel, Jennifer’s Garden. First and foremost, it was a privilege to be there and second, I was thrilled to take part!
Writing is a solitary endeavor and connecting with readers is done primarily via the web, book signings and the like. So when I had the opportunity to meet and chat with readers in person, I jumped on it. Unabashedly.
In light of this, one woman asked, “Do you ever get lonely? Spending so much time by yourself at the computer?”
I laughed. Me? Lonely? Never! I have too many characters to keep me company and not enough hours to write about them! I also have kids and a husband and a part-time dog. Who has time to be lonely?
But I understood the point she was making. So many writers do spend hours upon hours alone, with no feedback, no validation, no connection to those enjoying their books. It’s tough. Very tough. But we write, because we have to write, don’t we?
As a reader, I love book clubs because they introduce me to stories I would never experience on my own. There are certain departments in the bookstore I never venture, certain books I’d never pull from the shelf. I think everyone can attest to having their favorites. So when I hazard out of my comfort zone, I’m the better for it. I’m exposed to new and wonderful authors, interesting trains of thought…
It’s mind-opening. Glorious! But one of the greatest rewards I gained from attending the book club meeting as the author of said book was listening to women “get” my stories. They understood the theme, agreed, disagreed and discussed.
It was awesome. Authors: have you ever attended a book club meeting this way? Readers: ever thought about asking the author to attend? Works especially well when seeking “local authors” in your area. That’s how I was discovered!!
Posted on January 21, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged book clubs, books, Condemn Me Not, contemporary, Dianne Venetta, readers, romance, women's fiction, women's issues. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.