Last night I did a book 'gig' that was quite a bit different from the bookstores and libraries I've been doing over the last while.
I met Margaret - an avid bookworm - when I was doing a store event several weeks ago. She told me she's part of a book club, and asked if I'd be interested in being a guest some time. Of course I said yes, and the 'some time' was last night.
What a fun evening, and I'm so lucky to have been invited!
The soiree was potluck dinner at Margaret's home. The girls each brought a yummy a dish to share, plus there was plenty of vino... All the right ingredients for a great evening!
So, while sipping a glass of bold red wine, and eating enough delicious food to feed an army (homemade mac n' cheese, grilled asparagus, spinach and brie salad, mango crepes, etc.) , we had a great talk about Blood and Groom, and about writing and publishing in general.
It felt so good to interact with people like this - so different from the brief encounters at retail outlets, or from the more formal and one-directional library gigs. These women were wonderful! They had all read the book, and had specific questions about it (which means they actually really did read it, and I certainly learned from them (male/female?!)).
It's also cool that this book club is in Toronto, which is where Blood and Groom is set. So, I gave the girls the background gossip on the real places mentioned in the book (and on real places that I've thinly disguised). Sasha's office really was my office long ago, and I know they all recognized the real "Chadwick's" and the real "Crystal Cove Spa"!
We also had a great talk on how I named and developed characters (hee hee hee, especially villains), how I started - and finished - writing the novel, and what the whole first time novelist experience has been like.
It was a fantastic evening, filled with great food, interesting and intelligent people, and I am so glad they invited me to join them!