Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Clubs

Jennifer talks about presenting to a book club...

Last night, I attended a book club as the guest author. A friend of my mom’s heard that I’d given a talk to a Jewish women’s group about my books and wanted me to come to her book club and give the same talk.

I spoke with her ahead of time and suggested she read The Seduction of Esther, which was my newest book at the time, but she said she wanted the group to read A Heart of Little Faith.

I was a little nervous about that because the book club is made up of a bunch of teachers, and as my first book, it has things in it I wish I could fix, but she really wanted to read it, so I said, “Of course.” Since that book is being re-released, I made sure they knew to buy it early.

Armed with the speech I thought they wanted me to give, postcards and a pen, I went over and met a lovely bunch of women who have been meeting as a book club once a month for 37 YEARS!

They asked me a ton of questions, everything from my writing process to what I liked best or least about the book to what I read. It was a great experience. They didn’t have me make my speech, which is good because I don’t think a speech works in a book-club environment. They also served a ton of food, which is always nice, especially for an author who puts a lot of food in her books!

I still have a hard time imagining my books as a book club selection—they don’t have questions in the back and they are definitely predictable (the happily ever after, and all), although several of them thought I was going to go in one direction when I went in a completely different one—but this is my second book club discussion, so I’m getting used to it. I think the appeal is being able to meet with the author.


  1. Glad it went well. I enjoyed the talk I did with a book club - more an informal chat than a talk actually, and I also got lots of questions!
    In one sense, romances are no more predictable than many other genres - the goodies triumph and the baddies get their come-uppance!

  2. I agree. And they actually asked questions I hadn't been asked before, which made it more interesting for me.

  3. How fun! I used to do a book club with some friends of mine. Most of the time we'd read the book, set a date to get together, and then talk for the book for all of about ten minutes. The gathering was mostly a good excuse to get together to chat and...yep...eat.

    I must say, we did choose quite a few books I never would have read and wound up liking. There were, of course, a few I wished I hadn't read.

    I think it would be fun and scary at the same time to have one of my books be the subject of a book club discussion.

    1. It was a bit scary, but honestly, they were a great bunch of women and it was interesting to hear what they had to say. But I can't imagine meeting monthly for 37 years!

  4. it sounds like you gathered more fans, Jen. People remember people whom they meet in person. Word of your greatness will spread.