I LOVE BOOK CLUBS
As a non-fiction author, it’s particularly meaningful when you have a chance to connect live with readers who’ve had the experience to “meet” your real life characters. This opportunity recently happened for me when I got an email invitation to attend a long standing book club who’d read Adventurers Against Their Will. I was in the midst of completing the manuscript for my second book, My Dear Boy, so we scheduled the meeting for two months hence. That night arrived in March 2016. Here’s the email feedback I received following the evening. It turns out it was as magical a night for me as it apparently was for them!
…Words can’t even begin to express how special you made our book club gathering. I know the rest of the ladies were as awed as I was that you brought your Dad’s pants that he was wearing when he escaped. They bring such a reality to the discussion of your great book. I get “chills” every time I think of all the “synchronicities” that happened and still happen as you bring “The Adventurers” stories to more and more people.
I have received so many emails from the Book Club ladies and believe me when I say they are still ecstatic about your presentation last evening. Your genuineness in sharing and all the visuals you presented added an extra layer of understanding to the complexities and realities of “The Adventurers” lives. The ladies will be talking about this for a long, long time. As many of them have mentioned, this was the highlight of our 14 years together as a book club. And, needless to say, we are all looking forward to the release of your next book.
And, I must tell you, I was flooded with many happy memories as I collected and made the recipes for the Czech dishes that I so enjoyed throughout my childhood. Traditions are what connect us to our heritage. How blessed we are that we can make this happen.
Thank you again for a very special evening for all of us.