Last night I attended my first book club as the featured author. I had dinner with seven great ladies of Club Read, who welcomed me and my sister into their group. The book club rotates from house to house each month, and a fellow writer and friend was hosting the January meeting in her home. Kathleen Cowley and I are members of Every Woman Can Be, women’s organization focused on support and empowerment of women in business. She suggested A Second Helping to the group, and they agreed to read it. I was so excited when Kathleen said she enjoyed my story. Five months after the release of A Second Helping, it still boggles my mind that people are reading my book and enjoying it. I love my story, and it just feels good to know that other women, besides my mom and sisters, love it, too.
Kathleen prepared a few recipes from the book: Andouille Corn Chowder, Watermelon Salsa and Heirloom Tomato Pie. I brought Regina’s World-Famous Sweet Potato Pie and Triple Chocolate Fudgy Brownies. Dinner was great, and everyone enjoyed the food. Over the meal, we discussed the book, and I answered a bunch of questions they had about characters and publishing the book myself. The ladies really got into the story and shared their favorite scenes. It was so cool watching them get excited about the bathroom scene Michelle had with Damien’s ex-fiance. They even had a little sympathy for Damien for holding on and not crumbling under the pressure when Michelle put it on lockdown.
The evening was a great success, and I guess I felt so comfortable with these ladies that I couldn’t help but share a little too much personal information. I can’t remember how we got on the subject of Wesley Snipes, but I let it slip that I may have stalked Mr. Snipes just a tad after I graduated college, and that I might have sent him a card and cookies when he was in prison. But I only did it once when he turned 50. I had loose lips, and I didn’t even have any wine last night!
I feel really blessed to meet new people who enjoy and appreciate A Second Helping. It’s appeal crosses many demographics, and I’ve even had two men reach out to me to let me know that my book wasn’t bad for a “chick story.” If you ask me, I think that’s pretty cool!