Books Clubs By Phone

I had the best time last night visiting with a book club in Raleigh, NC. And the best thing was, I didn’t have to drive to get to the meeting. I just picked up the phone, and we talked for half an hour. I felt as if I was right there in the room with them as we talked about my favorite subject in the world…you guessed it…Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Of course, we talked about more than just Eleanor. The group had just read my first novel, THE QUEEN’S PAWN, so it was a lot like visiting family or dear friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile. Since TO BE QUEEN came out in April, most group discussions have been about Eleanor and her early life, but last night, we got to explore the issues raised by THE QUEEN’S PAWN: character motivation and the influence of point of view, love of mother for daughter and mother for son. We talked about Princess Alais and her wild times with Henry II, about the princess’ relationship to the king as it compared to her relationship with Richard and Eleanor. The group asked great questions and had insights into my novel that made me take a look at it from a new perspective. And for a writer, that is a wonderful thing. I love it when readers show me things about my work that I had not seen before. Even a project that took three years to write, when seen through new eyes, can yield new treasure. Thank you to Laura and her lovely group.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.