Thursday, February 24, 2011

Putting My Toe In

By Cheri Chesley

This week, I had the opportunity to speak to a book club that read my book for February. If you ever have the chance to do this, I say go for it. I had a marvelous time.

Ironically, my husband took his nap before work while I was gone, and dreamed I had come home with a horror story of angry women waiting to rip my book to shreds because they thought it was so terrible.

That didn’t really happen, though I won’t deny the thought had crossed my mind as well.

Other than thinking I talked too long and probably about too many things, I consider it a success. I answered every question they asked, save one. (What’s the dumbest question you’ve ever gotten?—I have no idea lol) My audience remained engaged for the entire hour and forty minutes, and the first to leave seemed apologetic to have to go.

Because this was an LDS group of women, I felt more comfortable infusing the facts of my drive to write being directly connected with my place in Heavenly Father’s plan. I’m happy to share that, but in some situations (like school visits) it’s inappropriate to state it quite that way.

In April, the book club I’m a member of is doing my book. Depending on how that goes, this may become my new favorite thing.

What are you most looking forward to as an author?


Melissa J. Cunningham said...

How fun! I'm so glad you had the opportunity! It's official! You're an author. Do you ever just lie in bed thinking it's all a dream? Wish I could have been there!

Maggie said...

I think that would be really neat because you could talk about your whole book without spoiling it--they've already read it--and find out what they thought of the characters and even your ending.

I would love to do that with some of the authors whose books I've read.

Canda said...

How exciting for you and for them. Author's know so much more about the story and the characters than ever makes it into the book. I'm sure they loved getting the scoop.