MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct.26/17 – Book Club Visit
Had a wonderful visit yesterday (Oct.25/17) with the lovely ladies from St. John’s United Church in Botany, Ontario. They made me feel so welcome. We started out with introductions, then everyone around the table got to say what they thought of my book River of the Stick Wavers. I’m happy to report that every single person in the group loved my book and could relate to the character of Grace Irwin. They asked questions like: Where did you get the idea for Turtle Island? How do you go about organizing your novel? How did I know how a woman who loses her huband would feel? They asked this last one because they felt I hit the nail on the head with Grace’s emotions when she lost her husband. One felt that Grace’s husband held her back from living a complete life, but I think that Charles wasn’t a bad guy, just a product of his time (1962). No-one liked the bad guy, Henry Franco, who made Grace’s life miserable. But Franco had his own baggage that prevented him from being a better person than he turned out to be. Once you learn of his own suffering, perhaps you too, would empathize with him.
It was so nice to sit down and talk about my book with people who appreciated it. It reminded me how much I’ve learned about writing. Everyone hated the book to end and can’t wait for the next one which takes one of the characters from Stick Wavers and tells her story. I’ve been invited back when it’s published. Guess I’d better get to work.
NOTE: Thank you ladies of St. John’s church. I had a wonderful visit and hope to see you all again soon.