Last night we held our monthly Book Club. Normally we meet in the afternoon but this time we hosted an author friend of mine, Lynne Marshall. She travelled here from Los Angeles and stayed overnight. It’s a two and a half hour drive, so no small feat.
We had a holiday supper, ham, penne pasta with spinach and goat cheese, linguine with chicken and Alfredo sauce, Caesar salad, Panetonne, and parmesan-asiago cheese rolls. The bar was set up with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and sparkling water. I was the chef, and for once everything was edible. : ) Then we held the book discussion, and followed that with dessert and coffee. So if you ever wondered what romance authors eat, here is the dessert table:
We’d all read Lynne’s book, One for the Road, which is available in print from The Wild Rose Press, or through Amazon, or as an e-read from all the usual sites:
D’Anne Palmer and her husband had a life others dream of—travelling the US in a luxury forty foot motor coach, going where they wanted. Suddenly, D’Anne finds herself a widow with her only asset being the motor home. Without funds to return to California, she decides to hire out the RV.
Tyler White was a “one hit wonder” ten years ago. At a crossroads, he decides to attempt a comeback. He’s hoping the three-week tour he’s put together will reignite his career. All he needs is some cheap transportation, and the widow with the RV might fit the bill. D’Anne and Tyler discover a lot about themselves—and each other—as they journey from Nashville to Las Vegas, via Texas, with the band and Tyler’s dog.
Can close quarters really help a has-been singer on the comeback trail and a widow with California style find love?
I wrote ten or so questions that the group could ponder. I checked with Lynne first and asked if we should do our normal routine of the host asking the question and everyone getting a chance to respond, or if she’d prefer an open discussion. She said go for it and I’ll answer any questions at the end. Nobody pulled any punches. But then everyone genuinely enjoyed the book, and Lynne writes an excellent character driven story with a subtle humor. Nobody hesitated when I asked who their favorite secondary character was. All agreed that it was Bear.
Lynne doesn’t belong to a book club and found the group discussion very interesting and a source of excellent feedback. The Book Club members were happy to meet an author they’d read and to ask questions about her process, how she writes her characters, how she researches her material, and if she indeed wrote the lyrics to the songs that her rag-tag country western band sang. She did.
One thing, out of many, that I admire about Lynne is her tenacity. She knew early on that she would be published. She studied her craft, she wrote at 5am each morning before going to the day job as an R.N., and while raising teenagers. She had a passion. She believed in herself and she pursued her dreams. And now that she is published over ten times with Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance, and is continuing to write for them, plus is publishing several of her single title romances with The Wild Rose Press, she remains open to all forms of feedback.
I don’t think as a writer, as a successful writer, you ever truly stop learning. But then again, I believe that to be true of life too. If you’re fully engaged in living then you’re learning.
Lynne’s next single title, Too Close for Comfort, will be published in 2012.
To learn more about Lynne, or to see photographs of the group, please visit her website www.lynnemarshall.com