I’ve been part of the same book club for more than ten years.
We’ve read good books and bad ones, classic literary works and racy erotica. We’ve supported each other through marriages and divorces, births and deaths. We’ve laughed together, cried together, and on one memorable occasion, watched our founding member strip off her shirt in the throes of a hot flash and continue the meeting in her bra.
In a roundabout way, I credit my book club with the fact that I became an author. It happened several years ago at the beginning of our “summer smut” tradition. Each year, we pick one fluffy beach read to enjoy in July or August, and that year we chose a book by a well-known romance author.
I won’t name the author or the book, but I will say that every single one of us HATED it. The writing was cliché and stilted. The premise was ridiculous. The characters were sniveling idiots.
I say all this as a longtime fan of the romance genre.
And so I did.
And so I discovered it’s a helluva lot harder than it looks.
It took several tries, a whole lot of road bumps, and the discovery that my true “voice” lies in romantic comedy as opposed to traditional romance.
Just last week, I realized we’ve come full circle when members of my book club were swapping emails about reading selections for the coming months.
“Well, we all know what we’re reading in August,” wrote one member.
“What?” I wrote back cluelessly.
“Um, YOUR book?!”
Are you part of a book club? Do you tend to favor classics, new releases, or an eclectic mix? Are you a wine-fueled bunch that’s prone to removing clothing during meetings, or do you tend to be a bit more reserved? Please share!
And please keep in mind that if you ever read my book and end up slamming it down on the table with a declaration that you could do better, I don’t want to know about it!
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