As an author, being invited to a book club discussion is always exciting and flattering. For me, it’s the icing on the cake. It brings validation to my writing career.
Book club discussions are handled in various ways. As a guest, I tend to go with the flow—I let the members lead the discussion and I try to provide answers to all their questions. I enjoy listening to their take on the story and its characters. Yet, when face to face with my readers, I’m always sure to make this opportunity a special and memorable event.
I expend a lot of effort and thought so the members can learn something for the next book they read. I normally like to tell about how I develop my characters. I share techniques that I’m using, tricks that help me to stay focused and, at times, some secrets from my desk.
Tonight, I am taking a new approach. I’ll bring my next book into the discussion—a cookbook that is a companion book to my novel, Pinnacle Lust. Actually, I’ll go wild, take my chances and give them a bite of it—I will prepare one of the recipes from the cookbook. I want to bring my readers closer to the flavors and colors that I created in Pinnacle Lust. I’m anxious to know if they will associate the food with the right scene, or if the flavors will make them see any of the characters differently.
With each new novel I write, I bring new flavors and colors into my kitchen and new recipes into its companion book. More books and flavors are scheduled for the future.
What scene or food from Pinnacle Lust piqued your mind and palate? Did reading about any of the foods in the book make you wish you had the recipe?
Schedule a post-read discussion with me and get a real bite from my upcoming cookbook—maybe even a recipe.