Friday, August 6, 2010

One Week and Counting

In one week I will be sitting a Jack's Restaurant with ten women discussing the book, Wilson Mooney.  Yeah, that's right, my book.  It's a unique situation.  Most of the time when people have a book club meeting, the book they choose is usually published and the author isn't in attendance.  How lucky am I to have these ladies want to talk about my unpublished book and with me in the room?
A couple of weeks ago, one of my beta readers came to me and told me she thought we should have the first book club meeting for Wilson Mooney.  I won't lie to you.  I was totally excited and completely freaked out at the same time (I still am).  The thought of sitting at a table discussing what they think of my beloved Wilson and Max is a bit intimidating.   
When I wrote WM, it never really crossed my mind that I would have so many people who would want to read it in its infant stage.  And now, the fact that they want to sit down with me and talk about it blows me away.
I think I understand now that Wilson and Max might hold a special spot in their hearts too.  That my beta's feel just as protective of, Wilson, Max, Cindy, Nick and Wayne as I do.  Sometimes I wonder if the characters feel as real to them as they do to me?   
Maybe the book takes them back to that buried memory of what it felt like to fall in love for the first time.  The young love and the purity it seemed to have.  Or maybe it just gives them a place they can escape to for a short moment of their lives.  For whatever reason they keep reading and I am delighted.
The gratitude I feel for each and every one of these very special people, who honored me by taking time from their busy schedules, families, sleep, and evenings to read WM is immeasurable.  The fact that they not only read it once, but multiple times is incredible. 
So today I dedicate this post to you, my beta readers!  Here is my SHOUT-OUT to you who've got my back!   
I thank you my beta peeps! 
I wonder if Jack's sells a Skip and Go Naked?  
I guess we'll see next week!

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