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Book Club Meeting
4/24/2010 4:33:16 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Author attendance at the Huntington Park Library Book Club meeting.

On April 6, 2010, I attended the Huntington Park Library Book Club meeting, where my book, “The Immigrants’ Daughter,” was discussed. The lady who was going to introduce me to the club members had a car accident on the eve of the event, and thankfully was alright except for significant bruises, but she could not attend the meeting. So I was on my own. Fortunately I had prepared a set of questions, to forestall any untoward events, just in case. Such premonition does not arise from pessimism. It comes about with experience because when an author is expected to deliver her very best, and plans run amok, he or she better have an alternate plan to live up to people’s expectations. Believe me, those questions came in handy.  They created a relaxed atmosphere. Opinions floated back and forth. We had a fair exchange of ideas and impressions.

 

A discussion group of this type tickles the author’s ego.  I was happy to hear that my book was interesting enough to engage focused attention for several hours. It was the best compliment I could receive. It was also interesting to find out that each reader had a favorite page or paragraph that touched her personally. Not two were alike. I felt that I had sensitive tentacles reaching out to human chords, thus creating a bridge of understanding with complete strangers. On the whole it was a successful event and the comments have been complimentary.

 

On the same note, when I attended a community event this month, a guy came running to tell me that he never finished a book, but he read mine through and through in one day. Such confessions send me running to my desk, to sit and write for twelve hours straight or as long as my energy will keep me awake. Writing is not a profession. It is an addiction. Now I understand why many writers died in poverty but live forever.   



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More Blogs by Mary Terzian
• Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
• The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010
• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
•  Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010  
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008


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