Questions, Answers, Sales, Chocolate!
Wow! I just got off the phone with the Southern half of Evelyn David. She just finished her talk at the Lawton Public Library in Lawton, Oklahoma and was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I've heard of a runner's high – that point in a race where all your endorphins kick in. I think there is also an author's high. That moment of sheer delight when you've met readers who share with you how much they like your book.
The group at Lawton was small, but enthusiastic. InkyFingers and Marilyn, two friends from MySpace, were kind enough to stop by. Marilyn even wore a Murder Off the Books t-shirt! (Check out our store at CafePress.com
Dory Thomas, the librarian, was a gracious and delightful host. The Southern half is ready to return to Lawton at any time. It was such an incredible experience. Many thanks!
Every person in the audience bought a book! The question and answer period was lively. Readers always want to know about the process: how do two people write with one voice? The answer is that it's less whether the original scene is in a single voice than that the finished product is. Every scene is rewritten, refined, and polished so many times that the rough edges and small differences in style are eliminated. We literally don't remember who drafted which scene.
One audience member wanted to know if we ever disagreed with each other – and who won the argument. The Southern half told me that we will have to argue more on the sequel since the first book was surprisingly conflict-free! We are both pretty polite, both tend to laugh when the going gets rough, and both able to defend our opinions without rancor. Sure we occasionally disagreed, but we really did listen carefully to each other's position on a topic and then came to a consensus or compromise. Would that all work projects go so easily!
We always are delighted to hear about favorite characters in the book. Marilyn loved Edgar Tweed, a supporting, but vital character who made her laugh. So do we.
The Southern half has started her 5+ hour trip home. I'm off in an hour for the Roxbury Public Library in Succasunna, New Jersey. I'll post my thoughts later.
For those who attend our talks, and for all of you who read our blogs, many, many thanks. Writing Murder Off the Books was a wonderfully creative process. Meeting you, in person or online, is the icing on a fabulous cake!