Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lazy Sunday Service

I gave a reading to north Kildare crime book clubs last Tuesday in Leixlip Library. About 20 people turned up on the night, all of them women - which is an interesting tell on the membership of book clubs and, no doubt, the broader reading public (the picture right is not from the night, but one I borrowed off the internet). We had a pretty lively discussion that went on beyond the alloted hour and a half slot. The great thing about these sessions is that you learn a lot about about how people perceive your work and also you as a person and writer. You also get some interesting feedback on the stories themselves and also some suggestions as to how to improve them. Two ideas that I liked were about humour and character and subplot threading across books. I'll probably take those two up. Many thanks to those folk that did turn up and chatted away.

Posts this week:
Review of The People Who Walk in Darkness by Stuart Kaminsky
How useful is your work?
Planning permissions and planning debates
Cash or readers?

1 comment:

pattinase (abbott) said...

My book group is all women but they rarely agree to reading crime fiction. They prefer sad tales from third world countries like THE KITE RUNNER.