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Old 03-18-2015, 05:46 PM
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Default Shelter *spoilers* Help me prepare for a book club!

A book club local to me is reading my book (Shelter) and I kid you not, people say "I read your book" and my mind shuts down and the most I manage is "oh, great"

So, pretty please, help me practice talking/typing about it.

What's a book club like? What kind of questions will I get? What's going to happen?

Tell me what you liked and didn't like about the book. Don't worry about offending me, whatever you didn't like, I promise you my husband already told me the same thing

I'm concerned I'm going to walk into the meeting and stare stupidly at them with nothing to say.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:13 PM
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It might not hurt to look at the book group guides from another book to get an idea of what to expect/what things they might want to discuss. http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides
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I read a thing about what it's like to have an author come in, so I guess I have a general idea.

Whatever. If I go in and look stupid, oh well. This is (probably) the only one I'll do. I already refused to do book tours or signings set up by the publisher.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:41 PM
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Beyond the book itself, I'd be ready to talk about what made you write the book, what inspired you, what you would have done if you found yourself in their situation, etc.
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Okay, that's good. My game plan is not to survive the end dope a/c so I will let the zombies eat me

I was inspired by... I don't really know. Prepping fascinates me, so that was part of it, plus I needed to write a book. I also like developing characters and showing how they grow and change.

Hmmm, I would say I wasn't so much inspired as I was determined to write a novel.

So something like that?
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Sounds good!
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Well, doesn't help my nerves any, but at least I did something to prepare
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Details are good. Honestly, the one part that put me off was the monologue/rant about the government. Agree or disagree, it was very soapbox and not really plot-necessary. As a book club veteran, I can guarantee that will come up so be prepared to field the negative on that without being defensive . We've done a live chat with an author in ours, although I was actually unable to attend (I miss maybe one a year and that was the one!). We're always interested in the author bio as well as other books written or things that inspired the story.

Being able to talk to the author and get actual answers is so much fun!
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That's pretty much a consistent criticism I've gotten. I think, in hindsight, while I've heard a lot of teenagers rant that way, I was trying to turn him into too much of an egg lol I tried too hard, but live and learn. It actually *is* relevant the later books, but yeah, not so much for the first book (and didn't need to be in that much detail so soon). My husband flat out hated that part and told me to get off my high horse.

I did learn from that, though, and didn't do anything like that in book 2

The real life inspirations were people, a bit (those who know me well see my family woven all through the books), and the preppers TV shows... hmm. I need to think more on that.
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Don't worry - didn't stop me, I've already pre-ordered #2!! (Jillybean is a little disturbing to read as all I can do is picture my daughter, but I got through that too!)
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She doesn't learn to knit on the page, no, but probably she will learn in her mid-twenties.
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Have you had your book club meeting yet?
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Nope, not 'til June so I have months yet to go to get worried about it.

Let me know when you're done because I really want to ask people about those last two chapters of Prison...
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I'm done!
I don't know ow if I should say more and post spoilers ha!
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