My adventure started with an invitation from Kathy Murphy’s Girlfriend Weekend, the annual extravaganza of her Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club. It’s actually the largest network of book clubs in the world and each year members are invited to celebrate the newest books in the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches.
And what a party it was! Headlining authors included Jamie Ford, Alice Hoffman, M. J. Rose, and longtime Girlfriend Club Member Lisa Wingate. Forty-some authors sat in on dozens of speeches, chats, panels, and book signings.
I was privileged to introduce my newest book, The Boy Who Wanted Wings to the many dozens of readers, many of whom return to this January event every year. I dare to say hundreds of new friendships were formed in the three days.
Themes included “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a return to the Hippy Sixties. On Friday night a good ole barbeque dinner was served to club members by the authors. It was a treat for both members and authors, believe me.
Saturday night brought the Big Hair Ball where tiaras were the order of the day. I made do with a new cowboy hat. More book banter and great music led up to the highlight of the night: the crowning of the Timber Guy King, the person who is acclaimed the sexiest reader of stories.
Lo and behold – some way, somehow, I won the acclamation of the crowd and was crowned King. (It’s good to be the King.) At that point it was my pleasure to select the Queen of the Big Hair Ball.
A most memorable weekend! It’s true, too: It’s Good to be the King!
Check out Kathy Murphy’s Club here: http://www.thepulpwoodqueens.com/