The Lakemont neighborhood book club said they were happy to have the writer at their discussion of VIRAL. I hope I let them know just how thrilled I was that they chose and read my book as well as having a lively and insightful discussion about it and all things writerly. I answered as best I could! About as much fun as ANY scribbler could have...what a fantastic and intelligent group of women!
Joseph-Beth, 2785 Dixie Hwy, Crestview Hills, KY
Open to all. Spotlighting Viral, with maybe a hint or two about what’s next.
There I was, acting like a real writer in a real bookstore, talking about VIRAL. It was amazing. Thanks to all who came, asked questions, and made it one of the best days of my life.
2911 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY
Had the BEST time with the guys from the Men's Reading Group on a fiercely cold and snowy evening. We poked and prodded VIRAL every which way, and they wanted to know about my prowess with firearms (none). But I can write about 'em. Very gracious and appreciative of my little novel, they deserve kudos for coming out in such dreadful weather to discuss it with intelligence and humor.
It’s gratifying to know that people are still interested in the first novel.
I was given a warm welcome at another Northern Kentucky book club. We had a lively discussion about obsessions and families and why Keith behaved the way he did.
Some excellent ideas and fun disagreements!
Best of all, I met a Colombian lady who was intrigued by my Cartagena references and discovered she was born in Barranquilla where we once taught.
The KY Book Fair was an exhilarating experience! Good conversation and the excitement of seeing Sharyn McCrumb, Maurice Manning, George Ella Lyon, and Silas House. And I met the amazing Rita Mae Brown and Jamie Ford. Wow!
From Facebook - Back from the conference with writing batteries fully charged! The physical ones are a little depleted, however. Up this hill and down the next--guess that's why they call it the MOUNTAIN Heritage Literary Festival.
Some interesting reactions to the piece I read from the new novel. One guy said, "You stand up there with your sweet smile (he graciously refrained from saying 'and your old face') and we're expecting Christmas cookie recipes from Mrs. Claus. Then you read this dark, horrific stuff."
Well. I guess I need to look more edgy. Tatoos? Piercings?
Complete account - JT is being modest in not telling the whole story. With somewhat grudging approval, here goes. The opening scene of the novel concerns a terrorist aboard an international flight. He has been purposely infected with a highly contagious variant of hemorrhagic flu. It details how he spreads his mucous and saliva among the passengers.
Imagine the surprise that this was met with laughter from the audience. Discussing this with others after the fact elicited the incongruity mentioned above. It was also considered, "Whistling through the graveyard." The other readings got polite clapping, but JT's was received with very nearly thunderous applause along with some hooting.