It turns out that there are some pleasures to be gotten this business of flogging a new book, even for someone shy like me.
The members of the Romance Readers Group at the Borders in Los Gatos were warm, lovely, and hospitable last night. And many thanks to Romance Expert Ellen Higuchi for setting it up, and writer friends Jackie Yau and Veronica Wolff for transportation after my car crapped out.
I got to spritz a little about my writing and about other romance novels and writers I like — and even to address a problem that I haven’t yet solved as a romance writer, having to do with characters in a series: Which is, when you bring in the happily married people from the earlier books, how do you get them to act like real people instead of blissful fountains of happiness?
Because I’ve never been able to write a romance series, and this might be part of the reason. So if you have an answer to the Great-Already-Married-and-Just-Too-Happy-Problem, feel free to comment.
And if you live in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area and love reading and talking about romance fiction, you might want to give this group a try. It’s at the Borders at 50 University Ave. in beautiful Los Gatos. Everybody’s welcome. And you can call (408) 395-6622 for more information.
Oh, and I know that they’ll have signed copies of The Edge of Impropriety out on their shelves starting next Tuesday, because I signed them. *GRIN”
And also please drop by the History Hoydens blog today, when I talk some more about Edge, and about feeling on the edge of just-breaking history as well. The name of the post (I like this) is “The Best Seductions Begin With Words and Ideas,” and I’ll be popping in and out today for comments and discussion, and Sunday (in between election phone-banking) as well.
While as for tomorrow (Saturday) — well, tomorrow I’m taking a break from history and the election and book promotion and all this Sally-Field do-you-like-me-and-my-book stuff by sitting in silence and learning about “the grace of acceptance” (just in case) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin.