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My Heart Smiled

February 23, 2014

When I got my first invitation to speak at a bookclub, I was humbled — as well as terrified!  It’s one thing to say “it’s just a story and I welcome your feedback.”  But it’s another thing altogether to listen to a group dissect your baby.  Was I really ready to hear what people thought?

Yes, I was.  Even though I was nervous that I might hear some bad, I was also incredibly curious to know what made people laugh or cry — what parts did they tell their friends about or skip over?  lol  I can never tell how people will receive what I’ve written.  If they will like the characters and appreciate the nuances.

Yesterday all of my theories were put to the test as I met with the oldest bookclub in Atlanta:  curiously enough, named, the Imani Literary Group.  For an hour plus, these 15 women discussed the highs and lows of When I Was Broken.  Parts they loved, and parts they loved to hate.  IT WAS AWESOME!

I got lots of questions on what parts of the story were true, and we talked about mental health issues as well as the need for women to take care of themselves.  I appreciated the critical comments, because it made the positive feedback feel that much more authentic.  Especially when one woman said, “THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ” and another said ‘WHY DOESN’T OPRAH HAVE THIS?”

My heart smiled.

imani literary book club

 

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