A few days ago, I hosted my Book Group for cocktails, conversation and a preview of Lagging Indicators. My Book Group is comprised of women who share one fact in common: We’re all expats—hailing from the United States, Canada, France, England and Australia, to name but a few—who moved to Sweden for a relationship or work.
We meet about once a month and many of these women have become dear friends. Like most Book Groups, our choices range from commercial to literary novels; classics to contemporary fiction and non-fiction; and sometimes we eliminate books all together and go to a museum or watch a movie. In other words, we’re not too hard on ourselves! So, I thought it could be a nice change before the summer to have an event around the subject of following one’s creative passion and discuss my writing and self-publishing journey. Book groups are a curious phenomenon; the themes from the stories can spark an openness and exchange of confidences that may not occur in a regular setting. I have found myself revealing things to my Book Group that I haven’t even articulated to close friends! For this reason, I felt very comfortable giving them a sneak peek ofLagging Indicators. After mingling over wine and finger food, we sat in my living room and I gave a little presentation (slides created so professionally by my daughter) about the pros and cons of being an indie author. The questions and comments I received from the Group were so thoughtful, perceptive and encouraging! I am grateful beyond words for their support and positive energy. I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures from the evening as much as I enjoyed spending time with these wonderful women.
I was so happy my Book Group friends took the time to come out that evening.