We read Dead and Berried, by Karen McInerney, in preparation for an author visit! We had a wonderful turnout for the meeting, one of our largest, and we all enjoyed a delightful visit with Karen McInerney! She shared some of her history with us, telling us how she got started writing by reading all the Nancy Drew books as a child, how she came to Austin to work on a PhD in ecology and ended up writing mysteries with lots of references to nature...and recipes in them. She told us some of the details of how her stories evolve and how she puts them together. She wrote her first book on paper but now she writes at Starbucks, bringing her laptop and sitting until she writes her 20 pages or 15,000 words or whatever is her goal. Regular customers have gotten to know her, and those of us who met her could see that she has the people skills to make and keep friends but also keep people from keeping her from her daily writing. Karen gave us an enlightening rendition of juggling 3 very young children and a husband and writing, entertaining the food editor of the Austin American Statesman, and following such editorial advice/orders as adding 10,000 words of romance to her new werewolf series books. She gave us some good laughs! And she signed everyone's books, each with a thoughtful personalized message.
Jennifer brought some gorgeous brownies, from the recipe in Dead and Berried. My vegan diet didn't allow me to taste them, but they were tempting and got great reviews from those who ate them up!