As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to write some more about the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend. In this one, I wanted to focus on the authors I met whose books I found interesting. (Like I don’t already have a long enough reading list!)
All of these authors were witty, intense, and extremely interesting. I met Michael Morris, author of The King of Florabama (a very famous honky tonk); Elizabeth Crook, author of The Night Journal; Carolyn Turgeron, author of Rain Village, DC Stanfa, author of The Art of Table Dancing: Escapades of of an Irreverant Woman; Susan Reinhardt, author of Not Tonight Honey, Wait Until I’m a Size Six; Ruth Francisco, author of The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; and Margaret Sartor, author of Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Sex, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970’s. Everyone in Monroe who is a reader has read her book, since it was set in our own beloved city. I also finally met David Marion Wilkinson, author of Not Between Brothers. I had talked to Wilkinson on the phone a few years ago, and he guided me in my research somewhat by steering me toward how to obtain a couple of Comanche dictionaries. He was also very encouraging. I like successful writers like him who are generous and encouraging to aspiring writers like myself.
There were other writers I met during this packed weekend, but I spent the most time with these. I only wish I could have weekends like this more often.