What Book Clubs Want (or at least mine)

As a member of a book club since 2008, I know the importance of the coveted discussion questions that go with any book selected. While my book club is pretty stealthy with reviewing and analyzing a book, we can miss a lot and go straight to the food. The questions keep us on track.

When I wrote A Light in the Dark, I promised I would have questions available, and my book club taught me well. They don’t appreciate questions impregnated with a bunch of other questions. Twenty questions are good. Twenty questions within a question? Not so much. We’re a book club but we don’t have all evening.

So, I crafted my questions carefully, keeping their comments in mind. The one thing I failed to do was conveniently include them in the back of the book as my book club so enjoys. That would have been nice but now I know why that sometimes doesn’t happen. As a writer, and a rookie novelist, I was focused on the editing process so much so that I ran out of time to do much else. I forgive myself for that as editing is kind of a big deal. The discussion questions had to come later for the sake of the project and so they did.

I know a lot of authors make discussion questions available on their author websites so that is the route I took to make them easily accessible.

I know the Book Club Gangstas will be all over them, which makes me happy. I hope many others will, too. Here’s to happy book clubbing.