At their final meeting of the season, the Leesburg Library Literary Guild (LLLG) enjoyed Skyping Deborah Sharp, author of the popular Mace Bauer Mystery Series. Today’s book clubs are finding all kinds of creative ways to interact with authors, from face-to-face, to conference calls, to real-time online video chats. Members were captivated as Sharp shared how she writes, what she writes, and her manner of employing a “what if” strategy when writing her comical mysteries. Attendee Berni Hebrock commented, “Deborah Sharp is as funny in person as the characters in her books! It really felt like she wanted our opinions about her writing.” Judith Martucci added, “Actually speaking with Deborah made me want to read the entire series. The way she welcomed us like old familiar friends was delightful.”
Sharp’s first book, Mama Does Time, was one of six titles selected by the LLLG for their 2010-2011 season. Members thoroughly enjoyed the book, and held a lively discussion focusing on the characters. At the top of the list was the spunky, sixty-three-year-old Mama -- a southern belle with a flair for sherbet-colored pantsuits and a tendency to drive her three loving daughters to distraction.
The group then requested an opportunity to speak with the author, a native Floridian. She readily obliged. ‘’The best thing about doing a series is hearing from readers,’’ Sharp said. ‘’Writing can be solitary, so the feedback is wonderful. Having a video-chat with the Leesburg ladies via Skype was such a treat.’’
After working as a reporter for USA Today for almost twenty years, Sharp left behind the sad stories of the news business to write hilarious fiction. Guild member Carole Biske remarked, “I enjoyed learning how authoring a humorous mystery series differed from her journalistic career. It was a laugh-out-loud moment when Deborah told us her series started when she saw an ad with an old woman in a turquoise convertible.”
The Skype session ended with a lively round of applause for the author. “What an uplifting experience,” commented Sandra Bock. Marian Florin added, “There’s so much of Deborah in her books!”
Members of the group now look forward to Sharp’s newest title, Mama Sees Stars, the fourth in her series. It will be out in September. This event marked the last meeting for the book club for this season. Organizational meetings for next year will begin in the fall. For more information about the Leesburg Library Literary Guild, please call the library at 728.9790.
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Book Cover For Mama Sees Stars
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