I’ve been a part of a phenomenal book club for a few years now. The girls are fantastic and we’ve chosen some really great reads. We catch up, drink wine, eat food, and candidly discuss our latest pick before voting on the next choice. Then we go right back to catching up, drinking wine, and eating food.
At our last meeting, someone threw out the idea to have a bacon-themed book club the next time we met. Why? I can’t remember. But…does it matter? Because bacon.
We all had the task of showing up with something that contained bacon. Anyone connected to me, knows I have an amazing lack of cooking abilities. So I really tried to be creative. First, I tried to buy a bacon scented candle (for creative ambiance, of course) but shipping was more than the price of the candle. I briefly considered purchasing bacon flavored gum from a sketchy looking website, but even I thought that was going too far. And so, I contributed the only way I knew how: shopping at Target.
Behold the wonder of bacon bits!
Thankfully, I’m the only smart-ass in the group who can’t cook. Which means the rest of the spread was a wonderous feast of bacon. Bacon wrapped dates. Bacon stuffed mushroom caps. Bacon dip of all sorts. And to wrap things up, the most amazing dessert in the history of bacon-flavored-desserts. Prepare yourselves, because…you guys? Angie made bacon-flavored-chocolate cupcakes.
Having already reached a new high on the awesome scale, why stop there? And that’s where Kathleen Grissom comes in.
Remember back when I wrote about The Kitchen House? I loved it so much that I sent my review to the author, Kathleen. I shared that I was also starting my very first novel and asked if she had any advice for a new writer. Here’s the thing. Not only did she comment on my blog post…but she wrote back. She gave me advice and we connected back and forth over email. I felt like I had a new-found direction on writing. And then it got even more awesome. She volunteered to call in to our book club.
Of course, we took her up on the offer. So last night, after eight girls were done shoving their pretty little faces full of bacon-flavored-everything (complete with three choices of bacon bits for extra flavor, I might add), Kathy called in to talk about her debut novel.
We put my cell on speaker and crowded around to hear her talk about writing. About how she allowed the characters to write themselves. About how the story came to her. It was inspiring to hear how she dove into research, how she connected with each person in her novel and “let them do the talking.”
It made me appreciate her story even more.
If you’re looking for a great read, I highly recommend picking up The Kitchen House. The story is heartbreaking. As an added bonus: you’ll be reading something by an author that cares about her book and her readers.
And hey, Kathy? We totally owe you some bacon-flavored-chocolate cupcakes.