Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to travel up to Boston to meet with a friend’s book club that had chosen Probability Angels as their January read. I spent two and a half hours on Saturday night listening to a room full of brilliant and beautiful women discuss my work and ask me questions about the art of writing. Then they fed me bacon. To say that I enjoyed myself wouldn’t just be an understatement, it would be an insult to understatements everywhere.
It was, quite simply, one of the greatest experiences ever to come out of my obsession with words and I wanted to thank the BBBC publicly for taking my work to heart and giving me the chance to sit in on their meeting.
I continue to be astonished at the range of people who enjoy Probability Angels. After I finished writing this book if you had asked me: “What sort of audience do you think this will attract?” I never in a million years would have replied, “Oh, well clearly professional women in their twenties with extensive educations are the optimal target for my book about zombie knife fights.”
Which just goes to show you that whenever possible I should avoid thinking about such things because all manner of people keep reading it and all manner of people keep loving it and, really, there’s a lot more going on in this book than zombie knife fights…but I’ll always lovingly think of this as my zombie story.
Plus maybe zombies are more universal than I realized.
Extensive thanks to the BBBC for taking this notion of a wider audience to a whole new level and ruining me forever for all future book clubs. Seriously. If you invite me to your book club you’d damn well better bring some heat. And then feed me bacon. You have a serious bar to surmount.
I honestly might have convinced myself that I made the entire thing up but there’s no way my imagination could have created such a perfect night and, also, I have photographic proof. Granted I look rather deer-in-the-headlights here but…well look at them! And it’s a book about zombies! Who wouldn’t have been surprised by this?
Hopefully the sequel merits a return trip. It’s a love story after all…with zombies in it.