Our Provident Ladies Book Club keeps getting better and better!
Our guest for March was Rachel Nunes, a best-selling LDS author with thirty published titles to her name, and more on the way! Her book, Fields of Home, has been nominated as a 2008 Whitney Finalist for General Fiction and The Independence Club was a Whitney Finalist in 2007. Her picture book, Daughter of a King, has sold over 70,000 copies and is still in print—which is amazing in this market!
For our book discussion, we chose Eyes of a Stranger. Rachel said she didn't intend to write a suspense novel, but that's how it turned out. This book follows the story of Bret Winn, who is Liana's brother in Flying Home. It also introduces the character Autumn Rain, who will be featured in Rachel next book.
Rachel talked about her writing process—boy, does she write fast! Then she goes through the book again for fixes, then sends it out to readers. All in all, her books go through about 10 revisions from first draft to final copy.
We had a great time asking her questions about writing and her upcoming books. Rachel was an absolute delight and brought special bookmarks for each of us, to help us to remember to go after our dreams.
We had quite a few people show up, but some of them had already left by the time I remembered to break out the camera. However, the young woman pictured below gets the award for being "#1 Fan" because she came all the way from Murray just to meet Rachel.
Rachel also brought copies of her book, A Greater Love, and gave them to everyone who purchased one of her books from the store. Those of you who missed the book club, aren't you sorry you didn't come? If that doesn't convince you that you really missed out, this should:
Because I forgot to bring the cookies last month, we made up for it with these extra special Easter cookies from Kneaders. Yum-o! (Now you're really kicking yourself, aren't you?)
Oh, and we had our first male book clubber attend. He drove Rachel's #1 fan down for the event.