A Collection of Unexpected Interactions
This blog is a reflection on, and a collection of, unexpected interactions. This post will evolve and grow as time goes on. Come back again — I’m sure I will be adding more!
Reader question: “How did you come up with the name ‘Carolyn Porter’?”
It’s my real name, so the question threw me for a loop — until I realized the person asking the question didn’t know I kept my maiden name. They are a relative on Aaron’s side of the family; they assumed I had taken Aaron’s last name, and that “Porter” was an invented nom de plume.
“Oh my god, this book! I cannot continue reading, but I cannot put it down. It’s too intense. Anyone who is not gripped by this is a robot.”
They were in tears by page 11.
At the June 26 event at the Ramsey County Library–White Bear Lake, I was astonished to see a woman made a pin using a miniature image of the cover. I’m pretty sure my jaw fell open when I first saw it — then when she handed it to me! Thank you Peggy Parenteau! What a delightful surprise!
Reader question: “When did you get such a potty mouth?”
This question came from someone I’ve known since college — someone who claims they’ve never heard me swear before. I explained the internal monologue running through my head is frequently littered with f-bombs. The book simply commits those thoughts to paper. Read more here.
Reader comments about fonts and handwriting:
“I’m making an effort to write in cursive more often.”
“I had NO IDEA making a font was so much work!”
“I had never paid attention to fonts before. Now I see fonts everywhere!”
Reader Assignment: Bring an old family letter to book club
I’ve met with several book clubs where book club members had been given an assignment (above and beyond reading the book): they were instructed to bring along an old family letter. At one book club, the hostess brought out a letter, written in old-style German, that was framed and hung in her home. I love this assignment, in part because it prompts book club members to share their own family stories.