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Top 10 Sound Bites Heard at Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriends’ Weekend ‘13

January 29, 2013


I look forward to this book club convention every year: Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriends’ Weekend! (Otherwise known as PWQ GFWE.) Not only does it boast some talented and creative writers—but many of them are Very Funny People! And although the following quotes weren’t all funny—they were profound enough to my little mind, that I wrote them down so I could read them again—and of course, share them with you…

10. “Don’t think it’s cool to meet us—it’s cool for us to meet you!” Charles Martin (author of Thunder and Rain) on the highly interactive author/reader networking at PWQ GFWE. (Also one of the hottest-looking guys at the event. I’m just sayin’…) Yeah—that made you check out his link, didn’t it?

9.Read this book and your family will die!Mitchel Whitington (author of Jefferson: Images of America) on his favorite “bad” book review, and the complimentary, “I read your book. I’ve read all the ones about Jefferson. I couldn’t find hardly anything to argue about in yours.” Mitchel Whitington on his favorite “good” book review.”

8.  “[My book] is not based on anyone I know because I don’t have that much nerve.” Leila Meacham (author of Roses and Tumbleweeds) when asked if any of her characters were ‘real’.

7. “These girls were so mean, I’d buried my Southern accent by lunchtime.” Amy Hill Hearth (author of Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Literary Society and Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years on her move from South Carolina to New York in Junior High.

6. “They were calling me ‘A fresh voice in Southern fiction.’  I hate to tell them, but I grew up in Philly.” Patti Callahan Henry (author of Coming Up for Air) on perception versus reality.

5. “Everyone has ‘a story’—Hitler had ‘a story’!” Robert Leleux (author of The Living End and The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy) on defending bad behavior by saying ‘I’m sure she had her own story’…

4. “It’s not a good sign when an 87-year old woman begins with, ‘When I was born…’” Jan Ward (my high school BFF) on panelist Mary Alice Parmley (author of Traveler) starting the ‘A’ part of her Q&A session. (Mary Alice actually turned out to be delightful, no matter how scary her preamble…)

3. “If I’m not getting lucky, No One is!” Kaya McLaren (author of How I Came to Sparkle Again) when her agent told her that publishers would want a more conventional ending to her book.

2. “I don’t have any idea as to what I’m going to say, but I am sooooooo excited to say it!” Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (author of Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy and Suck in Your Stomach and Put Some Color On!: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters The Rest of Y’all Should Know) on her keynote talk at PWQ GFWE.

…and the top Sound Bite heard at GFWE:

1.  “When you are readers and you come together for book club, the differences disappear.” Kathy Patrick, founder of The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Clubs and (author of The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life) on the diversity and solidarity of readers. No wonder her clubs have over 550 chapters worldwide. Preach it, Sister!

Such Great Fun! I can’t wait ‘til GFWE next year!



13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2013 1:00 pm

    Good fun reliving these moments!

    • January 29, 2013 1:12 pm

      Bill: If my video had been working, I would’ve loved to post about you and Robert and your theories on dancing! 🙂 WAY too funny…

  2. January 29, 2013 1:16 pm

    Great quotes! Thanks for cheering for books! Judy Christie

    • January 29, 2013 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Judy. There’s so much to cheer about—and so little time! BTW, I’ve just started “Wreath” and can’t wait to see what happens next. What a brave little girl! Cheers!

  3. January 29, 2013 6:29 pm

    These are awesome! Thanks for the smiles…great summary of the wonderfully inspirational experience. Cheers, julie

    • January 29, 2013 6:56 pm

      Just wait, Julie–You’re in the next post. Cheers!

      • January 30, 2013 2:54 pm

        Really? Wow! What a HUGE honor! I’m loving your site…glad to be a new “follower”…great tips for authors about being bookclub friendly, and I think you and I have the exact same taste in books! Cheers, j

      • January 30, 2013 4:50 pm

        Jules–you must have really good taste! 🙂

  4. January 30, 2013 7:02 am

    I loved reading these comments and had a good time laughing along with some of them! xoxo See you next year!

  5. February 11, 2013 4:00 pm

    What great quotes! I remember every one of them. Ahhh, missing my PW friends so much. Thanks for a sweet reminder.


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