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Top 10 Sound Bites Heard at Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriends Weekend ‘14

January 27, 2014

PwQ Soundbites

Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend’s Weekend (PWQ GFWE) is one of my favorite weekends of every year. Books, authors, readers and a BIG party every night—and get this—with COSTUMES—what’s not to love? But during the day, we hear from talented keynote speakers and fascinating panels of authors talking about their books, their inspiration, and their lives. There are always several sound bites I just have to right down. And of course, with all of you, I must share my top 10…

10. “My parents were crazy—which is a very good thing for a writer.” Katherine Pancol (author of The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles) discussing her blessings of birth…

9. “Ya’ll should read my book because it’s really good. And my son’s not through college yet.” Marie Bostwick (author of Between Heaven and Texas) on the financial implications of the writing life…

8. “I want to be her.” Melanie Benjamin (author of The Aviator’s Wife) told herself this as she was signing books at an event with Jeannette Walls, and noticed Jeannette’s long line of admiring fans eager for her autograph.  Melanie was a relative unknown in the those days, having just released her debut novel, Alice I Have Been, while Jeanette was there with The Glass Castle which had been on the best-seller list for months at that point… (I think Melanie must’ve been pleased… She not only accepted the award for Best Pulpwood Queen Book of 2013—but also after her keynote speech, I noticed her book-signing queue trailed down the hall…)

7. “He likes it pretty well.” Cassandra King (author of Moonrise) and wife of Pat Conroy, responded after a reporter asked her, “How does it feel to be married to a world-class writer?”

6. “There are all kinds of voices going on in my head all the time. I write comedy because I can be crazy without being locked up.” Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (author of Heart Wide Open) on why she writes what she writes…

5. “If you wrestle with a pig in the mud, you both get dirty, but the pig enjoyed it.” Jamie Ford (author of Songs of Willow Frost) commented on the fact that an author cannot win when engaging with a reader over a negative review…

4. “I had 4 boys in 5 years. We eventually found out what caused that and closed up shop.”  Ariel Lawhon (author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress) commenting on her large family…

3. “I just talked to Pat Conroy in bed.” Karen Harrington (author of Sure Signs of Crazy) came out of her bedroom to share this little tidbit of information with her husband after Pat Conroy had phoned late one night to dictate a cover blurb for Karen’s sophomore novel…

2. “I’m the only thing standing between you and stupid.” Christa Allan (author of Edge of Grace) speaking to her English students at an all-boy’s school where she taught in a former life…

And the top sound-bite heard at PWQ GFWE…

1. “I’m the once divorced, twice married, Christian wife of a Jewish husband, a recovering alcoholic who has a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, a brother who is gay, and an African-American son-in-law. You need to be careful what you say around me.” Again, the ever-spunky Christa Allan on her multi-levels of diversity… As a former diversity trainer, I’ve gotta love a woman like that. And with two sound-bites on my list, I think I just may have to read this woman’s books…



Related Posts:

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

Top 10 Sound Bites from Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends’ Weekend 2012

Top 10 Sound-bites Overheard at The Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends’ Weekend (2011)


7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2014 8:25 am

    Love it! And I’m a big fan of jotting down these sort of lines and writing them down in my notebook. Well done!

    • January 27, 2014 8:35 am

      Torg: We missed you so much! Hope you’re back next year. My friend, Jan, is going to try to see y’all when you come to Nacadoches (sp?) for the film festival. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sandy Briggs permalink
    January 27, 2014 9:25 am

    Thank you so much Marsha. It makes me so wish I had been there. Sounds like a fabulous weekend, as always.

  3. Jan permalink
    January 27, 2014 12:06 pm

    Here’s info on the film festival in Nacogdoches, Texas:


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