Some days being a writer is just plain fun. That was the case on Tuesday, when I visited with some residents of the Bethesda Hawthorne Place assisted living facility in Oakland, Mo., just outside St. Louis. Their book group had been reading Slant of Light, and indeed to help some of the residents with reading difficulties some of the staff members had read the book aloud to them, chapter by chapter. So this was a well-informed bunch!
We had a delightful conversation that went on longer than I had expected, and we covered all kinds of topics, book-related and not. During a discussion of nineteenth-century utopian communities, one resident stepped out of the room. I thought she had just tired of the discussion, or perhaps needed to rest, but a few minutes later she came back with a magazine article on Nauvoo that she had been reminded of by the conversation. Some of the folks had memory issues, and others did not; but everyone got something out of the visit, especially myself.
I was reminded of how lucky I am to be a writer, and to have books that a wide variety of people can enjoy, and to have readers who are so engaged and attentive. And yes, they took me to task over certain plot twists that occur toward the end of the book, and which I will not go into here for fear of spoiling the story for future readers.
Those who underestimate old people do so to their own detriment.
Ann Pemberton said:
So happy for everyone that attended this meeting of the âmindsâ. Wish I too would have had a seat in the room. I loved your Slant of Light, word for word and person to person, page by page. Working on some details of my family, here and there, as we speak. My grandson really into his grandfatherâs, my dad, history. World War I , Daddy and his fellow doughboys were to enter the German trenches just as the armistice was signed ( found out it was signed fourteen hours earlier than planned , because of the heavy loss of my dadâs Division ) Thank goodness, other wise I might not be writing this note..! Have a great end of summer â19, and wonderful Fall in our beloved Ozarks. Plus a blessed Christmas and a blast in the New Yearâ¦You have blank pages of âbook tellingâ to fill, for our enjoyment, and enlightenment! Hello to the âBetter halfâ too! Â Sincerely, Miss Ann Sent from Mail for Windows 10
Ann, thanks for your delightful comments! I bet you are getting some wonderful insights working on your family history, and it’s great that your grandson is interested too! I’m working pretty steadily on the fourth book of the series and hope to get it completed before too long.
M. K. Waller said:
Slant of Light–wonderful book!
Thanks, Kathy! Everybody, check out her website at https://kathywaller1.com/ and look at her wide-ranging blog and great selection of books!