Hello St. Paul

I was delighted to be invited as the the 2016 author to meet with the Wellesley-Stanford Book Club recently on one of the warm winter nights at the lovely home of Therese Sexe in St. Paul.
When I was invited I first thought the name of the club reflected an alumni association. But no. Wellesley-Stanford is the name of the neighborhood, although an alum or two may live there. 

Common Good Books in St. Paul provided the members copies of WHERE'S BILLIE? at a discount.

The questions were wide-ranging. 

  • When you were a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press did you ever do some of the things Skeeter (the reporter protagonist) did? 
  • Where do you get your ideas?
  • The book talks about Land o'Lakes, Minnesota. Is there a real city where the book is set?
  • How long did it take you to write the book?
  • Do you outline before you write, or just sit down and write?
As you can see from the pictures below, the food was as delicious as the questions. 

See anyone you know in these shots? Unfortunately, we couldn't get everyone in the photos. Maybe next year.