Brandeis Book Study Group

Bette Lee Crosby addresses the Brandeis Book Study Group

Back in June, Ronnie Fassberg invited me to speak before her Brandeis Book Study Group  and I am delighted that I had the opportunity to do so. What a wonderful, bright, energetic and full of questions group of women this turned out to be. The meeting was held this past Wednesday in Stuart, at the Temple Beit Ha Yam. When I arrived the ladies were in their seats and ready to start. They had numerous  questions about the process of writing – no, I don’t follow an outline, and yes, I know the beginning and end of the story before I start. (It’s the three-hundred pages in-between that gives an author severe headaches and sleepless nights.) For those of you who are not yet familiar with my work, I don’t write plot-driven stories, in my novels  it’s the character who drives the action…and sometimes these characters lead me to a place I hadn’t actually  thought of going. Writing a book of this nature can be considerably more difficult, but the work is worth it because readers see these characters as real people. They identify with them, laugh with them and yes, even cry with them.

In addition to understanding the writing process, the Brandeis ladies wanted to hear about the pros and cons of the publishing  industry, and Iwas duely impressed with a lawyer in the audience who shared an excellent tip regarding law firms who specialize in Literary Contract Law. Of course, I added a few family stories about my southern mama and wayward sister, plus some tales of my own escapades – that’s always the fun part. The afternoon ended with considerable laughter and a good time was had by all – including me.

This Book Study Group is a fund-raising program with the proceeds going to Brandeis University. The complete program includes study groups in a number of disciplines, excursions and athletic groups. It covers a span of approximately six months and offers something for everyone. Kudos to Ronnie Fassberg for putting this program together!

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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