My mother’s book club is reading Life First for its February selection. I appreciate my mother’s
haranguing her friends until they agreed to read her daughter’s book* diligence, as it’s very cool to be a book club selection. This will be the second time being read by book clubbers I know, as the book club I belong to read Life First as a selection.
While this is a great honor, I realized I hadn’t made it easy for book clubs as my books had no book club questions in them. When questions are included the book club facilitator’s job is much easier. All she has to do is read the book and show up with the questions from the book (and maybe wine. Or is that just my book club?).
In an effort to make thing easier for readers who want to read my work for their book club selection, I decided to hunker down and write some questions. Interestingly, this is niche enough that you can actually hire someone to write them. Being the
cheapo cost-conscious author I am, and because I have more time than money at this point in my life, I researched how to write discussion questions and came up with some of my own.
The one thing I struggled with as I wrote the questions was how much information to give away. These questions are designed for people who have read the book. However, on the off chance that someone peruses the questions ahead of time, I don’t want them to see major spoilers. When I examined book club questions for half a dozen popular books, it looked like they went ahead and gave some foreboding information, but tried to keep it fairly general.
As such, my questions are similar, with some broadstroke information. I tried to touch on major issues that could bring discussion. For example, in Life First, the pro-choice movement that is opposed to forced kidney donation borrows some of the language used in the current abortion debate. I ask readers to discuss.
If you think you want to read the book before checking out the questions, don’t hesitate to pick up Life First or Second Life. If you haven’t read the books and mild spoilage doesn’t bother you (how often are you going to hear that phrase?), click the links to be taken to the book club questions (which are housed on the books section of this website). If you have read the books, please click through.
I’ll be updating the ebook files on all the retail sites this week. Unfortunately, if you purchased through a Smashwords retailer (Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Sony), you probably won’t see the changes until March (sorry! Smashwords pushes out changes slowly). If you have the paperback, use the links to read the questions. I’ll be updating future paperback editions with the questions in the near future.
* I said that for comedy. My mother does not harangue people. A member of her book club suggested reading it. I also don’t harangue people, though I have been known to annoy them at times.