Today’s blog is brought to you by…my laundry.
Yep, you read that right—my laundry.
I was sitting in the laundry mat, just minding my own business, when another woman started to talk to me. I have never seen this woman before but she was friendly and I noticed her reading a book. That was all it took for me to start yappin with her. I know me chatting with someone is shocking because I am so shy and retiring. (Don’t roll your eyes at me, Mia, you know I am so quiet that you have to pull a conversation out of me when we are on the phone or in person.)
Anyway, back to the blog.
It is a strange how the simplest thing will set your mouth and sometimes your imagination off on a tangent that has nothing to do with you. I had a 30 minute conversation with this complete stranger. We talked authors and, of course, I had to pimp out some of my favorites. As a matter of fact, I actually wrote a list for her. She normally reads Harlequin books, but she kept hearing things about 50 Shades so she picked that one up. I asked her how she liked it and she was hesitant to tell me. I wasn’t sure if she was embarrassed that she read a book with BDSM or if she was going to be embarrassed that she liked it. This lady was about 12 shades of red by the time she was finished telling me about how she was interested in BDSM and Erotic romance. We talked about how hard it was to find friends that were interested in reading those kinds of books.
As we sat there discussing books, she started to feel more and more relaxed. I was a bit afraid she was going to step into the TMI zone but she kept it in the normal range of conversation. I told her about some of the many groups on Facebook and that I was sure she could find a group that fit her needs and interests. She said she had FB but only used it to keep up with family and friends, never knowing that she could make friends on there that she may never meet in person. I told her a bit about RP and how some of us had never met and may never meet but that we had become close friends and that a few of us met our best friends there.
We moved on to how I had friended several authors and that they would actually talk to their fans. She was gobsmacked that the authors would spend some of their time just shooting the shit with their readers. I mentioned that a few authors even had their own groups and they ran contests and that it was a great way to learn more about the authors. I told her that the best part was that it was a great way to keep up with release dates and what the author was working on and what to expect from upcoming books.
She said she had always wanted to meet and talk to a few of her favorite authors and that she just didn’t know how to go about doing it. This brought up The Romantic Times convention and Authors After Dark along with some of the other conventions. She said she would look into it and hopefully be able to go to a few. She was excited at the prospect of meeting other readers and authors.
By the time we finished talking conventions, her laundry was done and she said that this was the most enlightening book conversation she had ever had at a laundry mat. She gathered her laundry up and headed out, and I started this blog. Who knew that a great book discussion could be had with a complete stranger that I will probably never see again.
So where is the strangest place you have ever had a book discussion?