The Ultimate Six Train Book Club Experience


This week’s book club dinner party for The Six Train to Wisconsin was a smashing success thanks to Shannan’s intricate planning.

She enlisted an Austrian friend to help prepare Wiener Schnitzel andย Wiener Apfelstrudel. Shannan made Butternut soup too! Perfect foods to accompany Six Train.

She hosted a lovely dinner.

I FaceTimed in for the post-dinner and pre-dessert book discussion. It was so fun to talk about how my trip to Austria in 2009 inspired the food in the book and swayed Oliver’s heritage from German to Austrian.

The ladies had terrific questions and it was a blast to chat about my characters and my story with readers who enjoyed it. They really wanted to dig into the how and why of the story. And I loved every second of it.

Their suggestion of Amanda Seyfried to play Kai in the movie was brilliant. I still haven’t found an actor who screams Oliver to me. But for Mickey I always picture Katie McGrath. And Alexander Skarsgard immediately jumps to mind for Alex.

I sent Shannan some party favors–signed bookmarks, swag bags, and a set of color photos from the book. Just little touches to let her know how much I appreciated her book club picking my book and inviting me to join in their discussion.

I was so excited when the call ended that I was up 3 more hours smiling and wishing I could do it all over again.

Many many thanks to Shannan for hosting such a lovely night!

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31 Responses to The Ultimate Six Train Book Club Experience

  1. Long may your exciting journey continue ๐Ÿ™‚ wishing your well along all your stops! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Really cool. How did you arrange this — did the book club contact you, or did you know one of the members? And Oliver has to be Bradley Cooper. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m loving all the great news coming from your blog, Kourtney! It sounds as though the dinner was a big success.

    • Thanks Jill. It’s the complete opposite of this time last year. I was in a terrible, hopeless place. Nothing was happening with either of my books. A revise and resubmit to a top agent got rejected in 3 days. I saw no way to keep going. It was one of the darkest times in my writing career. The dinner was so awesome. And Facetime worked pretty well too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Our lives can change in an instant, Kourtney. I’m so happy yours did. I’m sorry you went through such a dark period, but you came out on the other side and you’re shining bright! Good for you!

        • Very true. It’s always when you are on the verge of giving up that pushing through will get you more than you ever imagined. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s okay. I think it’s just part of my writer journey. It can’t be easy or it wouldn’t be worth it. And I’d never truly appreciate the good without having known the bad. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    “And Alexander Skarsgard immediately jumps to mind for Alex.”—Yes! Spot on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LOL. Thanks. Some of them were so easy to cast–Alex and Mickey were always in my head. Kai was a little harder. Oliver is really difficult. I can’t find anyone who looks quite like I picture him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Mae Clair says:

    Wow! Sounds like a great experience. What fun! You are on such a roll. May you continue to shine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. jmmcdowell says:

    But Calebโ€”what about Caleb? Who plays him? ๐Ÿ™‚

    It sounds like a great book club visit, but wouldn’t you have loved to partake of that food in person? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is so good to see you in this happy place after the difficulties you had last year. I think there are many more good times on the horizon!

  7. davidprosser says:

    What a cruel picture to place in front of a hungry man with no warning Kourtney. Tut tut.
    I’m glad you had such a great time with the ladies and hope you have more great times to follow……minus the cakes.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  8. kford2007 says:

    I’ve got to hire you for my publicist. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks fantastic!!! So happy you had such a great time.

    • LOL. Thanks! I learned most of it from Jennifer Fusco of Market or Die Author Services. She’s AMAZING. LOL. The picture is a Vienna cafe. It was so yummie. I ate my way across Austria back in 2009. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. EllaDee says:

    I love how you think outside the square ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks EllaDee. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once I set my mind to doing something, I come at it from every possible angle and I keep trying until I get it. Makes me hard to live with. I’m on my 10th FB ad and my 8th Goodreads ad. I think I might finally have gotten it down. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 4amWriter says:

    I love that you did up your own Pinterest board of movie cast selections, lol. I kind of did the same thing for themes and symbols in books that I’m writing.

    The book club event sounds like a lot of fun, and something I could get into without feeling too anxious or self-conscious. Food usually helps. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • LOL. I kept facing that question so I figured I’d better tackle it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally understand that. It was really fun. The most important thing is to be yourself. Readers want the connection. They want to know you. It’s really a privilege to be invited into someone’s living room for a book talk. So I do my best to make sure they have a good time. Food and wine definitely help.

  11. Arlene says:

    How fun and Facetiming in is great for saving on calories (especially with T-day coming up). The Pinterest board of possible casting is fun – hope you get the call to turn this one into a movie. How awesome would that be?! I can definitely see it on the big screen ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Indeed. Thank you Facetime! ๐Ÿ™‚ No one is a perfect match for how I see them in my head, but it’s more of a I could see this person in this role and be okay with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. That would be amazing to see it on the big screen one day.

  12. Mayumi-H says:

    That looks like a scrumptious book club experience, Kourtney! If only they could all be so decadent. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Interesting to see your picks for faces/bodies for your characters. Now, I will not be able to un-see them. Did you go into the characters with those looks in mind (a specific face), or did you have just a “feeling” for what they should look like? (I find this stuff incredibly intriguing, because it’s so different for each writer.)

    • LOL. That’s the dessert display at an Austrian cafe circa 2009 during my trip to Austria. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Actually, these aren’t perfect matches for what is in my head. They are people I could see cast in the roles. I think it’s more of a feel for what their key attributes are and finding an actor who approximates it. I have the most trouble casting Kai and Oliver. Because I’ve never seen anyone who looks quite like they do to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mayumi-H says:

        Woops – my bad. Still looks yummy, though. I can totally appreciate the Austrian way of living. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I have the same issue with trying to draw my characters. They never come out looking *quite* right.

        • No worries. Lots of people thought it was the book club party. ๐Ÿ™‚ But since I wasn’t there in person, I couldn’t take any pics of the food. ๐Ÿ™‚
          It’s really hard. I purposefully avoided images of the characters on the cover because I want readers to build their own images, but then readers keep asking me who would play the characters. LOL. So I decided I’d try to provide possibilities. The only one that is how I see him in my head is Alex. Because I had that actor in mind when I created the character. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. That photo made me hungry! ๐Ÿ˜€ So glad you’re enjoying your author-ly adventures.

    If your ears were ringing Sunday night, it’s because Emmie Mears and I sang your praises over dinner. Keep up the awesomeness, Kourtney!

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