At the end of October, 2017, the zany ladies of the Hillside, Ventura, Book Club read What She Saw. For the second time, my friend Amy Herron invited me to attend their meeting as guest author. They met the night before Halloween and they dressed up as characters from the book. What a thrill to see my characters come to life that way! Almost as good as having it made into a movie (almost).
Irene Mefford hosted the event at her home in Ondulondo, a neighborhood in the hills high above Ventura. Imagine the view of the lights at night, the Pacific Ocean during the day. Irene went all-out with fabulous Halloween-themed food. She created claw-shaped meatloaf, witches head apples in cider, Jello shots in huge syringes. As you can imagine, by the time we got around to judging the costumes, everyone was in a very good mood.
Teri Casey dressed as Jessica Mack’s backpack! How’s that for creativity? She won a prize for that great costume.
Sadly, few short weeks later, Irene’s beautiful home became one of hundreds of casualties of the Thomas fire, a heartbreaking loss. The other club members in the neighborhood were evacuated, too. These terrifying experiences teach us a lot about what is really of greatest value in our lives.
The good news is, the book club continues to meet. I hope to be invited back again some time. I wonder how they would dress up for my upcoming book, Proof of Life…