Author Scheduled to Speak to Pulpwood Queens
Author Ann Weisgarber is one of several authors scheduled to speak at the annual Pulpwood Queens Book Club Conference in Jefferson January 17-20.
Galveston-based historical fiction author Ann Weisgarber has several new entries to her “things I never thought I would do” file.
“First of all, I never thought I would write a book, much less three of them,” she admits, “and for sure I never thought I would be a tiara-wearing keynote speaker at a big conference of book lovers in East Texas.”
At the zany 19th Annual Pulpwood Queens Book Club Conference in Jefferson January 17-20, Weisgarber reminds readers of book club importance. Since her own participation in a book “critique group” for more than 15 years is a critical factor to her success, she enjoys paying that forward.
“While it takes a great deal more time, I try to share something special in person with my readers – to the tune of some 250 book club visits in the last eight years,” she says.
Pulpwood club members and visiting authors that follow Ann’s expanding portfolio, await news of the filming status of her first book, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, starring and directed by popular Hollywood actress Viola Davis.
“How the novel landed in Viola’s hands is a story in itself,” Weisgarber says.
This sociology professor-turned-author has learned that inspiration can come from weird and wonderful places. Oddly enough, several remote and random national parks have propelled Weisgarber from being an insatiably curious tourist to an internationally successful book author.
“A vacation at Badlands National Park in South Dakota inspired my first book,” she says, “and a visit to Utah’s remote Capitol Reef Park moved me to write my latest book, The Glovemaker, which is publishing in February.”
A lifelong voracious reader, she is always eyeing a stack of books awaiting her attention, a stack that doubles in size after hearing an array of authors at the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend each January. She indulges in at least one poem a day and admits her all-time favorite book is Charlotte’s Web.
“It has every element of storytelling – from crisis to loyalty to the power of the written word actually saving Wilbur’s life,” she says.
Coming in at second favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.
In each of her books, she strives to stay true to her story and not modify it with anything trendy, even if that would increase sales.
“You won’t see any vampires in my books,” she says laughing.
Weisgarber first experienced literary success internationally. This surprise led to others, as she worked with German, French and Italian publishers. Conversations with an array of translators is yet another item joining her “things I never thought I would do” list.
“I would never have guessed that the phrase ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ for example,” she says, “would be translated to, ‘like a cow pissing in the rain.’”
Drawn to the quirky and curious, Weisgarber lives in a remodeled historical Galveston home not far from where her main characters might have called home in her second book, The Promise.
While The Glovemaker is making its way to readers across the globe, she is already pondering why a World War II German prison camp once existed in an area now known as Hearne, Texas. These historical musings often haunt her until a book idea is born. She is living proof of her philosophy that, “the best writers are storytellers who welcome little ideas and explore where they might lead.”
For more information on the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, visit www.thepulpwoodqueens.com.