Monday (June 29) brought another Montlake author before her neighbors for a cool evening at the Library—this time focused on historical fiction. Following welcomes by Julee Neuhart (for MCC Board) & Blythe Summers (for Montlake Library), J.L. (Jennie) Spohr offered a peek into two of her published books. She read revealing excerpts from “Heirs & Spares” (2013), and “God & King” (2014), and then answered questions from an appreciative audience. Talk focused on how an author goes about creating fictitious characters and locations while being faithful to the historical era; on what it takes to get a book published today; on the special role of an editor in improving the book; and how an author can possibly create time for writing while still carrying out a day job, parenting, and other responsibilities. A number of members of the audience strolled out of the air-conditioned library with autographed copies of one or both books in the planned series of three. Watch for the third book some time next year. Royals, even the fictitious kind, offer great entertainment on a hot summer evening, thanks to Jennie Spohr.
This event co-sponsored by the Montlake Branch of the Seattle Public Library, and your own Montlake Community Club. Photography by Official Montlake Unabridged Photographer, Jonathan Phillips.