Here’s an “author first” for me: I just Skyped with a Book Club in Alexandria, Virginia that had chosen COPING WITH ASH as their “book to read” for the month of July. All seven women, having read the book, gathered in a living room with wine glasses in hand, to take this author to task in the best possible way. Over the next 35 minutes, we went behind the scenes, inside the plot with all its twists to understand my process for character and story development. What a profound, flattering and entirely anxiety-raising experience this was for me. Thank you, Susan for your bravery in suggesting my novel to your book club and for connecting me to a room full of my readers.