If it’s Friday, then it must be all about Guilty Pleasures! And I have a fabulous find for book lovers today! One of my favorite guilty pleasures is author research. After I read a book I love visiting the author’s website, learning about them and why they wrote the book. This week I was researching Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose. While on her site, I happened upon an interview she did.
The interview was for a newer show called Beauty and the Book, which is hosted by Kathy Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club and owner of the Beauty and the Book salon. Kathy is a licensed cosmetologist and a former publishing rep, who after losing her job during an economy slump, completely set her sights on her dream job: A Bookstore and Beauty Salon!
Kathy’s shop is all about making you feel beautiful inside and out and her give back doesn’t stop there. Promoting indie and local authors, she’s begun interviewing authors from all over the globe AND inviting them for FREE makeover services at her salon. All her author makeovers are inspired by the time period and characters of their books. Apart from fun makeovers and book chats, she also joins the authors for a book related activity such as vintage shopping, cooking traditional foods, house hunting, museum tours and more! She may, in fact, have my dream job.
Kathy is incredibly involved in outreach programs in her community. She helped create a writing program in the homeless shelter of her town, gaining the trust of the people there and listening to their stories. Now, she and her Pulpwood Queens (who consist of over 300 chapters nationwide=the largest book club in the world) hold numerous events through the year promoting literacy and raising funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Her show can be found on YouTube and at her site Beautyandthebookshow.com. It’s kitschy, quirky, and simply adorable! Kathy Patrick will win you over with her genuine enthusiasm for life and for BOOKS!
Here are a few of my favorite author interview episodes!
Karen Abbott, Author of American Rose:
Paula McLaine, Author of The Paris Wife:
Fannie Flagg, Author of I Still Dream of You:
Lisa See, Author of Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy:
Pat Conroy, Author of South of Broad:
Your turn! What did you think of Kathy’s author interviews? Don’t you want to run to her shop and be a part of her book clubs? Have you read any of the books she reviews or the authors she interviews? Who would be your dream author to interview if you had the chance? Check out Kathy’s book club book selections for the year here!
Also, if you haven’t yet made it over to the Life List Club’s new blogsite, what are you waiting for?!