NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Members of the worldwide book club, the Pulpwood Queens, are back in Nacogdoches for its annual conference.
The club's members are here to see the queen herself, East Texan Kathy Murphy, plus all of the authors she invited. As it turns out, the new fiction books you're reading may not as far from the truth as you might think.
The Pulpwood Queens wear tiaras, but don't let their flamboyant style distract from the fact they take reading seriously. Founder Kathy Murphy has no trouble attracting bestselling authors to her annual convention.
"Publishers are now calling me, so I'm very excited," Murphy said. "With over 700 book clubs chapters nationwide and around the world, we are growing leaps and bounds."
Over 200 members traveled to Nacogdoches, which Murphy referred to as the Pulpwood Queen hub. They hear from authors whose books are on Murphy's Queen Book selection list.
As Hurricane Katrina led to an influx of books on the topic, Murphy anticipates the current state of affairs will influence authors.
"I'm sure there are going to be a lot of books on politics and we have some, few here today, but basically a good book is a good book, no matter when it's written, and those are the books I look for," Murphy said.
New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford returned as Murphy's co-host. He uses writing for escapism.
"I write historical fiction, so I go back in time," Ford said. "It allows me, even as an author, to escape whatever the news of the day is, so my new book is set in 1909, so I'm, if I'm writing on politics, it's politics from a hundred years ago."
Conference goers stood in line to meet with authors
A glimpse into the authors' world is what they were after.
"And just learn from them because I believe writing is a profession you never know it all," said Christa Allan, an author.
After all, reading is all about learning.
Murphy's self-biography about her leap as an East Texas hairdresser to an international book club founder was bought last year by Dreamworks movie producers.
Murphy said Friday she learned "movie making is a process and one that takes a lot longer than what she has the patience for." Murphy said the process continues.