Tuesday, 22 May 2012
The actual lecture that Ami gave was phenomenal! Over the course of an hour she discussed the inspiration behind both The Birth House and The Virgin Cure, and the research process involved for each book. I never realized before how both books were so connected to Ami's personal life! For example, the inspiration for The Birth House arose from Ami discovering that the house her family had moved into was once the home of the town's local midwife. The Virgin Cure, on the other hand, was inspired by her great great grandmother, who was one of the first female doctors in New York City. I wish I could repeat her entire lecture here for you, but there is no way I could do Ami's storytelling skills justice! Luckily, she has posted a brief rundown about the inspiration behind The Birth House and The Virgin Cure on her website, which I highly recommend you check out! All of you history geeks out there will eat it up!
In the blink of an eye Ami's talk was over and fans were lining up to get their books autographed. I probably could have sat there and listened to her tell stories for an entire day without getting bored! If Ami ever comes to talk somewhere near where you live you need to go and listen for yourself! And if you haven't read The Birth House or The Virgin Cure yet then get started! I can't wait to read whatever Ami McKay comes up with next! Until then, I'll be re-reading my prized autographed copies of her books which sit in places of honour on my bookshelf.