Monday, May 12, 2008
All About Vee signing
This past Saturday, from 2–4 pm, YA author C. Leigh Purtill had a signing at Chavalier Books in Larchmont Village. As Leigh sometimes attends the Mid-Wilshire writers group, I thought it was important to go and show support to one of our fellow members. Christina and Rachel O were drafted to help.
We had a great time with Leigh! She is an incredibly talented author, as well as a very kind and personable individual. Her latest novel All About Vee is about Veronica "Big Vee" May—a beautiful, confident plus-size actress who moves to Los Angeles to try and get her big break. Leigh discussed how she was inspired to write the novel when she began to wonder what it would be like for a talented woman of such confidence to face the prejudice of Hollywood against the idea of a larger leading lady. It was important for Vee to not give in and become thin, as Leigh saw many TV and books had the make-over theme in them, and Leigh wanted to pursue the notion that you are good enough as you are.
Speaking as someone who is neither tall nor a size 0—I can tell you that this is a tough town on ladies with anything resembling curves. I had a peek at chapter one on Amazon, and I have to say that I fell in love with Vee from the first page. The novel is sitting in my TBR pile, and I'm hoping to dip into it as soon as I finish Gibson's Neuromancer.
C Leigh Purtill is also the author of Love, Meg.