It was a bit of a stretch for me. I've never read any of his books. This was my second reading too. Several of his books have been on my books to read list, but I've just never gotten around to buying them. Today he read two stories from his book, Magical Thinking. The next one is Possible Side Effects and will be published in 2006.
After the reading he answered questions. During my hour with Augusten I found out he's funny, strange things happen to him, he believes in marriage for all, and likes to read Elizabeth Berg books.
To my surprise, someone asked him what advice he would give new writers and he relayed a quote from Ann Lamont's Bird by Bird. He recommended setting a timer for 10 minutes each day and writing. Eventually it will be like Lamont's description of driving a car. You're driving in the dark with your headlights on and can only see 5 feet in front of you. The more you travel, the more you will see illuminated.
As I've said to myself before, I think I was just going about this the wrong way.
Augusten answered a question about his sobriety and different methods that work. He reminded me about the AA meeting I attended my sophmore year in high school. It made a connection with me to something I had started writing a while ago.
The thing to remember for me - shitty first drafts are okay. :)
I bought his first book and was the last person at the signing. My husband was surprised I didn't buy more. Lately the books I've enjoyed the most have been memoirs. Augusten said he was interested in writing another fiction book and was working on one but was really working on the research for it.