Pope Joan Guestbook Entries:  2002

Name: Mirella Monticciolo
Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Time: 10:50 AM

Donna, Thank you for such a wonderful interesting read.. I enjoyed the book so much I decided to give it away for christmas... One problem, it was extremely difficult to find copies here in Montreal... Why is that? I can't wait for the movie, I will be one of the first ones in line....


Name: Amy
Location: Florida
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2002
Time: 09:48 AM

I love "Pope Joan". It's extraordinary!! And surfaced such strong emotions from me that I ended up sobbing in one melancholic momment. And believe me I don't sob easy. A elaborate story, wonderfully written. My favorite book of all time. I can't wait for the book based in France in the 17th century.


Name: Emanuel
Location: Gerrmany
Date: Thursday, December 26, 2002
Time: 10:16 PM

I have to admit, I love the book. It touched me in a way a cannot explain. I just fisishe reading it for the seccond time and I say it is absolutly wonderfull. It has nothing to do with gender, I just think this book is a gift to all of mankind. I learn from it, that one can achieve everything if he or she does what is to be done. And always have a view for those around you, life is to make this world a better place for all of us. No matter who you are, or what you are, male or female. I would like to thank Donna W. Cross again for writting such a wonderfull novel.


Name: Damona Sain
Location: North Wales, PA
Date: Thursday, December 26, 2002
Time: 04:27 PM

The North Wales Library has a book discussion group that is reading Pope Joan for our Jan 18, 2003 meeting. We would love to have you included in our discussion by speakerphone. Please contact me if this is a possibility for your schedule! Thank you!


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Name: Rose Marie Barone
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Time: 06:32 PM

After reading "Pope Joan" our Circle of Friends Book Club met and the brilliant and skillful author, Donna Woolfolk-Cross joined us via speakerphone! The experience was extraordinary and incomparable. What an incredible once-in-a-life-time experience to have the author's justification and rationalization of characters and circumstances explained to us in such a clever fashion. The commentary and interpretations I received from our Circle of Friends have been significant and remarkable... "Getting to pick the mind of an author has given me a whole new perspective on the joy of reading", "Loved having her with us, wish we could have more author's doing the same", "Being given the chance to interact with the author of a book that I adored made me feel so spoiled", "It just completed and enveloped a good reading with a big fat gift", "I am so grateful", "What better way to have the author's original thoughts, it helped give us the reader a much better prospective". Once again, thank you Ms. Woolfolk-Cross for your enthusiastic support towards reading groups.


Name: barbara moon
Location: syracuse, new york
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Time: 12:45 PM

This book should be required reading for all girls over the age of 13 throughout the world and then have discussion followup in social classes for "women only". Instilling hope, courage and a hunger for knowledge that will indeed change the world...for women everywhere. I am a fan forever and like Jacki Fox changed forever because of my two heroines...Pope Joan and Donna Woolfolk Cross. Both are "a friend indeed". As long as you and Pope Joan continue to carry the CROSS Donna, we will NOT march into hell. Freedom to choose who and what we will be is one of the most defining moments of our lives though we don't know that for a very long time. Wish I had known this 50 years ago. I promise that my 2 beautiful granddaughters will know. Thank you my friend.


Name: Laurie Hansen
Location: Calgary, Canada
Date: December 15, 2002


You were without a doubt an absolute hit on Thursday night.  Thanks so much
for attending our meeting via speakerphone.  We wanted to send you a note and a
picture of our group that we took that night and wondered if you could
provide me with an address to forward it to.  (Unfortunately we did not take
it on a digital camera so the computer is not a possible mode of transport)
Thanks again for the great evening.  We wish you luck in the upcoming months
as your book becomes a movie!
Cheers from Laurie on behalf of your devoted fans in Calgary"


Name: Sabrina Petrocco
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2002
Time: 11:20 AM

I adored Pope Joan...what a great read!!Thank you Donna For the amazing previlage of joining our book club (Circle of Friends)on Wednesday night.WE got the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic story and get insight of how it came to life!!Thank you again. The only problem was finding the book in book stores.It's close to impossible.We all had to order it,which can sometimes be a pain.Hope you can work on that.


Name: Marily Lane
Location: Golden, CO
Date: Monday, December 09, 2002
Time: 02:08 PM

I can't believe I'm so late in thanking Donna for the wonderful speaker phone conversation my book club had with her in late October. She's a delightful conversationalist and we covered a variety of topics from who's to star in the movie of her book to our mutual enjoyment of Historical novels. My group especially enjoyed her description of her research for the book. I've been promoting her book and conversations far and wide, because they are both wonderful. Thank you, Marily


Name: Susan Boa
Location: Washington DC
Date: Thursday, December 05, 2002
Time: 09:36 AM

Last night my book club enjoyed a wonderful discussion with you. Thank you so much for your time and your insights into the book, the upcoming movie, and the writing process. We were all impressed with the gracious way in which you handle these chats. We will definitely recommend the book to other clubs and other readers. All the best, Susan and the rest of the club.


Name: Michelle Tepper
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002
Time: 04:48 AM

My best friend and I have formed a book club to keep in touch more often (she lives in CA and I in Germany), and we have chosen Pope Joan for our first book. We are enjoying it thoroughly, and though a phone chat would be lovely, it is not practical really. But I do have a question. I live near Ingelheim and Mainz and have been to Fulda. I have become a little obsessed with figuring out Dorstadt however. The only Dorstadt that still exists is near Braunschweig Germany, which I believe would have been Saxony at that time, however it is near a river that could have brought the Vikings. But it seems rather far from the other cities, especially since they went to St. Denis for the fair, which sounds more French. So, could you please tell me if it is the same Dorstadt or if the one in the story no longer exists? Since Gerold served at the mallus in a Wesphalian village, I thought perhaps they lived in Westphalia, which I would imagine to be further East, though I cannot find a picture of the land divisions in my German atlas from that time period. Thanks for your help. I greatly anticipate your next novel. Respectfully Yours, Michelle Tepper


Name: Roz Barker
Location: Green Bay, WI
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 11:55 AM

The Millenium Book Club (established in Dec 99) would like to cordially invite Ms. Cross to our May, 2002 meeting with a speakerphone chat. Thank you! Roz Barker Millenium Book Club Green Bay, WI


Name: Jacqueline N. Fox
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 11:22 AM

At the age of thirteen I was given a book by my Grandmother that would alter the course of my life forever. That book was pope Joan. The book Pope Joan was an inspiration to me to fulfill all my dreams, and let no obstacles stand in my way. The main character, Joan, gave me hope and a new found understanding of what I will be able to achieve if I work hard enough and set my mind on my future goals. I am now 18 years old and a National Honor Society student. I am pursuing my goal to become a Doctor of nuclear medicine. Throughout the course of my life I know that the Book Pope Joan has been one of the main influences of my high school years. Also, the author of Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross who I have met personally, has encouraged me as well as the epic hero in her book. She has given me the strength to achieve goals that I thought were once out of my grasp. I will never forget Donna and the book Pope Joan for it had changes me in so many astounding ways as a young women.


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Name: Marci Caster
Location: Clark, South Dakota
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2002
Time: 07:33 PM

I just found that you do telephone conversations with book groups. We have read Pope Joan for this month's selection and it is fabulous! ! We are meeting on December 4 at 5:00p.m. CST.  I realize this is extremely late but hope something can work out with you! I appreciate your time and consideration!


Name: Elaine McPeak
Location: Sun City West, AZ
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Time: 11:50 AM

This request is for a speakerphone chat with our six member book club, about Pope Joan, on Wednesday, February 19, at 9:45 a.m. (Arizona Time). Thank you for your consideration of this request.


Name: Karen Sanders
Location: Pleasantville, NY
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Time: 08:44 AM

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We've scheduled a book group on Pope Joan for Thurs., Jan. 9, 8 pm EST. Is there any chance you could chat with us sometime between 8 and 9 pm on that night? Thanks.


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Name: Joan Lutz
Location: Snoqualmie, Washington
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Time: 09:52 PM

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We love the book! My book club will meet Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 PST (able to change time and date). We would be honored to have a chat with Donna! Thank you in advance for your review of this request.


Name: Natalie Fischer
Location: Marietta, GA
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2002
Time: 08:09 AM

Donna Thank you so much for joining in our discussion last night of Pope Joan. It was such a tremendous privilege and an honor to speak with the author firsthand. I know that the members who were unable to get a copy of the book are going to be cringing with envy when they hear how well last night's meeting went. You must plead with Ballantine Books to send more copies of Pope Joan to the local bookstores in GA; as most of us had to shop around at several different Borders and Barnes and Nobles to finally get our hands on a copy. How are we to reccomend Pope Joan to our friends if they have no hope of ever finding a copy? You must, on your adoring fans behalf, make this plea to your publishers. Surely, you have some connections. Remind them that they are in the business of selling books and that obviously, Pope Joan is a seller! Thank you again for sharing not only your time but also your profound insight to a wonderfully inspriing character. Yours, (anxiously awaiting your second novel), Natalie Fischer


Name: Mary Santi (Bookworms!, Wautoma, WI)
Location: Wautoma, Wisconsin
Date: Friday, November 22, 2002
Time: 12:03 PM

Hi Donna, Recently I met you at the UMBA show in St. Paul. I was so impressed with your enthusiasm. And I am also impressed with your book. I devoured it very quickly and have recommended to our reading group at our store. Our leader, Connie has asked that I send the following to you: "Donna, I lead a women's reading group in Wautoma, Wisconsin and we have chosen your book for March 20, 2003. Our group meets from 5:30-6:30pm CST. We would love to have a chat with you regarding Pope Joan on that date. Would that work for you? Would another date be better? We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. Mary Santi, whom you met at UMBA in St. Paul recently, recommended your novel - as did another friend of mine who lives in Colorado. How nice! Mary and her cousin, Nancy, are co-owners of Bookworms! in Wautoma. Two really neat women. We meet at their bookstore. Conveniently, they order the books for us. You should have an upsurge in book sales around the New Year, and likely before Christmas. I look forward to speaking with you. Connie"


Name: Karen Gedera
Location: Town and Country, Missouri
Date: Friday, November 22, 2002
Time: 09:14 AM

We would like you to join our Book Group discussion on Jan 20 anytime between 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm CST via speakerphone. Our Book Group consists of 14 women who all reside in a suburb of St. Louis and range in age from 30 to 60.


Name: Barb Behrends
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Time: 10:58 AM

Ms. Cross: I have learned about your wonderful conference calls from a fellow librarian in our system. Jane Rosenfeld at the Clifton Branch. Would it be possible to arrange for a similiar call with the Book Club that I do in the Main Library of the Cincinnati system? We meet on the first Monday of each month, and I'm making up the schedule for 2003 now. We would read Pope Joan as that month's selection. The only months that would not be possible are January and July. The other first Mondays in the ten months are free. Thank you for your nice service. I hope we can arrange this. Respectfully, Barb Behrends, Librarin, Fiction Dept., Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


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Name: Patti Kearney
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Time: 06:19 PM

Hi Donna: I've been remiss in not writing until now. Thank you so much for joining our book club via speaker phone last month. We all enjoyed meeting and speaking with you. You are witty, charming, and smart; a great addition to any book club as well as the author of a book we all loved. We're anxious to read your next book! Thanks again. Sincerely, Patti


Name: Joan Lutz
Location: Snoqualmie, Washington
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Time: 10:53 AM

My book club will meet Tues. 12/10 7:00 PST (this would be subject to change based on your schedule). Everyone is LOVING Pope Joan so far and we already can't wait to discuss the book. It would be an honor to have you "join" in our Book Club! Thank you in advance for response to this request.


Name: Alesha-Kaye Manderscheid
Location: Riverview, Florida
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 08:42 PM

Hi Donna, Your book and speakerphone chat were highly recommended from a wonderful friend of mine in Texas. I am in a Book Club in Florida and we would love to chat with you on January 11,2003 (can you believe it's 2003 already?) at noon, Eastern Time. We sincerely hope that works with your busy schedule and think it is truly amazing (and fun) that you will talk to us-your readers! Thank you for considering our request. Sincerely, Alesha-Kaye


Name: Jennifer Robinett
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: Friday, November 15, 2002
Time: 11:39 PM

We LOVED your book and I have been recommending it to my coworkers, one of whom just had a "chat" with you and told me about this program. We would love to have you join us! We are meeting Tuesday evening, November 26 from 7 to 9 pm CST. Please let me know if this will work for you. We would be delighted for you to join us. Jennifer Robinett


Name: George DeTellis Jr.
Location: Orlando, FL USA
Date: Friday, November 15, 2002
Time: 09:50 PM

Hi Donna, Loved the book...we are all waiting for movie release! George


Name: Nancy Stonr
Location: Lady Lake, FL
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 05:07 PM

Dear Donna, Having recently read Pope Joan,I recommended it to my book club friends at our last meeting. I explained that you are available to have a speakerphone conversation about your book. We LOVE that idea and hope you are available on Wednesday, Feb.12, 2003, from 4:15 - 5:00 PM. Thank you for trying to fit this into your busy schedule! Nancy Stone


Name: Ilona Savich
Location: Syracuse
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 02:04 PM

softmore at CNS ... when is the movie going to come out? Can you release anymore information about your new book? (This isn't a chat request... w/b via email.


Name: mary becker
Location: cleveland,TN, 37311
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 12:14 PM

Dear Donna, Our local FOLA board is thinking of starting a monthly book review,we are new to this and unsure how to get speakers or reviewers. I loved Pope Joan and saw you lived here in TN so I wanted more information on having you speak or doing a video/phone review with you. Please send me more information. Thank you in advance for your time. Sincerely Mary Becker for the Cleveland, TN Friends of the Library


Name: Judy Orrock
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Time: 04:02 PM

Dear Donna, Thanks a million for making me the hero of our book club by joining our book discussion this afternoon on the speakerphone. It was fascinating to hear your insight on the book and upcoming movie. You were both interesting and humorous and we loved your list of book favorites. I always recommend my favorite book of the year in my Christmas letter and Pope Joan will definitely be that choice this year. The fact that you are willing to take time out of your busy schedule to connect with readers really displays your true passion for books. Thanks again. Judy Orrock


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Name: Kristin Pamperin
Location: Ridgefield Park NJ
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Time: 02:57 PM

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Donna- I would love to know how the movie is coming along!? What production house is doing it and who would play Pope Joan? I am so excited to see this be made in to a visual epic!!!


Name: Ishay Ben-amotz
Location: Ramat-Gan Israel
Date: Monday, November 11, 2002
Time: 03:04 PM

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Hi Donna I read your book translated to Hebrew and I liked it very much. I have some interest in medieval time and I want to join your bookgroup. Yours Ishay


Name: Judy Orrock
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2002
Time: 07:46 PM

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Dear Donna, Sorry I just tried to do this and accidently pushed send. This is a really last minute request. I just read tonight about you calling Book Clubs with speaker phones as I was doing my research on the author for this months book club. Our book club will be meeting on Pope Joan on Tuesday, Nov. 12 between 12:00-2:00 Central time. I would totally be the hero if I got a phone conversation with you but also realize you must get thousands of requests daily. I really enjoyed it! Judy Orrock


NameName: Judy Orrock
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2002
Time: 07:46 PM

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Dear Donna, This is a really last minute request. I just read tonight about you calling Book Clubs with speaker phones as I was doing my research on the author for this months book club. Our book club will be meeting on Pope Joan on Tuesday, Nov. 12 between 12:00-2:00 Central time. I would totally be the hero if I got a phone conversation with you but also realize you must get thousands of requests daily. Thank you for writing such a wonderful novel. I really enjoyed it! Judy Orrock


Name: Susan Boa
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Thursday, November 07, 2002
Time: 10:28 AM

Hello - my book club is reading Pope Joan for our December 4th meeting and I was pleased to read of your willingness to discuss your book with reading clubs. We would be honored to have you join us for a discussion. Our club meeting will be Wednesday, December 4th, beginning at 6:30 pm. With time to settle in, we'd probably begin the serious discussions at 7 pm. Thank you for considering this request.


Name: Betsy Lawson
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Time: 01:44 PM

Dear Donna, I want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to you for taking the time to call our book club last night, especially on such short notice! Hearing your enthusiasm about the book, your research, Joan's history and the fictional aspects of the book was an extraordinary experience. I have Pope Joan on my Christmas shopping list for many of my friends and relatives! Best wishes with your next novel--we are all eagerly awaiting its release!


Name: Karen Ha
Location: Long Beach, California
Date: Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Time: 10:52 PM

Dear Donna, I was part of the Chris Poe/Palos Verdes speakerphone chat today and just wanted to extend my gratitude for your generosity. It was wonderful to speak with you about the book, the movie, and your future writings. Wow! It certainly was our best meeting yet. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a great book even more interesting. I may contact you again soon with another chat request. :) Karen


Name: Chris Poe
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Date: Sunday, November 03, 2002
Time: 11:32 AM

Looking for a "Chat" by speakerphone on Tuesday, Nov. 5th at about 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time - hope it can happen. I was just in on the "chat" at Sue Turner's house last week. This is my other book club that is also reading you wonderful book.


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Name: Rose Marie Barone
Location: Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
Date: Saturday, November 02, 2002
Time: 09:43 PM

Ms Woolfolk-Cross has contacted me, she agreed to join our Circle of Friends Book Club meeting on December 11th at 9:00 p.m. (Montreal Time) via speakerphone. Please confirm our request. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Name: Sheryl Baloun
Location: Sioux Falls, S. Dak.
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2002
Time: 10:58 AM

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Donna, I heard through a another Book Club friend that you had visited with them about Pope Joan while you were in Germany. I was so excited about the possibility of my own Book Club actually visiting with the author of Pope Joan that I am requesting (early enough, I hope) that you chat with my book club by speakerphone about your wonderful book, Pope Joan. The date is Tuesday, February 4 at 1:00 (CST). We, of course, are very flexible as to the day in February and the time as we want to work around your schedule. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. This is so exciting. Sheryl Baloun, First Tuesday Book Club


Name: Pat Olbert @ Forget Me Not Books, LLC
Location: Spring Green, WI
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2002
Time: 10:55 AM

Hi, I met you at the UMBA convention in September, we had a great chat and you gave me your handout and bookmark. Our bookstore bookclub is very anxious to read your book and we have picked February to do so. We have asked a second bookclub to join us and they are extremely excited to do so. Our meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27. We will meet at 7:00pm and would love to chat with you by speakerphone at 7:15pm or 7:30pm if you are available. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Pat


Name: Patricia Condon
Location: Centennial, CO
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Time: 07:13 PM

Donna, Thank you so much for answering our questions on Sunday. We appreciated the time you were willing to take to talk to us by speakerphone! The book is truly wonderful and I'm recommending it to my friends and giving it for Christmas to relatives. Thanks again. You are truly an incredible writer!


Name: Kathleen Sable
Location: Duluth, GA
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Time: 09:38 AM

Donna: I am a little delayed in thanking for you joining our Parsons Run Book Club last week. Your approach to the writing and marketing of your book is exciting and refreshing. This was very apparent in our conversation with you where we learned so many more interesting aspects of the characters and the setting for the book. I look forward to reading your next book, seeing the movie, and watching for your style and openness to the reader to be repeated by other authors soon.


Name: Natalie Fischer
Location: Marietta, GA
Date: Monday, October 28, 2002
Time: 12:45 PM

Donna, Our bookclub is meeting on Friday 11/22/02 and would love it if you were available for a speakerphone discussion around 8:30 P.M. We are all very excited about the book and eager to dicuss it with you. Best, Natalie


Name: dorothy finch
Location: marietta, georgia
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2002
Time: 10:45 PM

we have 12 women in our book club and would be thrilled to have you join us by speakerphone! our meeting will be 11-20 at 1:30 PM Thank you so much..how exciting!!!!!


Name: Julie Boone
Location: Duluth, GA
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2002
Time: 08:59 PM

Donna, Thank you so much for talking with us by speakaerphone at such great length the other night! What a wonderful discussion we all had about "Pope Joan". It has been our best Parson's Run bookclub yet! We are eager for your movie and your next book.


Name: Victoria Grossack
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2002
Time: 05:04 AM

I enjoyed Pope Joan (well, Die Päpstin) very much. Will you be coming out with a new book soon?


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Name: Theresa Creagh
Location: Duluth, GA
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 01:31 PM

Donna, Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat with you by speakerphone last night. Our group enjoyed it immensely. Hearing your commentary truly enhanced our enjoyment of the book. Thanks again for your time and I look forward to reading your next book and seeing the film version of Pope Joan.


Name: Kara Skatrud
Location: Racine, Wi
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 11:23 AM

For the first time last year my congregation had an opportunity for all the women in the church to read a book and come for a discussion. We want to do it again this year with your book. The date we have decided upon is Feb 23 for our discussion. It would be great if you chat with us too. I look forward to hearing from you. Kara Skatrud


Name: Rose Marie Barone
Location: Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 07:48 AM

Our Circle of Friends Book Club has selected "Pope Joan" for our next journey. Unanimously, we are completely and totally intrigued with the story-line. We would love to have a book discussion with you at our next meeting via speakerphone. We are to meet early December and would like to offer you a choice of date, therefore; please let us know if you are able to accommodate us either on December 10th or December 11th, 2002 at 8:30 p.m. We would like to thank you in advance for your consideration and time.


Name: Jane Rode
Location: Duluth, GA
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 06:45 AM

Thank you so much for chatting by speakerphone with the Parson's Run Book Club last evening. You were so generous with your time and we enjoyed every minute of our conference. We were all so thrilled to get the "inside scoop" on the creation of this wonderful novel. I am looking forward to the motion picture as well as your next publication. Good luck with both endeavors.


Name: Kristen Freshley
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2002
Time: 08:29 PM

Hi, Donna! Thank you so much speaking with us in Ann Arbor last night. We had an absolute ball talking with you by speakerphone and enjoyed all your juicy insight into Pope Joan -- both pre- and post-press. I wish you could have seen the 12 of us sitting there in Laurie's living room listening with rapt attention (well, except for the two squirmy infants) and hanging on your every word. It was a delight and honor to have you chat with us and we have all vowed to try more than ever to spread the word (not our books) about Pope Joan. Incidentally, I belong to two book groups and would love to have you join in a meeting with them as well. I'll let you know. THANKS again, Your fans in A2


Name: Anne Shamas
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2002
Time: 08:25 PM

Our book club, The Highbrows' Book Group, has scheduled "Pope Joan" for Feb. 17, 2003. The book was recommended to me by a friend whose group in Charlotte, NC spoke to you. I read the book as well as "The Legend of Pope Joan." I was fascinated by both and suggested my group read it. We would love to speak with you on 2/17/03. We meet at 10 am for refreshments and usually begin discussion around 10:45. Please let me know if you would be available to speak with us then. Thank you for your fascinating book. We hope we will be able to discuss it with you.


Name: Sue Turner
Location: Palos Verdes Est. CA
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Time: 07:56 AM

Hi Donna! Loved chatting by speakersphone with you last week at my 19Th Hole Bookclub. My school bookclub is Oct. 30 at 4PM and they are dying to talk with you! You mentioned this when I spoke with you - could you honor us with your voice? Thank-you!


Name: Nanette Bulebosh
Location: Kiel, Wisconsin
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Time: 04:22 PM

Would you by chance be available for a phone chat on Tuesday evening, May 27th, 2003? Our monthly book talk meets the last Tuesday, and that evening would work well for us. We would be thrilled to speak to you that night. Please let me know soon so that I can include the date in our book talk schedule. I have chosen Pope Joan for that date no matter what happens, as it is SUCH a wonderful book! But having you available to speak to would be a wonderful bonus. Thank you, Nanette Bulebosh, Kiel Public Library director


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Name: Amy Dakoske
Location: Cincinatti, Ohio
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Time: 04:20 PM

Hi, Donna! I (we) can't thank you enough for the wonderful chat our book group had with you by speakerphone! It truly was delightful and so informative. Although we all already loved Pope Joan, we all agreed we loved it even more after talking to you. We have and will continue to pass on to others the recommendation (not the book!) to read Pope Joan. We'll look forward to reading your next novel and to seeing the Pope Joan movie. Thanks again for taking the time and for sharing all of your information with us. Best regards, Amy


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Name: Kait McGrath
Location: Groton, NY
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Time: 02:01 PM

Well, I read your novel in May while I was in Honduras on a medical mission. I really enjoyed it and found it very interesting. Joan stuck up for herself and she's inspired me to do that myself, too. Thank you.


Name: Martha Collyer
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Time: 01:06 PM

Would love to have Donna in on our meeting on Monday, November 25th at 8:00 pm est. Please let us know, thanks, Martha


Name: Alicia Hill
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Time: 11:15 AM

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I have read your book and was completely and totally intrigued!!!! What a truly wonderful book! I was wondering if there was a way possible to get my books signed by the author? One is mine and one is my mother's. I look forward to your reply.


Name: Patti Kearney
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Time: 09:50 AM

We would like to do a phone chat with you during our book club meeting on Oct. 23rd at 7:00 PM. I apologize for the late notice. Thank you, Patti


Name: Marily Lane
Location: Golden, Colorado
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Time: 07:22 PM

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A fellow bookclub member just sent me an email about your offer to chat by speakerphone. I'm sure my club would love it. We're locked in on our times for our meeting though. Let me know if it's possible to do a conversation on Sunday, October 27 between 3 and 4:00 PM MST.


Name: Ronnie Hauptman
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: Monday, October 14, 2002
Time: 07:03 PM

I was in the middle of reading the book, and wanted to do research to find out how true the story was when I found you do bookclub chats. Would you be able to talk with my bookclub - our next meeting is November 6 - we meet from 7-9 pm mountain time, but could try to adjust our schedule to fit yours. I greatly appreciate your time, and the opportunity to talk with you!!


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Name: Bonnie Guski
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Date: Monday, October 14, 2002
Time: 03:41 PM

Donna, I can't begin to tell you how much our book club enjoyed our tele-conference with you! It was so enlightening to hear what went into the research of Pope Joan. Personally, I can't imagine the Latin poem you persevered through to bring us the medicinal remedies of our heroine's time! What an incredible discovery along with the monastery's herbal garden map! We were also captivated by the actual history and facts about Pope Joan, and loved hearing from the "horse's mouth" about things we didn't pick up on when we read the story. You wrote such a gripping story to explain such an extraordinary piece of history. More questions did avail themselves after we hung up, and I suspect that some of the members will be posting them on your website for answers. Thank you again for joining our book club meeting. I dare say that you probably won't need to make yourself available for your next novel, though we would love to have you anyway! We're looking forward to both the movie, Pope Joan, and for your next novel (no pressure)! Best of success, Bonnie Guski Alpharetta, GA


Name: Kristen Freshley
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Time: 07:06 AM

Our book group would be thrilled to talk with you by speakerphone at our next meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23. We meet in the evenings and could speak with you anytime between 6:00 to 9:00 EST, whatever is most convenient for you. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!


Name: Julie Boone
Location: Duluth, GA
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2002
Time: 07:38 PM

Donna, We are reading "Pope Joan" for our next Book Club, scheduled for October 24th at 7:00 pm. Would you be available for a speakerphone chat at this time? We would love to talk with you!


Name: Linda Oster
Location: santa cruz
Date: Friday, October 11, 2002
Time: 11:08 AM

Thank you again, Donna, for agreeing to speak with our group last evening. We were all able to speak with you via the phone extensions and I thank you for your flexibility. We had a lively discussion after we hung up from you and look forward to the movie version of Pope Joan as well as your new novel. Thank you again for talking with us on such short notice! This was definitly a first for our group and we hope not the last! Linda Oster Santa Cruz, CA


Name: Robin Hoag
Location: Bogart, Georgia
Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Time: 03:51 PM
WOW!!! I wish I had know about this a few days ago, our book club is meeting tonight at 7:00 EST. What are the chances of getting together? It is wonderfully diverse and educaed group in Athens, Georgia. We'd love to have you there. Robin


Name: colleen dorrycott
Location: Aiken,S.C.
Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Time: 10:39 AM

We would love a phone appt. for our bookclub meeting On Oct.16...8p.m. est


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Name: Joni Daniels
Location: Elkins Park, PA, USA
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 04:15 PM

Donna - I was given your name and the title of your book by a colleague of mine at a networking event. Like you - I too was published by (Three Rivers Press)Crown and was terribly unhappy with the lack of effort on behalf on my book Power Tools for Women: Plugging into the Essential Skills for Work and Life (02/02). As a speaker and Management Consultant, I am working very hard just to get the word out and it's very hard to get it out beyond the sound of my own voice. Your story is motivational for me, and I ran right out to buy your book. I'd love to know more about how you got the word out, how much time you spend on the phone with book groups and learn from your experience. While no two situations are alike and neither is the remedy, I'm looking for ideas that will put some buzz into the excitement that my book and my presentations and programs provide. Congratulations for creating your own path through the publishing jungle. Joni Daniels


Name: Beatrice Hansson
Location: Sweden
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 03:30 PM

Dear Donna! I have just started to read your book and I am already sure it will be a late night! In my swedish class we are suppose to read a novel about the middle age and until tomorrow our teacher wants us to introduce the author of the book we have chosen. I have tried to find out more about you but I am not satisfide. I dont know when and where you were born, your family etc. Why you wrote a book about middle age as your first novel. If you have time I would be pleased to have some more information about your past life. It is not easy to be famous, you have to hang out your life to anyone...! I have to apologize for my spelling but I hope you understand my query anyway. Thanks for your time so far, hope to hear from you soon! My book is waiting for me and it is late night in Sweden. brgds Beatrice Hansson (a grown up student, who has intended to change her life)


Name: Jane Rosenfeld
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 02:15 PM

I conduct the Clifton Library Book club and we are discussing Pope Joan this week. There have already been so many positive comments from the group as they visit the library, that I am sure they would enjoy a chat with you via speaker phone. Our future dates are November 13 and December 11, 2002 and January 8, 2003. All dates are Wednesdays and the group meets from 10:30-11:30 EST. Thanks for taking your time to respond. I have already done your book with a group at another Cincinnati library, and we had a very good discussion. Thanks again. Jane Rosenfeld


Name: Nadia Daniel
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 01:43 PM

Donna, am sitting here with Susan Perloff (the book group you called from the Minneapolis hotel) discussing her courses she teaches for us at the University of Pennsylvania. She thought you would be a marvelous key note speaker for us next year November 2003 for our 9th Annual Writers Conference. Let me know if that would be of interest to you. We have 200 attendees attending morning and afternoon workshops. The key note sets the tone for the day. I'll be out this week returning next week. Nadia Daniel


Name: Linda Oster
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 12:45 PM

Any chance of speaking with you on Thursday, Oct. 10 any time from 7:00pm until 9:00 pm Pacific Time. We are a 5 year old book group and have loved this book. I know it is very short notice, but I just found out about your generous willingness to speak with Book Clubs. Thank you very much for considering us! Linda Oster


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Name:     Jacqueline Church Simonds
Location: Reno, NV
Date:     Friday, October 04, 2002
Time:     07:19 PM

Dear Ms. Cross,
We met at the UMBA trade show this past weekend. I wanted to touch base with you again and let you know how delighted I was to meet you. It's always great to talk to one of one's heros--and you and your accomplishments are the subject of my admiration. I wish you luck on your next book!
Jacqueline Church Simonds
President
Beagle Bay Books


Name: Gamin Dobbie
City:  Gainesville
State or Country: FL
Date: October 1, 2002

Dear Donna, I just wanted to thank you so much for chatting by speakerphone with our group tonight. I was thrilled at your candor and honesty and the group was just tickled to be talking with you. We were all a little "star-struck"! What a delight you are, and how amazing that you took the time to share with us! Everyone was so excited that we chatted for another 1/2 hour just about how great you were! We are all anticipating the movie and feel like we got the insiders scoop and can brag to all our friends!!! Can't wait for the next novel too! Thanks again, Gamin Dobbie & The Hammock Literary Guild and Junk Food Society


Name: Barbara Smith
City: Inver Grove Heights
State_or_Country: MN
Date: Monday September 30, 2002
Time: 08:56 PM

Our book club is reading your book for our next month's meeting. It's on Thursday, 11/14/02. Would you be able to join us via conference call?


Name: Janet Jacoby
City: Stevens Point
State_or_Country: Wisconsin
Date: Monday September 30, 2002
Time: 12:37 PM

Our Book Club of 12 women has read your book Pope Joan, and we meet to discuss it, Monday October 7, 7-9 P.M. (Central Time). It would be great to chat with the author.


Name:Victoria Zackheim
Location: san francisco, ca usa
Date: Friday, September 27, 2002 at 17:54:21
Comments:

Donna, I've misplaced your email address and want to contact you. Thanks, Victoria


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Name: Charlene
Location: Northwood , ND USA
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 15:46:42
Comments:

Dear Mary, I am a member of the Northwood Literary Club. I was thrilled to speak with you via speaker phone last night. I plan on recommending your book to my friends. Thank you for taking the time to talk to our group. It was certainly a highlight for us. Hopefully your latest edition is a huge success!


Name: Rita Lynch
Location: Galesville, WI USA
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002 at 08:59:28
Comments:

Ms Cross: Our Bookclub, The Critics Circle, has scheduled your book for discussion this month. We will meet at my home on Monday night, September 30th. We start at 7:30 p.m. and would welcome a call any time after that. I used to work in a bookstore, and for years people have been reading and recommending this book, and I finally have read it and I now know why! It was truly entertaining, your writing style has a wonderful flow to it, and the story of course, speaks volumes. Please let me know if you are able to accomodate us. I know this is short notice, but we just recently learned of your offer to tele-conference. Rita Lynch


Name: Patti Ebben
Location: Appleton, WI
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 15:28:33
Comments:

Donna Thanks so very much for making a call to our book club tonight! We were all nervous to chat with 'the author'... You made a powerful impact and we really appreciate it! It was so interesting to hear about the limitations put upon you with the publishing and movie making process! Please know you have 15 fans for life here! We anxiously await your next book, and we will 'flock' to the movie! Good luck with that awsome task! Patti Ebben


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spencer
Location: yellow springs, oh usa
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 17:47:45
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross: First, many thanks for appearing on WYSO's BOOK NOOK on 23 August. Your comments were very engaging. Immediately after hearing the interview, I devoured POPE JOAN, which was, indeed, a wonderful read. Once again, thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with WYSO's listeners and for a great book. I look forward to seeing Joan on the big screen. Sincerely yoursSteve Spencer, General Manager WYSO Public Radio


Name: Laurie Hansen
Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 21:55:19
Comments:

Our bookclub would love to have you attend by telephone. We generally meet on the second Thursday of the month and our schedule has Pope Joan being reviewed on Thursday October 10th. Does that date work for you? We could possibly switch month's so December or November are possibilities. Could you let me know if these dates are possible. Thanks so much. Everyone us so excited about this book. Congratulations.


Name: Phyllis
Location: Oak Brook, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 22:27:37
Comments:

Hello Ms Cross I have read Pope Joan several times and will be recommending it to our Book Club for discussion on Wednesday evening, October 16th at 8:00 p.m. It would be so wonderful if you could conference with us that evening. Please let me know if this is possible. Thanking you in advance for your time. Love the book, just love it.


Name: Catie

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 10:40:30
Comments:

I was so taken by the story of "Pope Joan", I recommended it to my book club. It is on our schedule for December and I look forward to reading it again for the discussion! I hope that we can schedule a chat with the author, Ms. Cross.


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Name: Gina Rawson
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2002 at 21:45:36
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Thank you very much for the signed book you sent with Ed. Instead of studying for my board exam, I just had to finish your book. I am buying a few copies to send to my family, especially, to my uncle, a Benedictine priest, in the Philippines. I cannot wait for the movie and your next book(s) to come out. Gina


Name:Manuel D.Pinto
Location: Quewzon City, Philippines
Date: Friday, September 6, 2002 at 18:35:17
Comments:

MsCross A big hello to you, A woman Pope is it fact or fiction.i think in the early 60's a movie was made about it made us aware on woman during that time had the strenght and will power to get things done. I hope i could get to read youre book. Noel


Name: Eva
Location: Suhl, Germany
Date: Monday, September 2, 2002 at 02:38:49
Comments:

Hello Mrs. Cross, I've read your book in the last four days of my summer holidays and I was totally fascinated. The story of Joan was so realistic I couldn't lay aside your book. In our german course we have to do a book review (I hope thats the right word) and I decide to take your book. Unfortunately I cant get any biographical facts about you. I would be very glad if you could help me. Thanks! Bye-Bye Eva


Name: Myrna Johnson
Location: Northwood, ND USA
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 11:24:36
Comments:

Hi, I contacted you in May after your visit to Fargo, ND. Now our Literary Club is planning on reviewing your book, "Pope Joan" on Sept. 24,2002 at 8PM Central Time. We are wondering if we can make arrangements with you to do a speaker phone visit? Please contact me at my e-mail address, myjohnso@polarcomm.com or call me directly at 701-587-6179. We are most anxious to get in touch with you and my personal internet is not working, but my e-mail is at this time. Thanks for any help you can give me at this time. Sincerely, Myrna J.


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Name: Bonnie Guski
Location: Alpharetta, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 21:04:15
Comments:

Our book club cordially requests a tele-conference for our meeting on Sept. 18th @ 10 am EST. We have many questions we'd love to have answered about this fabulous book!


Name: Joan Haushalter
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio USA
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 08:27:53
Comments:

Your book is wonderful! Our reading group has selected it for our September book selection. Could we possibly set up a telephone call with you during our meeting?!


Name:Dietmar

Date: Monday, August 26, 2002 at 09:54:51
Comments:

dear Donna, I read the book and found it absolutly magnificent! Please be sure to check out my favorite site on the web.


Name: Shannon Inouye
Location: Santa Margarita, CA
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 13:32:27
Comments:

Dear Donna, On behalf of our entire Book Club, THANK YOU for the insightful and interesting discussion by speakerphone this morning. We enjoyed learning more about Pope Joan, why you chose various characters and tools to enhance the story, and hearing about the upcoming movie. It was the best meeting we've ever had. Best of luck with the movie and your next novel. We look forward to both. Warm regards, Shannon


Name: Mark Martin
Location: Dayton, OH USA
Date: Friday, August 23, 2002 at 13:52:13
Comments:

I listened to your interview on WYSO (Antioch University) today and can't wait to do the read. Vic is the best.....he opens my life.


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Name: Sandi Ide

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA United States
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 20:10:38
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I read "Pope Joan" one year ago and was thoroughly entranced with the entire theme of the book. I had difficulty putting it down and couldn't stop reading until the end. Your writing style is easy to read, yet grabs you so you want to finish the book, but yet, don't want it to end. The perfect book, in my estimation. I have selected "Pope Joan" for my book group and would be honored if we were selected by you for a 'phone interview'. Our book club has been in existence for almost four years and we call ourselves the "19th Hole" because we are all golfers. Our regular meeting is the third Wednesday of the month, but, of course, we would change the date to accomodate you. My meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2002, 6:30 p.m. I think it is wonderful that you take the time to speak to your readers and this would add such enjoyment to our meeting. Thank you for considering us. Sincerely, Sandi Ide


Name: Bob
Location: Reno, NV
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 17:32:31
Comments:

Wow. "Pope Joan" -- what a book! Once I got started with it, I could not put it down. The story is sensational and sensationally exciting and educational. It also intensely thought provoking, not just in terms of the high level story but also from fundamental philosophical and theological perspectives. I have not felt so hard hit by one book since I read Atlas Shrugged more than twenty years ago.


Name: Tuppence
Location: Framingham, MA USA
Date: Monday, August 19, 2002 at 09:41:03
Comments:

I will be teaching a class on Women in Power this summer and was delighted to learn of Pope Joan. Would love to correspond with you about other Medieval Women besides those you mentioned. I have "hit" the biggies - Joan of Arc, Eleanor of Acquitane, Elizabeth, Catherine, etc. My parameters consist of "real power" or power behind the throne, but not just as a "wife of". For example, I am a Byzantinist (my focus will be nusmismatic) and I will use Theodora, wife of Justinian the Great, becuase, tho she is not reflected on the coinage, her real power was in steadying him on the verge of abandonment of Constantinople. Had he fled, he would not have gone on to capture and recapture the Byzantine boundaries which reached their zenith under him. (Run on sentences, sorry). Any way, I look forward to reading your book and would enjoy a response


Name: Samuel
Location: Toronto, , Ontario
Date: Friday, August 16, 2002 at 18:10:26
Comments:

Just want to know if what occurred with Pope Joan is a myth or a fact?


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Name: Gail White
Location: Milwaukee, WI USA
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 23:14:54
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, Your offer to share in a conference call conversation with book clubs reading Pope Joan is very generous. Your book came to me highly praised, and on that recommendation, I proposed it to our group. I will be leading the discussion at our January 8th meeting at 8PM CST. We would welcome the opportunity to have you present (via telephone)during our disucssion. In fact, we are willing to adjust our meeting date and time to accommodate your schedule. Thank you for presenting this enriching possibility. Sincerely, Gail White


Name: Tim Gleisner

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 11:40:10
Comments:

Dear Ms. Woolcroft Cross, My name is Tim Gleisner. I run a book discussion group at the Herrick District Library in Holland Michigan. We will be reading your book for the month of September of 2002. We will be discussing your book on October 7th. I am sorry about not contacting you sooner, but I have just found out about this offer and sending you the message. Sincerely, Tim Gleisner Herrick District Library


Name: Lindy Webster
Location: St. Paul, MN USA
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 09:45:14
Comments:

Dear Donna, What a treat last night was! All of the Spinebenders appreciated your articulate and insightful comments concerning not only Pope Joan but the world today. We enjoyed your candidness and sense of humor as well. We will all promote Pope Joan, see the movie in spring of 2004, and anticipate your new book. Thank you so much for sharing your time with us. All the best, Lindy


Name: Judy Roe
Location: St. Paul, mn usa
Date: Monday, August 12, 2002 at 22:24:06
Comments:

I am a member of the Spinebenders Book Club and would like to thank you for joining us at club tonight via speakerphone. It was so interesting to hear how you researched and wrote this book. We are very enthusiastic about your book and are passing on the word. Thanks again for joining us tonight. We all had a great time. Sincerely, Judy Roe


Name: susan perloff
Location: philadelphia, pa usa
Date: Friday, August 9, 2002 at 10:02:22
Comments:

Our book group is discussing "Pope Joan" on Friday, September 27, at 7 p.m., Eastern time. Can you join us at any time that evening for a discussion? (I realize you have no life of your own, so you are available at the whim of every book club in America, right?) Susan


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Name: Jennifer
Location: Mineapolis, MN USA
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 10:28:31
Comments:

I have never heard of this (obviously the Church doesn't teach such things) so I'm wondering what are other good sources for learning more about this amazing woman??


Name: Rebecca
Location: Marietta, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 17:25:38
Comments:

Our book club is planning to read Pope Joan in September or October 2002. We would love more information on how to set up a teleconference with the author. Thank you and best regards.


Name:  Laura
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: Monday, August 5, 2002 at 13:15:30
Comments:

Dear Donna - Thank you so much for participating in our book club discussion this past Sunday - it was such a pleasure and a rare privilege! I especially enjoyed hearing from you about the research and initial manuscript stages of novel writing - plus I don't think I've ever fully appreciated the amount of commitment and tenacity required of the author to see the initial draft through the publication(!!), distribution and sales process. We learned so much about the creative process I also wanted to express my appreciation for your time and energy in our discussion - you were so gracious and generous with your time! I hope that other reading groups take advantage of this opportunity to discuss Pope Joan (and your other future novels) with you -- what a great experience. I'm going to call the Holland, MI library and advise the reading club liaison about this opportunity as well, since the group has selected Pope Joan for August. Thanks again for joining us on Sunday - we learned so much! We can't wait for the movie! Sincerely, Laura


Name: Sue Howard
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 22:11:22
Comments:

I enjoyed reading "Pope Joan". Our Book Club has selected "Pope Joan" for our August meeting. We would enjoy speaking with you about your book. We will meet Friday,August 9th at 7:00pm (PDT). Is there any chance you might be available for a few minutes sometime that evening? Sincerely, Sue


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Name: Lindy Webster
Location: St. Paul, MN USA
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 10:19:03
Comments:

Hi, We've chosen Pope Joan as our August book for our book club of 11 years, the Spinebenders. We'd love to have a speakerphone chat with you the evening of Monday, August 12, 2002 anytime after 7:30 p.m. central time. (I think St. Paul is on central!) Please let me know if this will be possible. I really enjoyed the book and am eager to hear what the Catholics in our group think. Many thanks.


Name: Jayme
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Date: Monday, July 29, 2002 at 10:54:42
Comments:

Donna: Thank you very much for speaking with our book club last night. I attended the meeting at Laura Liu's, and really enjoyed hearing about your writing process and determination to bring Pope Joan's story to others. Your enthusiasm for Pope Joan and is amazing and infectious. I am recommending Pope Joan to all of my friends. I look forward to your next book. Thanks, Jayme


Name:Julie Totsch
Location: Racine, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 21:56:37
Comments:

I haven't yet finished reading the book, but I wanted to know more information. I was looking through the guestbook and I noticed a couple of questions I found interesting. Have you considered posting an FAQ page with the answers?


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Name:Jo Blankenship
Location: DeRidder, LA USA
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 21:16:24
Comments:

Our reading group has been meeting for about 5 years. We have about 12 members and meet monthly. We try to read a variety of books: old, new, fiction, non-fiction. We have participated in one author discussion and loved it. We would like to do it again. Thanks.


Name: Robby Robinson
Location: Arroyo Grande, CA U S A
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 11:46:12
Comments:

We have a reading group of 10 - 12 members forming... We take turns in assigning a book for the month -- my choice is "Pope Joan" for this coming September -- which I will assign at our next meeting on August 13th -- would like to discuss it with you sometime before that... Expect to buy at least four books -- hopefully at discount... Regards, Robby



Location: Aldan, PA United States
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002 at 22:12:18
Comments:

Thank you so much for "meeting" with our Border's discussion group by speakerphone. We truly enjoyed speaking with you about Pope Joan and are looking forward to your next literary endeavor. Your knowledge and enthusiasm made for a delightful evening. We are especially grateful for your perseverence in light of the technical difficulties we experienced with the telephone.


Name: Ruth Kirby
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002 at 09:43:28
Comments:

Hi Donna Well aren't we clever! We did it! Thank you so much for chatting by speakerphone with our reading group "Down Under" despite the hour - it was certainly a first for us . We have had an author attend our bookclub before but never a speakerphone conference!! Much appreciated. Everyone really enjoyed the book. Loved the setting, and the way you tied it in with what is known of 9th century history. And coming across Colmar in Ch 13 was wonderful for me. Phil and I lived there for 18 months back in the 70's - a beautiful, picturesque medieval town with heaps of religious artifacts. Should you ever decide to visit Australia (and of course you should!), come to Brisbane. Look me up and I'll show you around. Until then, or the next book, I'll say 'au revoir et merci' - and of course we'll start guessing the name of the next heroine! Cheers Ruth


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Name: Carol Kraeutler Lerner
Location: Chatham, NJ U
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 20:53:54
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Name: Patti Ebben
Location: Appleton, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 13:35:30
Comments:

Donna- We wanted you to see the festive atmosphere you inspired! I'm sending you pictures of our "Pope Joan" book club meeting. We are all wearing white spired pope hats, with our names 'Pope Patti', 'Pope Deb', 'Pope Lois'...in gold calligraphy, and white ribboned streamers running down our backs...(the Vatican has nothing on us). We had lively discussions on women in history, religion, womens rights, health, politics, family,... loved your characters! ... while we munched on 'Arn's' blue veined cheeses, sipped wine, and passed out vials of 'Virgin's Milk'...maybe we are just a wacky bunch of gals, but we sure found your work stimulating! Pope Joan parties rule!


Location: Appleton, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 10:53:50
Comments:

Donna, Thank you so much for calling to chat by speakerphone with our book club last night! We are still talkig about it! We really enjoyed your enthusiasm, extensive knowledgeable research, and passion! It was a real eye-opener to hear of your adventures with publishers and producers. Can't wait to see the movie and read your next book! We are honored to have had your time - what a treat!! Love your work!


Name: Deb Sypek
Location: Appleton, Wi USA
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at 22:35:40
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I wanted to thank you for chatting with our book club tonight. We all enjoyed it! Good luck with your next book, we can't wait to find out who it is about. We also look forward to the movie of "Pope Joan." Thank you again, Deb Sypek


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Name: Lindsay Keller
Location: Washington, DC USA
Date: Monday, July 8, 2002 at 15:41:08
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My book club, Bitches with Books and Booze, has chosen "Pope Joan" for its most recent selection--it was my personal suggestion. I have read it several times now and love it more and more each time--I can honestly say it has taken a firm place as the top 5 books I have ever had the honor to read. I believe the women in my group will enjoy it as well. We would LOVE to set up a meeting to speak with you via speakerphone--if that is still an possibility. Please let me know what I can do to set this up. :~P


Name: Michelle Small
Location: Bellingham, WA USA
Date: Friday, July 5, 2002 at 20:09:54
Comments:

Our book group, fascinated by your historical novel Pope Joan, will be meeting in September on the 12th at 1:00 p.m. PST. We would be so so so excited to have a speaker phone chat...and we could arrange any time in September that is convenient with you. Hope we can work something out.


Name: Gualtiero Gualtieri
Location: LONDON, England
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at 17:46:32
Comments:

Dear Donna we publish an art magazine and wish to publish an article about pope Joan for which we would need historical informations and illustrations and perhaps review your book (which we don't have yet). Should you wish to help, please get in touch with our editor, Ms Cecilia Macgregor by replying to this e-mail. Best regards Gualtiero


Name: Alice Bartelt
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at 13:08:44
Comments:

Our book group is reading you book for our August meeting. Would you be available to discuss it on the evening of August 19th. That would be Pacific Daylight Time. We usually meet at 7:30, but could move that up a half an hour, if that would be better for you. This book group is part of the Beaverton Branch of the American Association of University Women. I hope to hear from you soon.

href="mailto:m.moseson@att.net">m.moseson@att.net
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 11:50:56
Comments:

Dear Donna, On behalf of our Book Club (which doesn't have a name), I want to send you our sincerest thanks for speaking with us yesterday afternoon. We really enjoyed hearing all the sidelights you gave us, and hearing your answers to our questions added an extra dimension to the book, which will make it all the more memorable for us! It was a great afternoon, and I got all the credit for it! Everyone at the meeting was very enthusiastic about your book, and I assure you we will be recommending it to our friends. We'll also be looking forward to seeing the movie! Thanks again for giving us your time. Sincerely, Margaret Moseson


href="mailto:SimoneKeshavarz@gmx.de">SimoneKeshavarz@gmx.de
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: Friday, June 28, 2002 at 09:14:33
Comments:

Dear Donna! Many times I´d heard about this "unbelievably great" novel "Pope Joan" until I couldn´t help but read it myself. It´s better than I´d ever thought. I´m so impressed by this woman Joan and by the way you´ve written about her. I live very close to the town where Joan was born in Germany. A few days ago I went there and talked to somebody from this town (Ingelheim). He knew about the story and he said that it´s definetely true, but there is no eveidence at all about Joan in her home town nowadays. I was really angry. Whatta woman - but instead of remembering her they do all to keep her existance in the dark. Of course I know why, but I can´t take it. Thanx to your book I got to know this incredible woman and I hope I can even collect more informations. I don´t know where to start but I try. Thank you again for your novel (by the way - I made some promotion for it in Ingelheim)! It gave me some exciting and interesting reading hours. Congratulations that your book made it to the movies! I´m looking forward to watch it. I would like to say sorry for possible mistakes - my English isn´t that good anymore. All the best to you. Yours Simone


Name: Veronica Graffis
Email:Vgraffis@aol.com
Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 19:07:54
Comments:

I wanted to thank you again for the late night call to our book club last night. It is a fabulous service you are giving to your readers. We all agreed that it was our best meeting ever! You are a wonderful inspiration and proof that hard work really does pay off! I will definitely go see the movie when it arrives in theaters, but I have to say that it might alter the wonderful image I have of Joan due to your excellent writing. I will also anxiously await the publishing of your next novel. Thank you again for your time...I hope you survived the thunder storm! Veronica Graffis


Name: Amy Dakoske
Email:adakoske@aol.com
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 13:49:22
Comments:

My sister,Lisa Eshleman, had you chat with her book club about Pope Joan via speakerphone this past Monday, and she said it was such an amazing experience! My local book club in Cincinnati has chosen Pope Joan as our book for September, and we will be meeting September 9 at 7:30 PM (Eastern time). We would love to have you join us on speakerphone! If that date and time is not convenient, we are flexible. I look forward to hearing from you!


Name: Laura De Luca
Email:laura.deluca@ingrlr.com

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 07:24:43
Comments:

Hi Donna, Our reading group was blown away by Pope Joan! Seriously! We met at 7:30 and didn't stop talking until 12:30 and only because someone realized what time it was... we could have talked for hours. Of all the books our club has read and discussed, Pope Joan is a top favorite, and my personal favorite. We read two classics a year and the discussions on your book far outdid any classic we read! It sparked discussion of gender bias, the Church, personal development--the restraints put on one's soul's dreams. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book!


Name: Martha Eastwood
Email:
Location: richardson, texas usa
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 17:27:00
Comments:

Donna, I just finished your Pope Joan. Wonderful! I am interested in your bio and where you taught in NY. Martha Eastwood


Name: Elizabeth Averill
Email:lisla@merr.com
Location: Madison, Wi USA
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 22:51:17
Comments:

I was so fascinated with your book and your way of writing that I would like to know if you have published other bookd. I want to read everyone of them if you have. Much Luck to you EA


Name: Jill
Email:jbilzi@aol.com
Location: Oakland, CA
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 18:29:55
Comments:

Donna--This is a note of thanks to you on behalf of all six of our book club members. Thanks so much for the call last night! We were so thrilled! And, we stayed and talked about the book - and you - another TWO HOURS!! You are such a great advertisement for empowerment and pursuing your dreams. We admire your belief in yourself and your seven-year project. Thank you for your time - but also for inspiring us to read more, reach more and dream more.... And, don't forget - you have my phone number - please call us if you are on the West Coast - we want to pay you back with dinner! And we are serious! Thanks again, Donna - you made our little group feel very important. All the best across the miles....Warmly, Jill Bilzi


href="mailto:mizlegz@hotmail.com">mizlegz@hotmail.com
MI USA
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 17:12:17
Comments:

A friend of mine told me that "Pope Joan" would be the best book that I have ever read! She was right! I reccommend this book highly to anyone I talk to. I didn't want it to end! It was the best book I have ever read and think ever will read!! Thank you for such a great book!! Women everywhere can use Joan as a source of inspiration and comfort!


Name: Mrs Carlota Duff
Email:we_are_one_eternally@hotmail.com
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 09:04:20
Comments:

I have finished reading the book this morning at 3 am and I was fascinated. Thank you for telling the story about her, I had no idea this had ever happened and I am so happy that I have found out because she seems to have been a very interesting person. I had started thinking about all the things that the other characters do and say, all the ideas that people had back then about women..It is so wonderful to see how far we have come, but also, it is sad to see that so many are still regarded to be as ignorant and incapable as Joan proved women not to be...


Name: Leah Morin
Email:denldy@aol.com
Location: Parker, CO USA
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 07:30:36
Comments:

Thank you for taking the time to speak with our Book Club last evening, June 18, 2002. We all enjoyed the discussion so very much. We wanted to ask you, what books or authors do you enjoy? or would you recommend?


Name: Linda Madsen
Email:madsen1@uwp.edu
Location: Kenosha, WI
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 16:17:46
Comments:

Hi- I work for the Women's Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Women's Studies program sponsors a Gender, Race and Class book group. One of the books being considered is Pope Joan. The Gender, Race and Class group leader heard Donna speak at the Burlington Library, liked her very much, and asked me to check to see if she would be available to speak by phone on Friday, March 28th, 2003 between 3:30 and 5:00 PM? Please let me know, so that the dates and books can be finalized. If not that date, I have several others to choose from. Thanks. -Linda


href="mailto:lisafisch@msn.com">lisafisch@msn.com
Location: Moers, Deutschland
Date: Monday, June 17, 2002 at 12:30:45
Comments:

Hello Donna! I read your book and I think it's the best book I've ever read. Lisa Is there anyone who has a biography about Donna W. Cross? I need it for school. I want to tell my friends in school something about Donna!


Name: April Carlisle
Email:carlisle.al@pg.com
Location: Aurora, IL USA
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 23:15:40
Comments:

Donna - Our book club will be reading this book in July and our meeting to discuss this is set for Thursday, July 18th,2002 at 8:00 pm Central Standard Time. Would you be available to join us via speakerphone? We would love to chat with you! Thanks!


Name:Risteárd Mac Grailt
Email:mailto:hazelwood@www.com
Éire Ireland
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 14:26:08
Comments:

Donna your work is wonderful! If you have some time, please feel free to drop by my website where you will find a warm welcome. A welcome to a cosy botháin ósta here in the hill country of Déisi Mumhan, on the island of Éire. Keep up the great work, Donna! Risteárd Mac Grailt


Name: Lone Jensen
Email:lonejensen@earthlink.net
Location: Sparta, NJ USA
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002 at 20:04:42
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I am very eager to know if filming has begun on your motion picture... Is there an expected release date? Can you tell me who has been cast as Pope Joan? Thank you! With all best wishes, Lone


Name: Laura C. Liu
Email:chayuliu@aol.com
Location: Chicago, IL United States
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 16:49:44
Comments:

Hello! I selected "Pope Joan" as our next book club selection based on several reviews that I'd followed from the Amazon.com customer reviews. I'm only about 140 pages into the novel, but the story has been completely engaging! I'm looking forward to our best book club discussion (July 28, Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Central Time) and wanted to inquire about Ms. Cross's availability for a speakerphone conference during this meeting. Thanks! Laura Liu


Name: Shannon Inouye
Email:theinouyes@msn.com
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 14:36:17
Comments:

Having read & enjoyed Pope Joan over a year ago with my Book Club in Minnesota, I was excited to recommend it to my new Book Club here in Orange County, CA. We meet Monday, July 15 to discuss it. Any possibility of a "speakerphone discussion" with you? We start at 9 and usually end around 11-11:30 a.m. Thanks.


Name: Robin Singer
Email:A_singer@msn.com
Location: Bell Canyon, Ca. USA
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 11:17:52
Comments:

Donna, Our reading group has chosen your book to discuss at our August meeting. Are you available for a speakerphone conferences at that time?


Name: stefan beuter
Email:stefanbeuter@gmx.de
Location: Bietenhause, Germany
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 10:38:36
Comments:

Hello. I am from Germany and I would like to find a summary of your book. Where can I find it? Can you help me?


Name: Toni Grate
Email:tgrate@fuse.net

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 06:43:21
Comments:

Our group meets at my home on July 17th to dicuss Pope Joan. How do I go about setting up a speakerphone conference?


Name: Dianne Hoff
Email:erichoff@worldnet.att.net
Location: Littleton, Co
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2002 at 15:08:49
Comments:

I have just read Pope Joan, and it is the best book I have read in a very long time. Are you wokring on another book? This would make an excellent movie! IS anybody working on that?


Name: Dajana
Email:bluehorizont@gmx.de
Germany
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 14:37:23
Comments:

Hello Donna from Dajana from Germany, I read your book "pope Joan" five times. I love your writing style. Your choice of words is amazing. In this story I saw a true love story between Joan and Gerold (in Germany Johanna). Your description of this love moves me to tears. Furthermore I like the historical facts, because I love the history of our world so much. I have about 200 books about history. In my free time I write books and poems. One poem is published. Maybe I have luck in the future and one of my books will publish. In Germany it is difficult to publish a book. I have heard "Pope Joan" will adapt to the movies. Unfortunately the movies often are not so good like the books. I hope so much that the movie will be good - very well. :) Words fail me, because the story and your writing style are fantastic and incredible. I wish you the best for your future and I hope to hear from you soon. xxx


Name:Michelle Paulson
Email:michelle@latherandcompany.com
Location: Racine, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 11:54:57
Comments:

Dear Donna, I was so moved by the conversation you had on Wisconsin Public Radio with Jean Faraca that I ran out to a book store the same day and was lucky enough to find 1 remaining copy. Not only did I read it in record time but I also recommended it to everyone I know. I also talked to our pastor, who happens to be a woman, and we quickly agreed that a discussion must take place. If you are available on September 12, 19, or 26 in the evening, we would be honored for you to call in to our new book group. We have had quite a few people show an interest in reading your book so this will be quite the event. I look forward to your response. Congratulations on writing such a magnificent book. It is truly inspirational. Cheers, Michelle Paulson


Name: Judith Baker
Email:4bakers@rochester.rr.com
Location: Fairport , NY USA
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 19:15:44
Comments:

The LitWits discussion group, which meets in Borders Bookstore in Victor, NY, will be discussing "Pope Joan" on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30pm. Perhaps we could arrange a 1/2 hour conversation? Thanks for your consideration!


Name: Alicia Brazington
Email:aliciabrazington@aol.com
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Monday, June 3, 2002 at 21:31:43
Comments:

Hi! We loved your book and were wondering if you'd like to join our June 19th discussion by speakerphone--perhaps sometime between 6 & 8 p.m. PST? THANKS!


Name: Anne
Email:annepeltier@starband.net
Location: Arthur,
Date: Monday, June 3, 2002 at 13:18:07
Comments:

Dear Donna; We have two book clubs in Arthur ND, a town of about 400 people, 35 miles NW of Fargo ND. Also, some of our members are members of the Fargo Townhall Lecture Series and heard you speak there in May 2002. We had an enjoyable time hearing you speak about your journey of discovering Pope Joan and writing about her life. Our clubs would love to coordinate a date to have a book discussion with you. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wed June 12th at 7:30PM (central time). We realize your calander must be full and would be available to change our date and/or time to make this event possible.


Name:Travis Sonsalla
Email:travzila@yahoo.com
Location: Rollingstone, MN USA
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2002 at 19:46:22
Comments:

Hi, Here is what I wrote in my reading log regarding your novel, Pope Joan: "The author takes historical information regarding the alleged Pope Joan and creates an interesting, entertaining story on how the main character came to be Pope. A couple of convenient events during climatic moments test your believability (unless you accept it as, say, divine intervention), but are definitely within the realm of possibility. Well-researched; the author's note was most illuminating regarding the factual information she had to work with and what she improvised on." I rated it a 9 out of 10. I'm going to suggest Pope Joan as a nomination for my local reading group; I'll be sure to get back in touch with you if it is selected!


Name: Amber van Eeno
Email:AmbervanEeno@freenet.de
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2002 at 13:20:37
Comments:

Hello, I come from Germany and unfortunately my English is not so good. Sorry. But I would like to say that this book have inspired me. It is a beautiful book with a phenomenal story. I love this book. I am an author, too. But I write tales and fantasy stories and so on. But I love the history. But I can not write about these and so I read books about the history and so on. In my life I have never before read a book like "Pope Joan". I cry sometimes and laugh. I can not describe my feelings about this book. It is fantastic.


Name: Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Email:darbey@worldnet.att.net
Location: Richardson, Texas USA
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2002 at 11:42:07
Comments:

On November 6, 2001, I had the opportunity to meet and hear you speak about Pope Joan at the Richardson Friends of the Library. After reading the book, I wanted others to experience it also. So, I wrote a book review for the Story Circle Network and they have posted in online at their website. I hope this will encourage others to read this fascinating story. Thank you, Doris


Name: Patti Ebben
Email:pebben@new.rr.com
Location: APPLETON, WI USA
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 22:49:45
Comments:

Donna, My book club will be meeting Wed. June 12th 7-11pm central time at my house. We have enjoyed reading Pope Joan and look forward to lively discussions! Could you contact us?


Name: Margaret Moseson
Email:M.Moseson@att.net
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Date: Friday, May 31, 2002 at 21:43:02
Comments:

My book club is reading Pope Joan this month, and we'd be so happy to speak with you about it at our meeting June 29, between 1:00 and 2:30pm EDT. Might that be possible?


Name: Jeanne King
Email:jlbking@aol.com
Location: Centennial, CO USA
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 20:13:17
Comments:

Great book! We've read it in our book group and loved having you discuss it by speakerphone with our group. I've also recommended to many others. Just one recent question, do you know when and how she died?


Name:Michael Ching
Email:Michael@operamemphis.org
Location: Memphis, TN USA
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 12:04:01
Comments:

We have a supporter here who loves your book and would love to fund us in order to see us turn it into an opera/music theatre work. I have read the book and I agree with her. You have done some spectacularly theatrical turns in the book. Have all of the grand rights to your telling of the story been sewn up by the film? If not, we'd love to be in touch with you or your literary agent. Michael Ching General/Artistic Director Opera Memphis


Name: Erin Falin
Email:quincunxtangle@hotmail.com
Location: Oneonta, NY
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 10:33:49
Comments:

I bought Pope Joan knowing nothing of the woman or her story, but have found her to be as deserving of recognition as any other medieval heroinne. Im almost to the end now, and my stomach is doing somersaults! Thanks for the great book, and for the fun Ive had reading it.


Name: Carol Calnero
Email:ccalnero@aol.com
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 10:58:02
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, My book club just read Pope Joan and is meeting to discuss it tonight! Unfortunately I just found this info on the internet, so there may not be time to set it up. However, the next meeting will be at my house sometime in July (We'll be reading In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien). What dates in July would work for you for a telephone visit? I'm sure the group would love the opportunity to chat with you. Pope Joan was thoroughly enjoyable to read on every level. It was thought- provoking, educational and entertaining. The historical debate aside, it is a terrific story! I felt myself propelled through the book. What are you writing now? Where do you teach? Thanks for your time. Carol Calnero


Name: Kathy Pierce
Email:alanjp1@earthlink.net
Location: oak park, ca usa
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 23:00:31
Comments:

Dear Mrs. Cross, I just finished your book and loved it. My book club is having a meeting to discuss you book on Thursday, June 6th at 7:30 pm. We would love to have you join our discussion. I know this is very last minute, but I just found this wonderful web site. We have decided this meeting to have everyone bring a question so everyone can join in. We would love to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you for your time. Kathy Pierce


Name: Rochelle Wachs-Arnold
Email:wachs@ifls.lib.wi.us
Location: Fall Creek, Wi USA
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 18:25:17
Comments:

Dear Donna, As you know we all enjoyed your discussion with us last Thursday, May 23, 2002. We all were so pleased with everything. Can't wait until this book gets what it should have, its own movie! Waiting for next one. Sincerely, 10-4


Name: Carlos
Location: Masnila,
Date: Friday, May 24, 2002 at 01:16:50
Comments:


Name: Lynne Kozlowski
Email:Lynnepk@aol.com
Location: Norwood, MA USA
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 14:18:54
Comments:

Our church has a yearly "summer read" and discussion group and this year will be reading Pope Joan. Our discussion is scheduled for Thursday evening, August 29, 2002 from 7 to 9 PM. Are you able to schedule a speaker phone "visit" with us for that time?


Name: Ruth Haller
Email:Ruth.J.Haller@gmx.net
Location: Stuttgart , Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 22:49:40
Comments:

Hello ! I'm 16 years old,from Germany and as an exchange Student in Australia.I read your Book in German and I like it verry,verry,verry much !!! And now I read it again because I liked it so much and it is very fasinating!I did'nt know something about Pope Joan before I read this book.It is very good that you wrote it, because now more people know about her and I think that is very important! Here in the School(in Australia)I have to do an Oral Presentation,in English about your Book. Hopefully you can sent me more Information in genaral about you and your Book. Thanks, Ruth


Name:Fran Harbaugh
Email:franolia@aol.com
Location: Latrobe, Pa. USA
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 20:35:32
Comments:

I thought your book was wonderful. I attended a book discussion by you last month and am hoping you would be available for another club I belong to. Would 7-11 or 8-8 be good for you? We usually meet in the afternoons but will do evening. Whatever is best for you Thank you


Name: Cath Perrone
Email:pcperrone@yahoo.com
Location: Littleton, CO USA
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 13:31:43
Comments:

We would enjoy your company if possible at our discussion of Pope Joan on June 18th Tuesday. We meet from 6:30pm - 9:30pm mountain time. We were hoping for a half hour of your time. We look forward to your response. Thank you for this offer! The Bookies


Name: Ruth Kirby
Email:kirby@bigpond.net.au
Location: Brisbane, Queensland Australia
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 06:41:05
Comments:

G'day! We have bookclub here on June 18th between 8 and 10 pm. It would be a real treat to talk to you then, although the timing could be tricky as the west coast USA is 18 hours behind us here. Still, wonderful if we could do it!! Cheers!


Name: stacy
Email:princesa9521@aol.com

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 16:55:30
Comments:

Hi my name is Stacy and I am a high school student. I am doing a group presentation on your book Pope Joan. One of our requirements is to give information on the author. I've read your bio in the back of the book and your interview, but there is no info on when you were born or what you did before college. If you could send me anything interesting that you would feel comfortable sharing with me it would help a great deal with my presentation. Also if you could help me figure out where Ingelheim was in relation to Rome that would also be greatly appreciated. Your book is one of the best books I've ever read and I hope you wil respond soon. Thank you


Name: Kellie Shoemaker
Email:kellie_shoemaker@ci.mesa.az.us
Location: Mesa, AZ USA
Date: Monday, May 20, 2002 at 16:30:29
Comments:

Hello. I am a librarian at the City of Mesa Library in Mesa, Arizona. I have a book discussion group that meets the first Tuesday of each month. We are discussing Pope Joan on Tuesday, June 4. Please let me know if you are still doing speakerphone sessions with book discussion groups. My group would love to interact with you! Kellie Shoemaker kellie_shoemaker@ci.mesa.az.us


Name: Rebecca Stone
Email:RebeccaStone@attbi.com
Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: Monday, May 20, 2002 at 01:28:05
Comments:

Hi Donna: I just wanted to thank you again for taking the time to chat by speakerphone with us last Thursday! We all had such a great time... and really appreciate the opportunity to talk directly with you. Actually, that's a remarkable understatement. Having a conversation with you has seriously impacted the way our book club will function from now on! Again... thanks for a wonderful, enlightening evening. Regards, Rebecca


Name: Sandra K. Marks
Email:JMarks@westol.com
Location: Latrobe, Pa USA
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 21:11:23
Comments:

Loved the book. I was one of the women in the Book club, when you called at 7:30(5-15) at Latrobe Co. Club Latrobe, Pa. Nicole made the arrangemnts. We agreed, that your were so witty to be the author. Good luck-success!


Name: Sue Strode
Email:sue.strode@attws.com
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 18:29:05
Comments:

We have selected Pope Joan for our book club and would love to have the opportunity to speak with you.


href="mailto:Lekriti@web.de">Lekriti@web.de
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 11:48:52
Comments:

Dear Mrs Cross, I am from Germany and I want to present a project about Pope Joan. It would be great if you could send me some more informations about Pope Joan. (if it is possible). Thank you very much Lena Your book is one of my favourit books.


Name: Jill Bilzi
Email:jbilzi@aol.com
Location: Oakland , CA USA
Date: Monday, May 13, 2002 at 18:19:14
Comments:

Our book group, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is ready to discuss Pope Joan at our upcoming meeting, which will be held Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 pm (PST). We are a diverse group of readers, men and women, and our book discussions are typically very spirited and great fun. All of us would LOVE to arrange a speakerphone dialogue to ask you a lot of questions we have about the book - and to learn more about your inspiration in writing Pope Joan. Please let us know how to arrange such a phone call - and we thank you in advance for this wonderful offer to your readers. There is so much to discuss! Best, Jill


Name:Marnie J. Jensen
Email:mjjensen@mcls.lib.wi.us
Location: Manitowoc, wi usa
Date: Monday, May 13, 2002 at 12:37:10
Comments:

Hello Ms. Cross, I will be heading a book discussion on Pope Joan on August 22nd, 6:30 p.m. CST. I was wondering if you would do us the honor of joining us via speakerphone to take us "behind the scenes" of your novel. I think it will be a unique experience for those attending the discussion as well as myself. Please let me know whether you are able to "join" us in discussing your book. Thank you Marnie J. Jensen Library Associate, I&AS Manitowoc Public Library


Name: Yvonne
Email:yesyvonne@mindspring.com
Location: Nevada City, CA USA
Date: Friday, May 10, 2002 at 11:14:46
Comments:

Hi Donna, I originally wrote to you on Apr. 23, proposing June 15 as the date for our POPE JOAN speakerphone discussion with my reading group. You kindly replied very promptly, but then I left town on an extended business trip before I had received a confirmation from our group's host for that meeting. Now I'm still out of town but I did hear back from her, so this is to confirm the date and time you'd specified. We're looking forward to the conversation with you on June 15. Please let me know that we're on. Thanks so much. --Yvonne


Name: Linda C. Wiehl
Email:Linda_A._Wiehl@Liverpool.k12.ny
Location: Liverpool, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 19:53:38
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I am a high school Global History teacher who is on the Board of Directors for the Central Council for the Social Studies based in Syracuse, New York. We are very interested in seeing if you would be willing to present at our fall conference, Tuesday, October 29th at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. We are an organization of social studies teachers. We have a variety of speakers address us on scholarly and educational matters. I, and others on the Board, absolutely loved Pope Joan. We are interested in the historical research behind your book, and any novel of an historical nature. Exactly what is the process of an author who writes an historical novel? How much is fact? How much is fiction? These would be the kinds of issues we would love to see addressed. Would you be interested in this type of speaking engagement? There would be 300-400 teachers and also representatives from the New York State Education Department in attendence for the entire conference. The forum is set up so that there are a variety of programs going on at the same time and teachers select the program which best suits them. A presentation is about 1 hour in length. We have some morning presentations and some early afternoon presentations so that we would not be imposing on an entire day. There is so much interest in your book. We believe that you would be a great addition for our fall conference. Linda C. Wiehl Board of Directors, Central NY Council for the Social Studies Liverpool High School Annex 4340 Wetzel Road Liverpool, NY 13090 315-453-1275


Name: molly perry
Email:mollymolly60305@yahoo.com
Location: elmwood park, illinois cook
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 14:07:23
Comments:

Hi Donna, I cannot believe that you are such a great sport as far as willing to talk to book discussion groups via speaker phone. The Elmwood Park Public Library is having their monthly book discussion tonight and we will be discussing your book. If I only I had known about this earlier I could have given you fair warning to call us. I am still going to give you our information in case you have nothing better to do tonight: We are having dessert and coffee tonight so we will probably go until at least 8:20 like we did last month without the coffee. It will really make everybody happy, happy if you call. Sincerely, Molly Perry (bookleader)


Name: Heather
Email:shcammarn@email.msn.com
Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 11:16:37
Comments:

Hi Donna~~ My book club in Charlotte, NC, so enjoyed your speakerphone chat with us last month. Everyone is still talking about it, and Pope Joan has been recommended to everyone's mother's, sister's, and friend's book clubs! Thank you so much for sharing your time with us and giving us such a memorable experience. I took up your challenge to guess the heroine of your next novel, set in 17th century France. Since I knew nothing about this era, I had to spend quite a bit of time researching it. My best guess for your next heroine is Marie de Brinon: headmistress of the girls' school at St. Cyr; author of the original words that became "God Save the King"; assistant to Louise Hollandine, Abbess of Maubuisson; and correspondent with the German philosopher Leibniz and the French bishop Bossuet in a valiant attempt to reunify the Catholic and Protestant churches. Please let me know if I am anywhere near the mark!


Name: Myrna
Email:myjohnso@polarcomm.com

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 01:25:25
Comments:

Enjoyed your lecture at Town Hall in Fargo, ND today!


Name:Diane Collet
Email:froggi@total.net
Location: Montreal, QC Canada
Date: Monday, May 6, 2002 at 22:24:12
Comments:

Hello there. I am presently reading your book for the second time. I read Lawrence Durrell's version in the mid-eighties and at that time was so enthralled with the story that I created a paper work about Pope Joan. Looks like she fascinates many of us. Great


Name: Fay Grasty
Email:fgrasty@myersparkpres.org
Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: Monday, May 6, 2002 at 15:57:21
Comments:

Our book club is meeting Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm. I have your interview, questions, etc. in the back of the book, but we would love to have you join us by speakerphone if you're available. I look foward to hearing from you.


Name: Susan M Johnson
Email:suepbs@earthlink.net
Location: Bellevue, WA USA
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2002 at 00:00:23
Comments:

Donna: My reading group has chosen "Pope Joan" for our May discussion, and we will be meeting 5/21/02 @ 7:00pm (PST) to discuss it.We would love to have you join our discussion by speakerphone!


Name: Merrill Piepkorn
Email:mpiepkorn@prairiepublic.org

Date: Friday, May 3, 2002 at 14:06:43
Comments:

Interesting book and great story about how hard you are working to keep it alive. Looking forward to visiting with you on ND Public Radio in a little less than an hour. Later, MP


Name: Michele Gatewood
Email:chelegate@aol.com
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 00:11:46
Comments:

Donna, Thank you for the wonderful treat you gave our reading group last Thursday evening. It was the chat of a lifetime. We are still buzzing with excitement at getting the opportunity to talk with the author of the consensus "best book" of our club. Rest assured, we will be your biggest champions in this neck of the woods. If you see sales spike in this area, you'll know we had something to do with it! I must also thank you for introducing all of us to Pope Joan. She is an inspiration, not only for her intelligence but her incredible determination and unwillingness to give up. How unfortunate that so many are unaware of her existence. Well, now we know, so we can say, hats off to the old gal--she's one in a million! Thanks so much, Donna. Best of luck with your future--your contingency of Oklahoma fans with be watching and waiting for the next book! Warmest regards, Michele


Name: Susan Devine
Email:sdevine2@earthlink.net
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 23:54:49
Comments:

Dear Donna, What a privilege it was for our reading group to chat with you by speakerphone on Wednesday evening!! The information you shared with us about Pope Joan, yourself, and the upcoming movie has already been spread amongst our friends and relatives along with a strong recommendation to buy and read the book. Now we not only respect and admire Joan's intelligence, courage, and resourcefulness, but yours as well. We wish you the best with the upcoming movie, your new book, and all future endeavors. Sincerely, Susan Devine


Name: Johanna Larnberg
Email:jlarnberg@hotmail.com
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 10:13:21
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross I just want to thank you for one of the best book I've read. When I bought the book it was mostly for it's title (in swedish "pĺven Johanna"). So Maybe you can call it an ego tripp. But when I started to read it I couldn't put it down. I actually had a small story time every morning at work for my friends. I hope you will write many more books because you are truely one of the best authors ever. Lycka till (Good luck) /Johanna


Name: Janet
Email:janet2smike@yahoo.com
Location: Richmond, MI United States
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 00:08:23
Comments:

While searching on another web-site, I came across the title of your book. Was Joan's last name Papiez? Or is that Polish for "Pope"? My married name is "Papiez". I'm looking forward to reading your book.


Name: Janet

Date: Monday, April 29, 2002 at 23:59:57
Comments:


Name: Andi Miller
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Monday, April 29, 2002 at 07:47:41
Comments:

Donna, You might remember me from a book chat you did a few months ago with TheBookSpot (a yahoo group). You also responded with a rather lengthy e-mail to my post in your guestbook (which thrilled me to death, by the way!). I know you're terribly busy as the word surrounding Pope Joan spreads like wildfire through various book groups. The reason I'm writing is to ask if you've ever been spotlighted in Book Magazine? I'm about to hit my senior year in college and in my Advanced Non-Fiction Composition class we're required to attempt publication of an article, short story, etc. I would really like to write a feature about Pope Joan, its popularity among book groups, and the word of mouth popularity of the book. I just wanted to see if it is ok with you, and ask if I might send a few questions in the next couple of weeks as I write the article? If you're too busy, I completely understand, but I'd love the opportunity to share my love of your book and your amazing talent with Book Magazine and its readers. Thanks for your time!!! Andi Miller from Dallas


href="mailto:nchase@hnet.net">nchase@hnet.net
Location: West Bend, WI USA
Date: Friday, April 26, 2002 at 09:05:37
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, On behalf of the West Bend Library Book Club, Susan Robbins and I would like to thank you for enhancing our POPE JOAN discussion in joining us by speakerphone. We thoroughly enjoyed our lively conversation. It was as though you were right in the room with us! Thank you for enlightening us. POPE JOAN is a fascinating book. We are looking forward to your next novel, as well as viewing the upcoming movie. Thanks again for a most enjoyable evening. Sincerely, Nan Chase & Susan Robbins


Name: Jacquie Goddard
Email:ukusmum@attbi.com
Location: Saratoga, CA USA
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 18:32:21
Comments:

What a wonderful idea that you have made yourself available through email to the many thousands of readers of your book. We have a very lively group of ladies who have been together for almost 8 years. Our discussion of this book will be on May 23rd @ 8pm please could you let me know if this time is suitable for you to join us by speaker phone? We have had a High school English teacher join us and also a local author and a lady doctor to answer questions on that "wonderful time of life" that comes to us all in the end!!


Name: Joan Danninger
Email:danning@in-tch.com
Location: Butte, MT USA
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 15:31:11
Comments:

Our reading group is currently reading your book and we would love to have your input at our next meeting. We will be discussing the book on May 6 at 7:30 PM MST. If you can participate we would be delighted. Thanks, Joan


Name: Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek
Email:yesyvonne@mindspring.com
Location: Nevada City, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 19:31:20
Comments:

Hello Ms. Cross, My monthly book group is interested in taking you up on your offer to join us by speakerphone for our upcoming discussion of POPE JOAN, tentatively set for our June meeting, which would be June 15, 2 to 4 p.m. or so. Does that work for you? We meet each month at the same time on the third Saturday, so could make it July or August if that works better for you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Yvonne


Name: Linda Johnson
Email:Linda.S.Johnson@osucascades.edu
Location: Bend, OR USA
Date: Monday, April 22, 2002 at 19:36:03
Comments:

Our book club is reading/discussing Pope Joan this month, and heard that you have offered to call in for the meeting. Our meeting is on May 9th at 8:00 pm (Bend time). Is it possible for you to join us? If so, please send me information on how to contact you. I am enjoying the book immensely.


href="mailto:tfickcpa@aol.com">tfickcpa@aol.com
Location: Hood River, OR USA
Date: Monday, April 22, 2002 at 11:33:24
Comments:

Our book club has chosen Pope Joan as our May selection. I was researching this website to send out some info with our letter, and came across this guestbook. We would love to talk with you by speakerphone. We are meeting on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know if this works for you! Thank you for this opportunity. I am ordering the books today!


Name: Barbara Braeuer
Email:joebaniusa@netscape.net
Location: Loveland, OH USA
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 20:58:59
Comments:

Dear Donna, Thank you so very much for joining our bookclub last Thursday over speakerphone! We thoroughly enjoyed the discussion with you and getting to know more about your work on Pope Joan, the planned movie and your new book. We were thinking of how to thank you for the wonderful and interesting chat we had with you and we kind of liked the idea of one of your other readers to buy another copy of Pope Joan to give it to a friend. First of all because it is such a good and well written book and then we would like to contribute to restore Pope Joan's life. This chapter of history should be also a part of history known to every child! Oh, and thank you for the recommandation for other historical fiction. I cannot wait to start reading all these wonderful books. I am going back to live in Germany and you know what? I will be so proud to brag in front of all my family and friends that I have talked to the author of Pope Joan! Thank you again and good luck with everything you plan to do! Barbara


Name: Ginger Hansell
Email:ghansell@powercom.net
Location: Columbus, WI USA
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 15:43:24
Comments:

Donna, I was lucky to have heard part of your conversation with Jean Feraca on WI Public Radio and mentioned it at a meeting that night. We decided to form a book club and to start with your book. I have just finished reading Pope Joan and have much to digest. I'd like to believe that she lived yet it does not really matter. The inspiration is the quest for knowledge. Thank you for encouraging women to learn. Our club will be meeting Thurs. May 23. Would it be possible for you to speak to us via speaker phone that evening? It would be a treat!


Name: Nicole Burkholder-Mosco
Email:nicolemosco@aol.com
Location: Latrobe, PA USA
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 11:21:40
Comments:

Donna Woolfolk Cross, A newly formed book club is meeting here in Latrobe out of the Latrobe Country Club. At our last meeting, your book was suggested and voted on as our next selection. It is absolutely fabulous! I thought I might ask if it would be possible to have you spend some time with us during our next meeting via speaker phone. The meeting, however, is coming up very soon so I imagine this might be a difficult time frame--the meeting is May 15, 7:00 pm. We run through to about 9:00 pm. And as a side note, I am currently working on my dissertation in literature and fully appreciate all the research that you put into this masterpiece! Best, Nicole Burkholder-Mosco


Name: Cathy Krupinski
Email:krupins@ecol.net
Location: Rice Lake, WI
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 07:04:01
Comments:

Dear Donna, THANK YOU SO MUCH for talking with our reading group by speakerphone last night. We loved hearing your voice and learning more about the book, your research, the movie and your next book! The most heart breaking information was the scraping off the ink off the vellum written by the ancient Romans and Greeks with ALL the brilliant knowledge they had amassed, to write out religious homilies. And the most "telling" was the wedding ceremony for Gisla, where she was admonished to "be as a dog" and the husband was to be strong, brave and true--and only beat the wife what she deserved!! When your new book comes out next summer, you can be sure it will be on our reading list in the fall. We can't wait! Thanks again for taking the time to be with us. This will be hard to beat for future discussions! Enjoy the spring! Cathy Krupinski


Name: Rosa Elena Hernández
Email:rehdez@hotmail.com
Location: Mexico, Mor. Cuernavaca
Date: Friday, April 19, 2002 at 15:27:22
Comments:

This book was a gift and I think it was the best I've received, I would like to share it with my husband but he doesn't speak English, where can I get an Spanish version.


Name: Edward Staats
Email:Staats@eudoramail
Location: La Crosse, WI United States
Date: Friday, April 19, 2002 at 09:38:25
Comments:

Thank you for this marvelous historical novel. While I know it is a novel, the woman portrayed is real (that I believe)and while I read and reread it, she is a wonderful companion, her mind something to marvel at and enjoy. Thank you for bringing her to us and for capturing so well this time period.


Name: alexandra mckay
Email:mckayruns@iglide.net
Location: corona del mar, ca usa
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 00:36:28
Comments:

donna. thank you for researching what you at first thought to be an "amusing typographical error". because of your inquisitiveness - we, the readers, are able to enjoy a beautifully written, informative book - on a topic that deserves more exploration. with appreciation, alexandra


Name: Karen James
Email:karenjames@boone.net
Location: Vilas, NC USA
Date: Monday, April 15, 2002 at 16:05:27
Comments:

Our Catholic parish women selected Pope Joan as their book club selection for April. Would you be available for a few questions by speakerphone on Monday, April 22nd between 4 and 5:30 PM EDT? I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and am looking forward to discussions.


Name: Clarissa
Email:unchangeable@uboot.com
Location: Pyrbaum, Bayern Germany
Date: Monday, April 15, 2002 at 13:25:50
Comments:

Hi Donna W. Cross I had written to you and I got messages about your person for a report. Thank you very much. It would be gread if you send a picture from you to me, please. Is this possible? Thank you so much! Bye your fan, Clarissa!


Name: Christine
Email:docside@carolina.rr.com
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 19:26:29
Comments:

Loved your book!!!! I recommended it to my book club and it has been selected for June 2002. Would love for you to be able to discuss it with us.


Name:Sharon Thompson
Email:hht@gwi.net
Location: Benton, ME Kennebec
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 12:55:06
Comments:

Thanks for a great book! My book group read it several months ago and loved it!! I'm new to the net and just discovered your web site so I wanted to thank you for your book, it was a great meeting that night discussing the possibility of a Pope Joan! Thanks again!


Name: Lisa Eshleman
Email:lisaaeshleman@aol.com
Location: Skaneateles, NY USA
Date: Friday, April 12, 2002 at 21:27:39
Comments:

Hi Donna Our book club is meeting Wed, May 29 in Skaneateles. I understand that you've attended a few local book clubs and don't know if you're still willing, but we'd love to have you attend. If not, a visit by speakerphone would be the next best thing! Our date is flexible. I couln't put Pope Joan down!Thanks so much.


Name: Paula Jones, Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble Mayfair
Email:crm2944@bn.com
Location: Wauwatosa, WI USA
Date: Friday, April 12, 2002 at 10:28:11
Comments:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Donna, your marvelous chat with our Singles Book Club was thoroughly insightful! All the participants felt it was one of the most rewarding discussions they've held to date! I, however, have been muddling over your cryptic clues about your next subject. Was that 17th century or 1700s? Thank you again! I am looking forward to your next novel!


href="mailto:anne@may.name">anne@may.name
MD
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 16:42:55
Comments:

FABULOUS!!!!! I had only vaguely heard about Pope Joan before, but found the book phenomenal, inspiring me to go find some other information. History Channel International also recently did a profile of the Pope Joan story.


href="mailto:kittyboone@earthlink.net">kittyboone@earthlink.net
Location: Aspen, CO
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 22:30:08
Comments:

Dear Donna: Thanks you for lending your time to chat with our reading group by speakerphone last evening, and for engaging us all in such a delightful, even occasionally hilarious conversation. Your book is an inspiration -- and not just because it is about a courageous and spirited woman with a masterful intellect, but also because you so articulately demonstrate both leadership and the force and success of personal integrity. We all loved reading this -- a complete pleasure from start to finish. Looking so forward to the focus of your next endeavor!


Name: Michael Muhnickel
Email:hayspanky@aol.com
Location: north syracuse, NY U.S.A
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 15:00:10
Comments:

I love this book. My 10th grade English teacher told me to read it. He got me hooked on books written about the middle ages when he challanged me to read "Pillars of The Earth" and ive been hooked since. I never thought that there was a female pope and can't wait to finish this book


Name: mary lee hansmann
Email:hackers@charter.net
Location: kohler, wi usa
Date: Monday, April 8, 2002 at 21:32:25
Comments:

Our book club just finished reading Pope Joan and we will be meeting to discuss the novel on Monday,April 15th at 10:30AM Central time. We would love to discuss it with you by speakerphone if that would be feasible. Thank you.


Name: Friederike
Email:friederikestange@yahoo.de
Location: Duisburg, Deutschland
Date: Monday, April 8, 2002 at 05:52:46
Comments:

I find your book very interesting, but I want to have a biography about your person! It is very important, because I need it for school!!


Name: Steffi
Email:Aigner-Langenbach@t-online.de
Location: München, Deutschland
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 06:23:35
Comments:

Hallo wir sollen im Religionsunterricht ihr Buch vorstellen, doch leider haben wir keine Informationen über sie selbst.Wäre es möglich dass sie uns eine kleine Biografie zusenden.Vielen Dank im vorraus!


Name:Deb LoCascio
Email:deb.locascio@ais.at
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 08:26:38
Comments:

What a great idea to chat with reading groups by speakerphone! We're talking about 'Pope Joan' in our May book club meeting and we'd love to speak with you. I don't have the date of our meeting yet but I'll have it this week. What a cool idea!


Name:Linda Dressler
Email:ldressler@earthlink.net
Location: Irvine, , CA U.S.A.
Date: Friday, April 5, 2002 at 21:41:47
Comments:

I lead a book discussion group called Sisters. We are women of the University United Methodist Church in Irvine. We are currently reading Pope Joan and everyone keeps telling me how they can't put it down! We will be meeting Monday night April 22nd and would be so thrilled and honored if you could speak to us by speaker- phone. Thank you for a thoroughly captivating book!


href="mailto:pamdemont@aol.com">pamdemont@aol.com
Location: New York, NY US
Date: Friday, April 5, 2002 at 12:20:12
Comments:

Hello. We are Pam de Montmorency and Melissa Strickland, partners in a freelance research company called The Idea Farm. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this letter of introduction as we are interested in working with you. We are both admirers of your work and we would value the opportunity to work with you should you require research assistance on any future projects.


Name: Laurie Hancock
Email:lauriehancock@juno.com
Location: Cedar Hills, Utah USA
Date: Friday, April 5, 2002 at 11:45:59
Comments:

Ms. Cross - I found your book totally engrossing! It was also inspiring and empowering. We will be discussing it in our book group on Thurs., April 11 @ 7:30 pm (mountain time). If there is any way you could join us by speakerphone that would be great. It is short notice - but I just happened across your web site today. Thank you so much!


Name:Beverly
Email:hellobeevy@hotmail.com
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 13:07:14
Comments:

Just finished reading every captivating page of this book. It was leant to me by a friend, and I took up reading it as soon as it was in my possession. I finished it in 2 days...I could not put it down. Truly a masterpiece!


Name: Cathy Mousseau
Email:cathymousseau@worldnet.att.net
Location: Wheaton, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 16:55:14
Comments:

Donna, Thanks for chatting by speakerphone last night with our book group! We really enjoyed hearing your perspective on "Pope Joan". For any book club that is contemplating asking Ms. Cross to join your discussion, you absolutely won't be disappointed. As for any reader who is considering reading the book, it will be one of your better selections for the year. Donna, thanks again for your wonderful novel and generous discussion offer. Cathy Mousseau


Name: Karen Coan
Email:KARENCOAN@aol.com
Location: Glenview, Illinois
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 12:37:37
Comments:

Each member of our book reading group takes a month to choose a book, and March was mine. I was browsing through the Amazon Reading Group Guides list and saw Pope Joan. It looked interesting, and different from the usual books we read. When I saw that it had a 4 1/2 star rating from 138 reviews,I was impressed. One reviewer commented that this was the first book everyone in her book group liked! We have a pretty diverse group, so I was a little worried some members would think it was too much history, but now that I've read it, I'm pretty sure this may also be our reading group's first book unanimously enjoyed! Thanks for a terrific read!


Name: Alicelynn Cockrill
Email:acnjc2@juno.com
Location: Escondido,, CA USA
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 15:36:27
Comments:

Donna, I was part of the book club that you spoke to last night (Mar. 27) via speakerphone and thoroughly enjoyed our time with you! The book was wonderful and our discussion with you enlightened me on even more things. Am looking forward to the movie! Thanks.


Name: Tara Johnson
Email:Mammacita1113@aol.com
Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 15:30:58
Comments:

Hi! I am writing to you because I just finished your book (last night, actually) after my mom had recommended it to me. I loved it! I am a junior in high school in Des Moines, Iowa and I absolutely was thrilled with the notion of a possible female Pope. So thrilled, actually, that I have decided to write my Junior research paper for my english class on the possibility of there being an actual female Pope. I go to a Catholic High School, so I'm hoping to bring new light to people so set on tradition and church culture. I was wondering if you could lead me in the right direction for researching this. Thank you so much for spending part of your life researching Pope Joan so many could learn about her. I am truly inspired! Thanks! Tara


Name: Tara Johnson
Email:Mammacita1113@aol.com
Location: West Des Moines,
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 15:24:17
Comments:


Name: Candy Pannetta
Email:cbcoreal@co.tds.net
Location: Crawford, CO
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 14:42:10
Comments:

Dearest Donna A note of HUGE thanks from all of the "Wild Women" in Crawford, Colorado- We were all thrilled, awed and smiling with joy after our speakerphone call with you. Your passion & intelligence, coupled with your sense of humor and generous spirit made an undeniable impression with all of the wonderful women in our group. Everyone is determined to tell friends, other Book Clubs and total strangers around the world about you and Pope Joan. You have undoubtedly created a Sisterhood here in Western Colorado and we thank you again for sharing your laughter and your strengths with each of us - Wishing you grand success in your life - From The Rocky Mountains... Candy Pennetta & Gail, Pam, Beth, Kim, Penny, Cathy, Diane, and Kathryn


Name: Kim Burke
Email:logcasa@paonia.com
Location: crawford, CT USA
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 12:48:55
Comments:

Dear Donna, I'm one of the "Wild Women" in the Crawford Book Club and I just wanted to thank you for joining us (via speakerphone) at our book club meeting last night. What a fabulous experience to have you share your insights with us - I must say it was one our most exciting meetings! Good luck with the movie and with your upcoming book. We'll be anxiously awaiting both as we're sure they will be absolutely delicious! Have a great day. Kim


Name: Beverly Bartlett
Email:b3bart@aol.com
Location: Escondido, Ca
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 10:33:57
Comments:

Thank you for providing our Book Discussion Group with information about the book, Pope Joan. Because I now know a bit more about nunneries in the ninth century, my titilation for this month will be to command my friends,"Get thee to a nunnery. Go!" Our book discussion group looks forward to reading your next book about the seventeenth century French woman. Beverly


Name: Beverly Bartlett
Email:b3bart@aol.com
Location: Escondido,
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 10:21:01
Comments:


Name: Joan Ross
Email:jross@bendcable.com
Location: Bend, Oregon
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 15:13:39
Comments:

Dear Donna, On behalf of the Joan Ross book club in Bend, Oregon (also known as the R.E.A.D club; for Read, Eat, and Discuss ((or Drink)).. , thank you mightily for your contribution to our discussion of Pope Joan. It was definitely a highlight for our group and will be remembered for a long time! I have since purchased the book for other friends (Barnes & Noble was out of it, I found two copies at a locally owned store) and one for my husband, too. We will look forward to the movie! Thanks again, Joan Ross


href="mailto:joan@inxpress.net">joan@inxpress.net
Location: Madison, Wis USA
Date: Monday, March 25, 2002 at 21:59:04
Comments:

Heard you on the Jean Feraca Show.... Have just read The Legend of Pope Joan by Peter Stanford, now I must read yours! Congratulations....


Name: Joann Fischer
Email:joannfischer@carolina.rr.com
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Monday, March 25, 2002 at 14:10:00
Comments:

Our book club will be meeting on Wednesday April 10th. at 8:15 PM edt. Would it be possible for you to join our discussion by speakerphone?


Name:Trese'
Email:tsforsberg@attbi.com
Location: Auburn, Wa USA
Date: Monday, March 25, 2002 at 08:10:13
Comments:

I will be choosing Pope Joan for our book club in May, and am very interested in having you on speakerphone for at least part of our time. We normally meet on Friday nights at 7pm. Our May meeting is scheduled for the evening of the 17th, but we are willing to change to accomodate your schedule. Am looking forward to reading your book and hearing from you. Trese'


Name: Frances Corr
Email:frances.corr@rtp.ppdi.com

Date: Monday, March 25, 2002 at 07:15:14
Comments:

Donna, On behalf of my book group, I would like to thank you again for joining us by speakerphone last week. It was by far the best meeting we have ever had!! When we see the advertisement for Pope Joan - the film, we will be there as a group! Good luck! Best regards, Frances Schoonover


Name: Jo Nelson
Email:BRXDR@aol.com
Location: Milwaukee, WI USA
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 15:20:26
Comments:

I read Pope Joan almost 3 years ago. It was a gift. Needless to say, I have been giving this gift over and over (my neighborhood bookstore always has one on hand for me). I cannot recommend this book enough and without exception everyone has been delighted! What a treat to hear the author on WPR and be able to understand why the book was written. Thank you for several hours of pleasant diversion. J. E. Nelson


Name: Elisabeth Kluge
Email:klugepresse@yahoo.de
Location: Leipzig, D Germany
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 03:52:47
Comments:

Dear Donna Cross, I am looking for Teresinha Gomez from Lisbon in Portugal -where she lives and how I can contact her. You told about her in the interview on this homepage. It's important for me, because we - the church editorial staff of the German TV station MDR in Leipzig in East Germany, would like to contact her. We would like to talk about women who lived as men - like Pope Joan in your book. Thank you very much for your help, Elisabeth Kluge MDR Church Editorial Staff Leipzig Germany


Name: Sue
Email:suesallee@hotmail.com

Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 at 22:26:51
Comments:

Ms. Cross - Our book club is reading "Pope Joan" and plan to meet to discuss it on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:30 Pacific. Would you be available to talk to us? We'd love to have the opportunity to spend a few minutes with you! Sue


Name: sharlene bellefeuille
Email:cherryblueberry2000@yahoo.com
Location: cumberland, wi usa
Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 at 12:49:51
Comments:

Thankyou,thankyou! I so loved your interview on Wisconsin public radio last night. I sitting in my car waiting for my son and you inspired me so. I think the best was your enthusiasm and pride in "Joan". I can't wait to read it and hope I won't be disappointed in the movie version. Continue on your quests!!


Name: Ursula Charaf
Email:ukcharaf@newnorth.net
Location: North Land O'Lakes, MI USA
Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 at 11:53:22
Comments:

Dear Donna, I heard you on public radio last night and I was fascinated. It came to my mind that many years ago as a high school student in (then) East Germany I read a multivolume novel by Emile Zola. In the part called 'Rome' be deals with the extensive intrigues at the Vatican. I recall that he describes that during the selection and installation of a new pope the presence of the male anatomy is being confirmed. The examiner exclaims "habet" (he has)if he finds what he was looking for. Zola is extremely critical of the goings on at the Vatican (at least in medieval times), but it strikes me that nothing needs to be confirmed that has not been found missing at some time. Do you know anything about this? I am looking forward to reading your book. Ursula Charaf


Name: patricia andresek
Email:patricia.andresek@us.fortis.com
Location: Milwaukee, WI USA
Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 at 09:53:39
Comments:

Loved the book, it was suggested at book club. I'm so excited that your novel is being considered for a movie. As always, I try to imagine actors and actresses for the various roles. No idea on this one, however. I really wish I tuned in to the NPR interview. Good luck to you and your writing. I do need to interject that I just finished The Red Tent by Diamant and found that also very intriguing. What we women had to go through to make a statement in the 21st century. Thank you for allowing me a bit of enjoyment in my life.


Name: Rod Edington
Email:quanhuma@nconnect.net
Location: Milwaukee, WI U. S. A.
Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 at 02:08:18
Comments:

Dear Donna Cross: To say the least I was quite interested in the content of the program on WPR involving you and Jean Feraca. It explains a lot about the past and suggests something about the present. To me one of the fascinating contradictions is your findings of the Church assiduously erasing evidence of her having existed. Your insights on the nature of the times is the kind of knowledge more of us need to understand the present. Looking Forward To Your Reply Rod Edington


Name: Chris Zylka
Email:cmlab@aol.com
Location: Hermantown, MN USA
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 18:39:22
Comments:

Read your book about a year ago and loved it. I couldn't bear to part with it, so bought another one to give to a friend, who also loved it. It's a fascinating story and your take on it is quite plausible.


Name: Susan Devine
Email:sdevine2@earthlink.net

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 18:12:34
Comments:

Donna, I am presenting Pope Joan to our book club on Wednesday, April 3, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Pacific time. Would it be possible for you to chat with us by speakerphone during that time? How would we set that up? Your book was one I couldn't put down. As a practicing Catholic, it was disturbing to read about the debauchery of the church at that time. Now I understand why it was called the dark ages. As a retired teacher and former principal, it was exciting to know the lengths Joan would go to become educated. Her logical thinking and ability to brilliantly argue each of her opinions was masterful, thanks to you. What a thought provoking book!


Name:David Gawlik
Email:dgawlik@wi.rr.com
Location: Mequon, WI USA
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 10:20:50
Comments:

Heard you on Wisconsin Public Radio with Jean Feraca today. As a married Catholic Priest with our small faith community in Nenno, Wisconsin. We honor you and raise you up in prayer. We look forward to the day that women in the Roman Church will have true equity. I was in tears as I listened to your interview because I taught so many talented young women at a local High School - so many to be priest, bishops, and popes - yet the door is closed. It is difficult to work with an institution that says it speaks in behalf of God and denies women the right to ministry. Be well and blessed in your work.


Name: Joan Wedell
Email:kwedell@uwc.edu
Location: Waukesha, WI USA
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 10:14:52
Comments:

I came across your book in the library a few years ago, read it, and LOVED it - had to go out and buy it! Pope Joan brings to mind another woman who was well-known in her time (17th century) for her intellectual brilliance - Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz of Mexico. At 14 years of age, her intelligence and learning outshone the most learned men of her time. She became a nun simply because, desiring only to study and increase her knowledge, there were no other options available to her. She recognized and fought the rampant misogyny of her day and was an author - almost like the Shakespeare of Mexico. I was wondering if you've heard of her, and also if writing a novel of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and her life would interest you. Thank you again for your wonderful book!


Name: Evelyn
Email:evelyn@athenet.net
Location: Hortonville, WI US
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 09:52:40
Comments:

Heard you on Wisconsin Public Radio with Jean Feracca today, and will be looking for your book. I've tried to find information about Pope Joan for many years and have always been disappointed in the available info, so I look forward to reading your version. Great show! Thanks...


Name: Kristin Randolph
Email:KristinandMike@aol.com
Location: Madison, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 15:54:52
Comments:

I would like to thank you for taking the time to call our bookclub in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 19th. When our group learned of your sudden trip to Germany we were disappointed as we were pretty sure you would not have time to call. It was a pleasure to hear you speak of your work and I truly believe you must have absorbed a lot of Pope Joan's spirit and determination during your research. Thanks for it sharing with us!


Name: s weeks
Email:sjwgo@yahoo.com

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 15:02:00
Comments:

Enjoyed the book very much. Couple questions about the historical context: 1. Reference to eating boiled corn (I thought corn was brought to Europe after Columbus???) 2. When was the Bendictine order formed? 3. When should expect the movie to be released? 4. do you have other books planned set in the Middle Ages? THANKS!


Name: Candy Pennetta
Email:cbcoreal@co.tds.net
Location: Hotchkiss, CO. USA
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 13:30:40
Comments:

The Wild Women of Crawford Book Club will anxiously await your reply regarding the possibility of a live conversation with you at our next meeting, March 27th 6:30-8:30 Mountain Time - With Thanks & Best Wishes From The Rocky Mtns...


Name: Rebecca Stone
Email:RebeccaStone@attbi.com
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 11:14:18
Comments:

Hi: Our Book Club is reading Pope Joan now... in preparation for our next meeting on April 11. I read somewhere that you are available for a speakerphone chat with interested Book Clubs. We are VERY interested!! Are you available to Chat with us on April 11 at 8 pm Pacific Time? Or some other day/time? And how would we do this? Thanks!!!!


Name: Rochelle Kelley
Email:rowa@carolina.rr.com
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Monday, March 18, 2002 at 20:37:58
Comments:

I am reviewing Pope Joan for my book club. We are interested in some biographical information about the author.


Name: Kristine S. Qualls
Email:ksqualls1@comcast.net
Location: Wilmington, DE USA
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 22:07:12
Comments:

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation by speakerphone tonight at our book clubs meeting (Fran Corr Schoonover). I will definitely pass on to others how much we liked your novel and how interesting and informative our live discussion was! Have a great trip and good luck with the movie. We'll all be looking forward to it! Sincerely, Kris Qualls


Name: Lisa Lewis
Email:4lewises@msn.com
Location: Needham, MA USA
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 20:05:32
Comments:

I know that's it's incredibly short notice, but if you were available to speak to my book group via speakerphone on Tuesday, March 19th, we would be most appreciative. If that date is too soon, we would love to make arrangements for another evening (in April). Please let me know because we are all in love..


Name: Michele Gatewood
Email:chelegate@aol.com
Location: Oklahoma City, OK USA
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 19:32:10
Comments:

Donna, we are anxiously awaiting your confirmation for March 28 @ 7:30 PM. Did you receive our previous e-mails or did they get lost in a web abyss? Now that I've finished the book, I know I'm in trouble with the Pope....but......this Catholic mother still is positively bubbling over with excitement at having you join us. I have lots of questions but have promised the others I wouldn't monopolize you. Being a part of a group does have its annoying downsides. Hope to hear from you soon, Michele


Name: Cathy Krupinski
Email:krupins@ecol.net
Location: Rice Lake, WI USA
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 18:29:37
Comments:

Hello Donna, We would love to have you join our group for a discussion. We are set for your book on friday April 12, 2002 at 7 pm central time. I hope this will work out. We look forward to hearing from you. Cathy


href="mailto:marionkleinberg@edinarealty.com">marionkleinberg@edinarealty.com

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 22:07:42
Comments:

Dear Donna, Without your address we cannot send flowers to thank you for visiting by speakerphone with our AAUW Book Club. So - instead we will each buy another copy of your book and enthusiastically give it to a friend. You were so kind to spend time with us and we loved every minute. What a woman!! Can't wait for the 17th Century. Best regards, Marion Kleinberg


Name: Klaus J. Birkner
Email:klausjbirkner@aol.com
Location: 13467 Berlin, Fed.Rep. of Germany
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 14:47:56
Comments:

Dear Miss Cross, just I've come to an end with POPE JOAN - a great book and many hours of wonderful reading. Thank you you for this good time. May I have a request? I would be so very glad and proud to get an original handwritten signed picture from yourself for my collection of signed pictures from famous authors from all around the globe. Please let me hope that I've not written in vain to you. Klaus J. Birkner Muehlenfeldstrasse 81 13467 Berlin Federal Republic of Germany


Name: Joann Fischer
Email:joannfischer@carolina.rr.com
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:37:54
Comments:

My copy of your book does not have the discussion guide or questions - can you forward them by e-mail? Thanks, Joann Fischer P.S. loved the book!!


Name: Susan Robbins
Email:srobbins@hnet.net
Location: West Bend, WI USA
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 14:31:33
Comments:

Hello. I'm a librarian in Wisconsin. Our book discussion group will be discussing Pope Joan next month. I mentioned that you might talk to us on speakerphone about your book, and I was wondering how much in advance we need to schedule you? Thanks much for your reply. The book is wonderful! Susan Robbins West Bend Community Memorial Library, West Bend, WI 53095


Name: Kathie
Email:kathiehoughton@hotmail.com
Location: Thornbury, Ont Canada
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 21:58:24
Comments:

Donna, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to our book group by speakerphone this evening. It was unanimous before the phone call that everyone loved the book; after the phone call, not only did we love the book but we loved the author!!! I hope we conveyed to you what a great contribution you have made through your book. We loved it, it was informative and it certainly provoked a lot of thought and discussion. Thank you again for your time. Kathie


Name: Jacob Ellsworth
Email:macsnake78@hotmail.com
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 13:05:22
Comments:

Donna was a great speaker and a wonderful interview. The book is great and I saw you speak in Bellingham Washington. Thanks a lot.


Name: Gisela
Email:ggssii@sms.at
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 10:51:56
Comments:

Dear Donna! I got to make a presentation about your book. And do you mind, if I ask you,if I can get some material about you? Thanks Yours, Gisela (Don´t mind my write style and errors! That´s not my language!)


Name: Christine Koebley
Email:koebley@stargate.ent
Location: Wexford, PA USA
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 20:53:27
Comments:

My book club is reviewing Pope Joan this Tuesday evening, March 12th. Can we get in touch with the author for a speakerphone chat?


Name: Susan Graham-Wood
Email:susierichardgw@hotmail.com
Location: Overton, Wrexham England U.K.
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 11:06:21
Comments:

My duaghter is having to make and design Pope Joan's costume for her GCSE Theatre Studies. Can you describe what she would have worn. We woold be extremely grateful as not having much luck finding out this information. Many thanks


Name: Grace
Email:JusGrace2U@aol.com
Location: Anthony, NM USA
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 21:05:56
Comments:

My European History Professor challenged my suggestion of Pope Joan. He asked me to write a extra credit paper on her life story. I drove down to the nearest Barnes and Noble and found your book. I'd appreciate anything extra you would like to add.


Name: Laura Hahn
Email:tohahn45@yahoo.com
Location: Columbus, IN USA
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 20:55:47
Comments:

I enjoyed your book so much that I recommended it to my book group and we are reviewing it THIS TUESDAY, March 12. I just found out about your offer to speak with book groups, and we would love it if we could talk with you at our meeting. Are you available at about 9:00 p.m. eastern time on March 12? Thanks and sorry for the short notice. Sincerely, Laura Hahn


Name: Yvette L. Ward, Psy.D.
Email:DrWard@n2ition.com
Location: Boise, ID USA
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 01:47:42
Comments:

Ms. Woolfolk Cross: Our reading group is devoting three sessions to Pope Joan and would like to invite you to a speakerphone discussion at our final session on April 9, 2002. Would you be able join us at 7:30 Mountain Standard Time on that evening? You may contact me at the above e-mail address or reach me by phone at 208-841-4818. With high hopes, Yvette Ward


Name: Chris Barker
Email:Rbarker21@attbi.com
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Friday, March 8, 2002 at 15:41:02
Comments:

Donna, Just a quick note to say thank you from my book club for treating us to a fun night out. We enjoyed your talk at Annie Bloom's books and enjoyed our fun conversations over drinks afterwards even more! We wish you the best and will continue to spread the word. Come back to Portland soon. Tell your PR person to check out Powell's bookstore. It is a great bookstore. Just wondering how many book club discussions do you join a month?


Name: Julie Adelman
Email:jma@harborside.com
Location: Seaside, OR USA
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2002 at 17:03:34
Comments:

Hello, Your book is the next selection of my book group. I would be interested in setting up a time for us to talk with you. We will be finished reading it by April 4. Thank you.


Name: Nancy Epping
Email:rnepps@wi.com
Location: Burlington, Wi USA
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2002 at 15:53:31
Comments:

I just started reading your book and I am throughly enjoying it. Could you please tell me who will be staring in the movie as Joan and when will it be released? Thank You . Now back to the book!!!


Name: Stefanie Kleinhenz
Email:rsk@satelitepictures.com
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 17:30:46
Comments:

Dear Donna, I read the german version of "Pope Joan" in 1998 and have not been able to get it out of my head since. It was a truly amazing journey. I have an enquiry that I would prefer not to have published on the website. Please advise how to best contact you with it. Kind Regards Stefanie


Name: Joan L. Pope
Email:RIRandolph6789@aol.com
Location: Vancouver, Wash. USA
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 14:54:27
Comments:

I hereby certify that my Joan who divorced A. Pope in the late 1970's is my best girlfriend. I'd marry her, but having a kid of mine being named Pope out of wedlock is too tempting.


Name: Lisa Lawson
Email:wloelawson@cs.com
Location: Suwanee, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at 16:19:45
Comments:

Awesome! Please write more like it!


Name:Cathy Young
Email:cathy@grouchy.com
Location: Portland, OR
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at 10:18:28
Comments:

Bravo! I just read an article about you and your book in The Oregonian (by Nancy Haught -- who always writes about interesting things). I love how you're connecting with your readers online. Ms. Haught mentioned that you may have hand-sold every single copy of your book. I think that's true, and -- frankly -- I think it's the best way for an author to make a book successful. I've been handselling books online since 1994 (www.grouchy.com/bookchef/experience.html). It works. It's good for everyone -- readers, authors, publishers, and schools/libraries. It helps make books come alive in community. So good on you. Now I'm heading off to find your book today. Sounds intriguing... All best, Cathy Young


Name: Susan Brown
Email:sun_dai.@netscape.com
Location: Chicago, Ilinois
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at 07:06:41
Comments:

Our reading group just finished discussing Pope Joan. In over three years of meetings, it's the only book our very diverse group of women has ever unanimously agreed upon. We all LOVED it! Thanks for a terrific read!


Name: Linda Conlee
Email:LConlee@walshconstructionco.com

Date: Monday, March 4, 2002 at 07:55:12
Comments:

Donna--Thank you for joining our reading group by speakerphone. My friends were so excited to learn that you were going to be calling - they thought I was kidding when I told them. Talking with you and hearing about your adventures and what you have learned was so interesting and inspiring. We're all eager for the movie release of course, and went home keen to pass the WORD about your book! Thank you again for lighting a spark for all of us last night. What a fun evening! Linda


Name: Carole Rybarczyk
Email:crybarcz@burlington.lib.wi.us
Location: Burlington, Wisconsin
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2002 at 17:57:15
Comments:

Donna, I just wanted to thank you again for your very spirited and informative visit with our reading group by speakerphone. We had 4 new members come and I'm sure from their comments they will be back. We had 5 from another library that "crashed" our group just to hear you and it was fun having new voices. We are all looking forward to next book and movie. Carole


Name: Clarissa Hoffmann
Email:unchangeable@uboot.com
Location: Pyrbaum, 90602 Germany
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2002 at 04:17:18
Comments:

Dear Mrs. Woolfolk Cross. In April I´ll have to hold a report about your book "Pope Joan". Unfortunately there are only a few massages about your person. I´m really looking forward hearing about you and get a lot of information!


Name: Nancy Whyte
Email:whytehouse@mymailstation.com
Location: Martinez, CA USA
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 16:11:46
Comments:

Book group is currently reading POPE JOAN and will discuss it on Monday, April 2. Where can we get more info on author's background, research into book, questions?


Name: Michele Gatewood
Email:chelegate@aol.com
Location: Oklahoma City, OK USA
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 14:22:50
Comments:

Ms. Woolfolk Cross, Our bookclub is very interested in having you join us via speakerphone at our next meeting when we will discuss your book, "Pope Joan." The meeting is set for Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. Our group is in its third year and this would represent the first time we have been joined by an author of one of our discussion books. I apologize for the short notice but I only recently discovered your book and this group of Catholic mothers can hardly wait to sink their teeth into it. Hopefully we won't be in trouble with the Pope! If this is impossible due to schedule conflicts we would do anything including mortgaging our firtborns to accommodate you. Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from you, Michele Gatewood and "the group"


Name: caroline frister
Email:mari_fri@hotmail.com
Location: Bad Wildungen, Hessen Germany
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 05:10:08
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I have read your novel "pope joan" and I think it is really great. Therefore, I want to make a report on it in my school. Please could you send me information about yourself and about the reasons why you have written the book? Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to your reply. Sincerely, caroline Frister


Name: Lynda East
Email:meemaalyn@yahoo.com
Location: Springfield, PA USA
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 00:56:28
Comments:

Ms. Cross, My book club has just chosen Pope Joan as our reading selection for July. We meet at Borders in Springfield, PA on the third Monday of each month, which would make our July discussion on the 15th. I am waiting to receive a message from the store manager confirming the availability of a speakerphone for our group. I am hoping that by initiating our discussion now, we can work out all the details in a timely manner. We usually have 25 to 30 members at each meeting, although the opportunity to chat in person with you will undoubtedly increase our numbers. Looking forward to your response and in gratitude for your offer. Yours, Lynda


Name: Frances Corr Schoonover
Email:Frances.Corr@RTP.PPDI.COM
Location: Wilmington, DE USA
Date: Friday, March 1, 2002 at 16:33:28
Comments:

Dear Ms. Woolfolk Cross, I recently learned from my sister-in-law that you joined her book club via phone. Since my club is currently reading (and enjoying)your book, at the suggestion of my sister-in-law, we would be thrilled if you could join us as well. I apologize for asking at such short notice, but our group meets Sunday, March 17th at 7:00PM. If this is not a convenient time, could you please provide dates that may work for you? We are very excited about the possibility of discussing your work with you. Thank you in advance for your reply. Best regards, Frances Corr


Name:Ulf R. "Ron Heller
Email:urheller@swbell.net
Location: Oklahoma City, OK USA
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 15:51:47
Comments:

Dear Donna: Thank you so much for speaking at the Oklahoma City Town Hall Meeting last week. I eagerly anticipated your talk and was not disappointed. After the presentation I decided to violate one of my reading axioms. As a rule I do not read books by women. I love women but I do not know what color "puce" is and I have trouble relating to some of the analogies women authors tend to use. I have made exceptions (for which I was well rewarded) for Barbara Tuchmann, and Kathleen Windsor. You can add Cecil Woodham-Smith to the list but I was unaware that she was a woman when I read "The Reason Why". I am sure that you and Pope Joan will fit in quite well with that crowd. I look forward to your next endeavor. Keep up the good work. (Please ladies, do not castigate me for my foolish prejudices as they are just a sign of a weak mind). Sincerely, Ron Heller


Name: Sarah Feldman
Email:raincity_sarah@hotmail.com
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 12:46:55
Comments:

Hello Ms. Cross. My bookclub would be very excited to have you join us by phone for a discussion of Pope Joan. At your convenience, please contact me to arrange a mutually agreeable time.


Name: Nancy Vondrak
Email:vondraknl@msn.com
Location: Sagamore Hills, OH USA
Date: Monday, February 25, 2002 at 13:27:32
Comments:

Dear Donna, Congratulations! Our book club has picked "Pope Joan" as one of our top six favorite book selections. Since we formed in 1997 we have read over 50 books. I am a freelance writer and recently wrote an article about our top 6 favorites. You can access it by clicking here: www.tbic.org/bookclub.htm. Thanks for a great book! Sincerely, Nancy Vondrak Freelance Writer


Name: Miranda Revels
Email:doubleb_03@hotmail.com
Location: Elroy, Wi. USA
Date: Monday, February 25, 2002 at 13:16:52
Comments:

This book that i have read was a great one to read,being only 17 years old and not seeing many young kids reading things like this these days.I find that it was just very insperational and I am thinking of writing one kind of like yours but not the same :) Obviously.Thank you and good luck in the future !


Name: Sue Halpain
Email:shalpain99@aol.com
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Date: Monday, February 25, 2002 at 10:34:45
Comments:

Ms. Cross, I was one of the many attendees at the Oklahoma City Town Lecture Series on February 21. Thank you for a most entertaining and enlightening presentation. You have such a talent for story telling and I can hardly wait to read this book. Sue Halpain (No need to respond.)


Name: Kathy Domzalski
Email:domz121@prodigy.net
Location: Sagamore Hills, OH USA
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 18:08:17
Comments:

Link to article about our book club. Your book was one of our top six favorite reads. Absolutely loved it. http://www.tbic.org/bookclub.htm


Name: Cathy Mousseau
Email:cathymousseau@worldnet.att.net
Location: Wheaton, IL USA
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 11:19:37
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, My book group is enjoying reading your very intriguing novel this month. We are meeting Thursday, February 28th at 7pm to discuss the book. It would be most exciting if you would be available for a question and answer period. Cathy Mousseau


Name: Cathy
Email:cathymousseau

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 11:17:02
Comments:


href="mailto:kcbais01@smumn.edu">kcbais01@smumn.edu
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 21:37:29
Comments:

Dear Mrs. Woolfolk Cross, I am reading your book Pope Joan and I have some questions. Are you Catholic? What are your views on marriage and men? The part in the book about Gudrun telling Joan to never get married portrays men and marriage as the worst thing you can get involved with. Are you married? Do your feelings resemble those of Gundrun in this matter? My brother gave me this book for Christmas and I was excited thinking it to be in support of the Church, but I am questioning that right now. These were just a few questions I had. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou for your time and good luck with future books! Sincerely, Kevin Baisley


Name: Julia
Email:Julia_Baule@t-online.de
Location: Ettlingen, BW Germany
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 15:40:09
Comments:

Dear Mrs Cross, I read pope Joan, well no I gobbled it up! (o: I would like to make a report on it in school, but for that I would like to get some aditional informations.... I would be so happy about your answer Thank you Julia


href="mailto:Srlasala@aol.com">Srlasala@aol.com
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 11:15:45
Comments:

Dear Donna: All the Book Club members join me in a huge thank you for chatting with us by speakerphone. We were so energized and delighted by you and by the book, and we all agreed that yesterday's meeting was our best ever! It was so obvious to us that you are a superb teacher and we wish we could be a "regular" in one of your classes. Please know the welcome mat is always out in Dallas for you, and if you should come for a lecture or even a book signing, you have an invitation to dinner, lunch, breakfast, drinks, or whatever works into your schedule. You have my number, and my e-mail address, and I would be thrilled to hear from you at any time. We were not only captivated by your generosity in sharing your thoughts and research findings with us, but also by your obvious love of people. There was a warm glow in the room when you finished speaking with us, and lots of happy rumblings for the remainder of our day. We await eagerly your next publication, and we are all committed to spreading the "word" to friends . Thank you again. Ginny LaSala


Name: Karen Coan
Email:karencoan@aol.com
Location: Glenview, IL USA
Date: Friday, February 22, 2002 at 19:34:07
Comments:

I just finished Pope Joan and I am still amazed. I can't stop thinking about this great story, and all the different aspects of it. Our book club will be discussing it on Wednesday, March 6 at about 7:00-10:00 CST and I just found your website with your very generous offer of a phone discussion. I know this isn't much notice, and you must be overwhelmed by all the requests, but I just had to give it a shot. This is one of the most satisfying and thought provoking books I have ever read.


Name: Barbara Braeuer
Email:joebaniusa@netscape.net
Location: Loveland, Ohio US
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 14:25:41
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, we would love if you could join our bookclub meeting over the speakerphone that takes place on March 1st 2002 from 9:30am to 11:30am Eastern Standard Time. I can imagine that you are very busy, nevertheless it would be so nice hearing from you! We all enjoyed your book so much and are looking forward to discuss it. Thank you so much. Barbara Braeuer


Name: Kathie Houghton
Email:kathiehoughton@hotmail.com
Location: Thornbury, Ont Canada
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 08:45:25
Comments:

Hello, our group is reading Pope Joan right now and will be discussing it at our next meeting on Wednesday March 13. Our meetings are usually from 7-9 pm EST. Would you be available for a speaker phone discussion sometime during that time period? I am the presenter for the meeting so I can prepare a suitable lead-in or provide any background you feel would be useful. I will provide phone numbers if you are available. Thank you Kathie Houghton


Name:Liz Archibald
Email:herbandliz@tds.net
Location: Medford, Wi USA
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 19:03:11
Comments:

Our group is meeting on March 4 to discuss your book and we would like to talk to you by speaker phone at about 3:45 pm CST, we meet at 3pm. Thank you Liz Archibald


Name:Andi Miller
Email:lriggs_1999@yahoo.com
Location: Caddo Mills, TX USA
Date: Monday, February 18, 2002 at 21:14:23
Comments:

Donna, I just wanted to thank you for taking time out to chat with one of the book groups I belong to (TheBookSpot). I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and further insight into Pope Joan. PJ is such an empowering book and I wish that all women (and men) would read it, because it truly makes each and every one of us realize just how lucky we are to have such wonderful freedoms, especially educational, in our daily lives. Congratulations on writing such an amazing book and thank you for further inspiring me to pursue my own writing. Pope Joan is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite books.


Name: Cami Harris
Email:iscamithere@juno.com
Location: Oregon City, OR USA
Date: Monday, February 18, 2002 at 12:22:49
Comments:

We have a medium size bookclub here in Oregon City, OR. I have just finished reading your book on my own and have strongly suggesting that my bookclub read it together. I found your book extremely interesting and one of my new favorite books. They have agreed to read it as our next selection. My mother-in-law's bookclub has just finished the book and she told me that you were contacted and called to participate in the bookclub discussion. I would love to have you do that for our group. She said it was so neat to talk to you. If we could set up a time and date, I would love it. Thank you, Cami


Name: Camilla
Email:tweety_bruden84@hotmail.com
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 11:22:48
Comments:

Hi Donna! I read Pope Joan, and it was one of the best books I´ve ever read. Now my problem is that i need information about you, where you where born, grew up, back ground ..etc. In school we have to present a book and just short about the writer. So a would be very glad if you could send me a email as soon as possible. Thank you! /Camilla


Name: Pruds
Email:prudswong@hotmail.com
Location: Folkestone, - UK
Date: Friday, February 15, 2002 at 16:54:57
Comments:

Dear donna, i have to say, "Pope Joan" is the best book i have ever read. i enjoyed reading it very much. are you planning to write another novel? i hope you do because you are an extremely good writer!


Name: Myrna Layman
Email:audubon@mediaone.net
Location: Jacksonville, FL USA
Date: Friday, February 15, 2002 at 16:26:15
Comments:

Donna, thanks again for visiting with us and speaking to our students at Sandalwood High School. They were captivated, as were Mary and I! I will treasure my signed copies of Pope Joan!! Myrna Layman, Media Specialist


Name: Robin Moloney
Email:larrymo@dellepro.com
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 12:11:46
Comments:

I read Pope Joan about 2 or 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have periodically checked the library and bookstore for the latest from you since then, but to no avail. I agree that historical fiction is a great thing to read - History was so boring to me in school, but when it comes alive with developed characters, it is so much more intriguing. So, my question is, what can we look forward to next? And also, are there any other books you recommend? I just finished the second book in "The Kingdom and the Crown" series by Gerald Lund. If you haven't checked these out, you might also enjoy them. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Name: Jennifer Lower
Email:JenLower@aol.com
Location: Glendale, AZ USA
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 22:31:27
Comments:

Ms. Cross: I am the pastor of a new church in Glendale, and I launch a women's group tomorrow at a local bookstore/coffee house -- your book is the first one we will discuss. It would be great to hear from you and share some additional info with the group. I'm not certain about arranging a chat room discussion with the group, but plan to mention it in the morning. Any further info you can share with me to relay would be fabulous. Thanks for the wonderful book!


Name: Nancy Yurek
Email:nbyurek@aol.com
Location: winnetka, il usa
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 20:37:24
Comments:

Thank you so much for "chatting" with our book group last night. It was one of our most memorable meetings ever!You really brought Pope Joan to life for us.


Name: Clata Raines
Email:rocnblumom@yahoo.com
Location: Webberville, MI
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 16:09:43
Comments:

Our book discussion group would be interested in speaking with you (by speakerphone)sometime, during our discussion time. We meet the third Tuesday of each month from 7pm to around 8pm. Would there be a month that this would be convenient for you? Thank you so much for your consideration. Clata Raines, Assistant Librarian, Webberville Branch Library


Name: Alison Duncan
Email:amduncan@bsc.edu
Location: Birmingham, AL USA
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 15:46:31
Comments:

Ms. Cross--My name is Alison Duncan and I was also a student at Baylor in Chattanooga, TN and met you when you came to speak per Madame Harris's request I believe in 1998, maybe 99. I ran into Mrs. Harris while at Baylor a couple of weeks ago and asked her about the "Pope Joan" movie and about your writing. I am now a junior at Birmingham-Southern College and recently re-read Pope Joan and fell in love with the novel all over again. I am currently in a writing for the Print Media Class and was hoping that it might be possible to arrange either an on the phone or via e-mail interview with you. We are supposed to write a feature piece before the end of the semester and I would love to work on a book review, interview with the author per se of you. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail. Looking forward to hearing from you and I am very impressed with the website. --Alison Duncan


Name: Zach White
Email:bigr204@aol.com
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 19:17:35
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I just wanted to say how much i enjoyed your book. I am a french 3 student at Baylor School. I picked this book to read for class mostly because I thought the test for the book would be easy. Little did I know that i would read one of my favorite books of all time. The story was amazing. I also thought the ending was spectacular. I would like to know what information you had to go on? How much history is there on Pope Joan, because it would seem that you only had a name to go on? Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed the book. Thank you.


Name:St. Rose Book Club
Email:Agnellusdei@aol.com
Location: Chicopee, MA USA
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2002 at 17:34:27
Comments:

Donna, Just wanted to say "thank you ...thank you ...thank you!" From our reading group I am asked to extend our sincere gratitude for your "gift of time" today. What a refreshing change from the ordinary book club meetings! The women were just non-stop chatterers after our speakerphone chat, having gained new insight into the background and beginnings of your work. Often times I have been engrossed in a book to be plagued with questions as to "why" or "how" or "what motivation" led to the writing so just imagine what a pleasure it was to have those questions answered as you say straight from the horses mouth. You truly have a gift for not only writing but for sharing of yourself with others. We are most grateful for your "presence" at our meeting. The members of the St. Rose Book Club ~ Chicopee


Name: Donna Denn
Email:diamondlightfoot@yahoo.com
Location: Dublin, TX USA
Date: Friday, February 8, 2002 at 22:27:17
Comments:

Hello! I just wanted to tell you I thought your book was (and of course still is) amazing! I read it all down in two days and loved every bit of it. The research you must have done is fascinating. Thanks for the great entertainment!


Name: Gamin Dobbie
Email:Gaminbeth1106@aol.com
Location: Gainesville, FL USA
Date: Friday, February 8, 2002 at 15:13:33
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I absolutely loved your book! We have chosen it for our October book club and would love to have your input! If this is possible please let me know. The date of our meeting is October 1st, Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm. Thank you so much for considering my request. Gamin Dobbie


Name: Angela LoTufo
Email:flbookclub@webtv.net
Location: Hobe Sound, Fl USA
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 17:32:31
Comments:

Hi Donna, We were in touch last spring when my book group discussed your book and had a great "chat' You are scheduled to be at our local Library 'Morgade' in Martin County on Feb. 28 @ 6:30 we will look forward to meeting you!


Name: Tami Bar Sela
Email:tami@lametayel.co.il
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 12:48:35
Comments:

Hi Ms. Cross, I study arthistory at the university of Tel Aviv, Israel, and fortunately, I "ran into your book" by chance. I never heard about Pope Joan before, and I was so moved and excited by your book, that I decided to look into it, research , and try to find out more and more about it. It astonished me that hundreds of years passed, but still Joan's story is so relevant, in more ways than one... Oddly enough(...!) I'm not able to find sources about her or the art she must have commissioned as pope,or about her being portrayed in art, though something tells me, she must have been.I'm not about to give up easily...If you have any idea as to sources that might help me to write this research, I'd be more than grateful to hear from you all about it. Thanks a lot, Tami


Name: Kim
Email:kim.hyatt@verizon.net
Location: Carrollton, TX USA
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 10:23:29
Comments:

A friend of mine in Rice Lake, WI told me about your book, which her book club will be reading soon. I just finished it, it is a great work! Your comments on what you hoped the book would achieve, certainly came across to me as I read the story. Although I had checked it out from the library, I will be purchasing it for my own.


Name: Victoria Bieber
Email:vicb@oz-online.net
Location: manhattan, ks. USA
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 13:14:56
Comments:

Dear Donna, I am languishing!! I really would love to write music for your movie. Do you need more music? Could I help you and those that work for you? I continue to give the book for gifts: birthday, Christmas, Valentines, and an other occasion that I can possible think of to get this book into peoples libraries. Have a terrific day. I am ordering more books today to have a stock-pile for Easter!!!! Again, I would love to write some music for Joan, the movie. She lives strong and passionately in Kansas. The best to you today- Victoria


Name: Terra
Email:terra453@yahoo.com
Location: London, ON Canada
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 06:31:04
Comments:

We will be reading Pope Joan in March and I will be leading the discussion at Canadian Readers (Yahoo Group). It was suggested that you may be willing to do a chat for us. I'm not sure how this is done, but would be more than happy to investigate further is indeed this is an option. Let me know what you think and thanks in advance. Terra


Name: Joan Ross
Email:jross@bendcable.com
Location: Bend, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 21:40:31
Comments:

Greetings from Central Oregon. Are you available for a phone chat with our book club next Tuesday February 12th? I realize this is short notice but I just learned of your willingness to do this and my group would be thrilled at the opportunity! It would mean an east coast call at about 10:30pm. Our group is fascinated with your book and has many valuable questions. Please let me know asap. We would be honored. Thank you. Joan Ross jross@bendcable.com


Name: Martha LaVallee
Email:LaVaM49@aol.com
Location: Windsor, NY
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 17:08:31
Comments:

Donna, thank you so much for the time you spent via speakerphone with the Sarabrae book group. It was not only a treat for us to make contact with you, but the conversation was fascinating. You have such a talent for communicating -- whether it is in your books or via phone, or I am sure in person. The strength and ability to deal with the reality of what happened in publishing your book are inspirational. Thank you for sharing that part of your journey with us, as well as the research and writing parts. Best of luck with the movie and with your new book. Sincerely, Martha LaVallee


Name: Linda Conlee
Email:lconlee@walshconstructionco.com
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 14:12:12
Comments:

Last minute request for interview.


Name:Carol Pirog
Email:agnellusdei@aol.com
Location: Chicopee , MA USA
Date: Monday, February 4, 2002 at 21:34:44
Comments:

I just found your site...amazing! Our February 9th (noon ET, USA) book club meeting will be discussing Pope Joan. Fascinating Book! It is rather short notice but would love to hear from you. We are a Catholic Parish...so as you might guess I got a little flak for suggesting your book....after a brief chat with the members..I am glad I did..they loved it. Can't wait for the discussion.


Name:Jill Prouty
Email:jillprouty@peachtree-city.org
Location: Peachtree City, GA USA
Date: Monday, February 4, 2002 at 19:39:54
Comments:

I am a librarian at the Peachtree City (GA) Library. Our book club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM. Our book for February is Pope Joan. I would love to set up a time where we could discuss the book with you via speakerphone...and it doesn't necessarily have to be during our normal meeting. We have a very lively group of ladies and I can't wait to hear what they have to say about Pope Joan!


Name: Mary Catherine O'Gorman
Email:mcog@telusplanet.net
Location: Calgary, Canada
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 11:56:14
Comments:

I am a member of a women's bookclub in Calgary, Alta. Canada. Our 'chapter' of eight women is one of six 'chapters' within a small community in the city. We have met on a monthly basis for about 12 years. I read your book, Pope Joan, many years ago and loved it! I recommended the book for our bookclub this year. In April we will meet to discuss Pope Joan. My sister is part of a totally different bookclub in Calgary. They read your book last year and arranged for you to discuss the book with them by speakerphone. She loved the evening and was very impressed with the format and the resulting dialogue. I would like to set up the same opportunity with you in April. We would like the 'meeting' to take place on Saturday April 20 at a time of your convenience. If this day is unavailable to you we would postpone the discussion for another month and arrange for it in May. We are very excited about the opportunity to include you in our discussion about your wonderful book. I look forward to hearing from you. Mary Catherine O'Gorman


Name:Wendy Andrews
Location: Martha's Vineyard, MA
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 11:50:37
Comments:

Hi Donna---we so appreciated your speakerphone call to our book group. It was a very lively discussion before and after your call. Thank you for making time in your busy schedule for us. Good luck with the movie. I can't wait to "drop" your name in a conversation when the movie comes out! Wendy Andrews Vineyard Haven Library Book Group Martha's Vineyard MA


Name: Jill Niehaus
Email:jniehaus@faradic.net
Location: Colt's Neck, NJ
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 11:41:48
Comments:

Thank you so much, Donna, for chatting with our reading group by speakerphone this past Sunday. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to your ideas and appreciated the opportunity to learn about the research you conducted in the process of writing "Pope Joan". The book was very thought-provoking as was our discussion. After we ended the phone call, we continued to talk Joan and what it must have been like for her. We also appreciated your honesty in the historical changes you made to create a readable tale. I have talked unceasingly about your novel and our chat to family and friends. Hopefully they will soon be accessing your website for a book chat of their own! We are looking forward to reading your next book. We understand it takes place in the 17th century... perhaps the pirate you refer to in one of your footnotes? We might have to buy this one in hardback. None of us will want to wait for the paperback edition!!!! Thanks again for your time and willingness to share your thoughts. We learned a lot and were well entertained in the process! With sincere appreciation, Jill, Debi, Beth, Jeanne, and Catherine


href="mailto:aslampert@earthlink.net">aslampert@earthlink.net
Location: Fort Polk, LA USA
Date: Friday, February 1, 2002 at 10:51:01
Comments:

Dear Ms. Woolfolk Cross, Thank you so very much for phoning our book group last night. What a wonderful time we had listening to you speak and discussing your book! Your book was one of the few that I could not put down until the end!! Thank you so much and I wait patiently for your next!!


Name: Laura Wendt
Email:LWendt3@aol.com
Location: Ft. Polk, LA USA
Date: Friday, February 1, 2002 at 10:38:21
Comments:

Dear Donna, You were wonderful to talk to last night. Thank you for chatting with our book group by speakerphone. If you ever give up writing (which I sincerely hope you don't even remotely consider) you really should go into public speaking. You're entertaining, insightful, intelligent and we agreed that we could listen to the sound of your voice for hours. Several of us stayed on after your call and discussed why there are so few "all men" book clubs. Most of us have boys and so we are toying with the idea of starting a kids book club for them. We decided that early intervention may be the key. This should be fun. We hope that one day they may end up discussing Pope Joan. Thank you for your list of favorite authors and books. I'm looking forward to delving into some more good historical fictions. Please add these to your web site when you redo it. Thank you again and good luck on your future endeavors. Laura


Name: sue schlough
Email:jimsue@ticon.net
Location: whitewater, wi usa
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 22:33:59
Comments:

Dear Donna Cross, If I were going to write a novel about a 17th century Parisian woman (the challenge you gave us Mon. evening, the 28th of January, 2002, at the Burlington book group), I'd choose Mme De Sevigne as her life struck me as so fascinating. Because of all the writings of hers that are still available, she'd be not only an easy research but also so fascinating a subject. We're hoping that she is your choice. It was wonderful to be a guest with 5 of our Whitewater Book Club members over at the Burlington reading group for your speakerphone phone chat with all of us. We had just finished reading PJ and were so glad to have the special opportunity to be with you. Sincerely a book lover, sue schlough


Name: Paul Gipp
Email:Gwyddion65@aol.com
Location: Buffalo, NY United States
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 16:22:27
Comments:

I definitely plan on reading your book, but perhaps you can answer a question of mine. I am an esoteric scholar and my chief area of focus is in regards to the Tarot. Although today card number #2 in the trumps of a standard Tarot pack is referred to as "The High Priestess", in earlier days it was refered to as the "Female Pope". I am certain that there is a connection here. Please respond as I am also writing a book on the Tarot and would like to cite you on this area if so. thank you Kindly, Paul E. Gipp


Name:Elaine Parras Kent
Email:ekent@cgate.net
Location: Granville, Ohio USA
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 08:54:31
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross - I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful book, Pope Joan. The last book that 'grabbed' me like this was Pillars of the Earth, which I have read 3 times. Our book group met last night and had a great discussion. I am looking forward to having my 3 daughters read this (12,10 &5 yrs now) I was thrilled to hear that this will become a movie and was trying to imagine the characters. Writing is a wonderful gift - thank you for sharing this with the world. I love reading about strong, intelligent women and am looking forward to your next book. Thank you again - and all the very best to you and yours. Sincerely, Elaine. P.S. I believe Joan was Pope.


Name: Brenda Kirkpatrick
Email:BLKirkpat@prodigy.net
Location: Granville, Ohio USA
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 21:26:59
Comments:

This is an excellent book. I chose Pope Joan for the Jan. book club(our meeting is Wed. Jan. 30). Everyone LOVES the book. I cannot wait for our discussion. Conversation will be lively. Thank you.


Name: Br

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 21:20:42
Comments:


Name: Heather Burtch
Email:burtches@pulsenet.com
Location: Canonsburg, PA USA
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 15:20:32
Comments:

Donna Cross -- My book group has recently chosen to read Pope Joan for our next book. It was recommended by another group as the best book they had read in the last 4 years -- since the group started. Everyone in the group liked it which is a rare thing. That group also enjoyed having a speakerphone conversation with you so I am hoping to set up the same thing for our group. Does it have to be a certain size group? Our group has 8-12 people. We meet on Wednesday mornings and the next meeting is February 20, 2002. I hope you are available. Thanks for this opportunity. Heather


Name:Kirby Waddell
Email:kirby_waddell@baylor.chattanooga.net
Location: chattanooga, TN USA
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 12:53:12
Comments:

I am a French 3 student at Baylor School. I had to read your book for my class. It is very interesting because it relates to a lot of the things that we are talking about in my bible study right now and some of the things that I read about in your book have also come up in my english class lately. I greatly enjoyed reading your book and I have recommended it to some of my friends. Thank You. ~Kirby


Name: Betsy Archibald
Email:barchibald@mcquaid.org
Location: Honeoye, NY USA
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 18:44:16
Comments:

Hi Donna- I met you at Bean's house then you spoke with my Honeoye Book Club. I was just wondering the status of the movie. The last I knew there was a conflict because of a TV mini-series. Did that get resolved and can we expect the movie sometime soon, I hope? Hope all is well and your next book is coming along - can't wait. Betsy Archibald


Name: rita coulam
Email:coulamhsi@aol.com
Location: englewood, co usa
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 22:11:20
Comments:

I am part of a Book Club and we have been meeting for the past four years,there are 12 members. We have chosen your book for our March 19th meeting. We meet at 7:00p.m. It would be an honor if you could join us that evening via speaker phone. Please let me know if this would work for you so I can plan accordingly.


href="mailto:GAILVIOLIN@aol.com">GAILVIOLIN@aol.com
Location: Viroqua, Wisconsin
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 10:53:59
Comments:

Donna, Thank you so much once again for joining us last evening. It was a thrill for the entire group. Everyone raved as they left last evening, and I'm sure THIS meeting will be considered the highlight of the Book Club for a long time to come. The only problem is now, they told me as they left, they expect the same level of excitement every time I host the club. I don't think I can follow this one with anything more, except possibly when I get my own book published. It was so interesting to hear you tell of all that went into making this such a special book. I was especially interested to hear how it had changed you. I think any writing is a process we grow with, but Pope Joan has obviously deeply affected your life. Good luck on your future projects. We are all eager to see Pope Joan on the big screen and to read your next book when it comes out. Thank you once again. I admire you greatly as a writer and this was an especially rewarding experience for me. Gail Shoemaker


Name: Brenda Hodgson
Email:hodgsona@prodigy.net
Location: Sioux Falls, SD US
Date: Friday, January 25, 2002 at 19:46:12
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross: My book group is meeting March 19, 2002, to discuss your book, Pope Joan. I am the leader for the discussion that day. If convenient for you, we would like to do an interview with you by speaker phone. Thank you very much for your consideration.


Name: Patricia Laukó
Email:mailtopatricia@gmx.de
Location: Saalburg, Germany
Date: Friday, January 25, 2002 at 09:16:04
Comments:

Dear Mrs. Cross, I´m an 18 year old girl from Germany. I´m attending the German "Gymnasium" and I will pass my exams in june. My advanced curses are German and English. In German I have to present a book. Therefor I have chosen your book "Pope Joan", because in my opinion it´s a really interesting and exciting book. I needed only a few days to read it. The book fascinated me very much and so I have decided to present it to my classmates. I want to make them understand, what the topic of the book is. In addition to this I also would like to give them some background information about the book, its author and the reason what made you write such a book. But I have got a serious problem. I could nowhere find anything about your biography. So I have got a request. Please send me some background information about you and the book. It´s very important for my A-level. I hope you will help me!!! Thank you very much. yours faithfully Patricia Laukó


Name: Manuela
Email:MkIPh@hotmail.com
Location: St. Veit, Austria Kärnten
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 13:45:16
Comments:

Dear Mr. Cross!! I'm 17 years old and from Austria. I read your book about Pope Joan and I was very fascinated. So I would make a presentation about you and your book in schol. But when i looked in the Internet there aren't any informations about yourself. And so I write to you, hopefully to get more informations about the brilliant writer who had written such a good book and I'm sorry that I write to you in such a bad English. I would learn it better!! Maybe I get an answer. With friendly greetings from Austria!! By


href="mailto:lbrosseau@regieintmunbibliopub.pierrefondsddo.qc.ca">lbrosseau@regieintmunbibliopub.pierrefondsddo.qc.ca
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 15:24:04
Comments:

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us by speakerphone last Thursday evening. Members of our "Literary Rendez-Vous" truly enjoyed the experience! We were fascinated to hear all about the script writing and look forward to seeing the movie. We are all curious about your next novel; trying to guess who your mystery lady is. We hope we can do another speakerphone chat with that novel! I wish you the best of luck in all your projects. Regards, Lise Brosseau Pierrefonds Dollard-des-Ormeaux Intermunicipal Library


Name: Victoria Breeden
Email:vbreeden@fredco-md.net
Location: Middletown, Maryland
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 14:29:43
Comments:

Dear Donna, One more question...do you have a fan club? ;o) After our speakerphone chat with our book reading group tonight, I think there are about 16 new members in Middletown, Maryland!!! You were wonderful. We had about 15 minutes to wrap up after saying goodbye to you and the general consensus was that not only was your book wonderful but so are you! We thoroughly enjoyed our discussion with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to call and chat with us. We've had some controversy over the choice of books we've read together as a group but everyone really, really enjoyed yours. It was nice to finally have a truly good one to discuss! Everyone was writing feverishly as you were naming books that would be worth reading. We're going to have some lists being passed around to make sure everyone has the complete list. Now, you need to get back to writing that next book of yours that we're all so anxious to read! Warmly, Victoria Breeden Library Associate Middletown Branch Library Frederick County Public Libraries


Name: Lauren Carter
Email:Mtngirl9238@aol.com
Location: Chattanooga, TN USA
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 18:31:49
Comments:

Dear Ms. Cross, I am a french 3 student from Baylor school and I would just like to tell you how much i enjoyed your book. At first I didn't think it would be that interesting, but after the first page, I was so into it I couldn't put it down. I finished it in about three days! My absolute favorite parts in the book were about Joan and Gerold. From the moment he took her in, I was secretly wishing that he would fall in love with her. I had to stop myself numerous times from flipping forward to see if they would eventually end up together. Did you add Gerold in just to make it interesting? Either way I completely loved his character! I've already started reading this book over, and i'm sure I will read it more than twice! I'm so glad that we're required to read French history books this year, because if we hadn't have been I would have never found this amazing book. I just wanted to compliment you on your extraordiary writing, and I was hoping that if you had written any other books you would tell me those titles. If you haven't written any other books, I really want to encourage you to think about maybe writing another one because I'd go buy it in a second! Thanks! -Lauren


href="mailto:avachon@prodigy.net">avachon@prodigy.net
Location: Troy, MI USA
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 15:08:53
Comments:

Donna: I loved your book. I found your style easy to read and so enjoyable. Pope Joan is our Book Club selection for January. If there is any way you could join us on January 8, 2002 at 7:30 pm EST we'd love to talk about your superb work. I can't wait for your next book. I hope it's another historical fiction. Sincerely, Anne Vachon


Name: Moshe Souroujon
Email:souroujon@clalit.org.il
Location: Jerusalem, Israel Israel
Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at 10:49:11
Comments:

Hi Donna, What a wonderful book you wrote. I have a question: Somewhere I read that in the end Joan was dragged by her horse to her death. In your book I didn't find this story. Is there any historical proof to it ? Thank you, Moshe


 

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