Pope Joan Guestbook Entries:  1999


Name: Mag. Christian Kriegelstein-Sternfeld
Location: Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria
Date: Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 12:38:03

Dear Mrs. Cross, this has been the most fascinating and interesting book I´ve read for a very, very long time. It was one of the books you can`t stop reading!(Of course - it was too short ;-) Since I stopped reading your book I am trying to find out more about the historic facts of Pope Joan this very fascinating women. I am even reading now the "Liber Pontificalis" - the lives of the Ninth-Century Popes to find out more about this women. Where did you find all the "facts" of this legend? How can I find out more about her? I know that finding facts will not be easy - that's for sure. But can you give me some hints where I can begin with my search? Thank you very much for your help - and Merry Christmas 1999 to you, Chris

Name: Margaret Fiore

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 12:18:14

Dear Donna Cross, I enjoyed your book enormously. It sucked me right in - I identified strongly with Joan, and suspect most readers would do so equally easily. I could barely put it down until I had finished. Not only did all the developments and situations "feel" genuine, your writing was also clear and clean. You put the reader right into the story. Talk about suspension of disbelief! You did a beautiful job. And let Rhodes and Durrel and all the rest argue and reason and research themselves to death!! Who the censored cares just how much proof which side can generate! It is still a wonderful legend. And all legends, I believe, have some connection to reality. Good luck with all future endeavors. Marge Fiore

Name: Moritz Schmid-Drechsler
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: Monday, December 20, 1999 at 08:36:05

Nice to meet you. I´m a pupil, 15 years old and I live in Munich. I read Pope Joan and I find it´s a thrilling book. So I chosed it as a subject for a lecture I had to make until 10th of January 2000. I have to report about the book but also about the authoress. But in Germany I can´t find informations. Can you help me and send some details about Donna W. Cross? It would be great. Thank you very much! Moritz (99-12-20)

Name: Peg Carfi
North Carolina
Date: Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 16:14:24

Hi Donna, Just a quick note to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our speakerphone chat with you. The ladies in our bookclub are still talking about it, and it has raised curiosity from others who are interested in hearing about the book and our telephone conversation. Thanks again for taking the time to chat with us, . We'll be watching for your next book! Sincerely, Peg Carfi

Name: Joyce Wright
Location: Dallas, Texas,
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 11:26:20

What a delightful education you provided for the members of the Dallas Women's Club as you shared with us your seeming "personal acquaintance" with Pope Joan, gleaned from the amazing extent and quality of your research. My telephone has rung off the wall with rave reviews of your time with us: words like "so so knowledgeable," and "held us in rapt attention", and "a brilliant woman and delightful speaker" and "fresh and new and thought-provoking," and "please bring her back again soon." So, you see, Donna, you made a profound impression on your audience. We will not soon forget all of the information that you shared with such authority. I know many who will be buying your book in order to fill in some of the blanks. Thank you again for bringing your talent and your joy to the Dallas Women's Club. it was indeed our great pleasure to have you.

Name: Helena Sparling
Location: Dallas, Texas,
Date: Monday, November 29, 1999 at 11:22:49

The Dallas Women's Club is honored to have had you as our speaker. Every day this week I have run into someone who is still talking about your presentation and how much they enjoyed it. I understand that all the bookstores in our part of town have sold out of your book. I have several friends who are waiting for copies for themselves or to give as a gift (great news!) It truly was a fun time. We thank you for your hours of research and hard work to bring such an important story to light.

Name: Michelle Doodian

Date: Monday, November 29, 1999 at 08:26:27

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for phoning our book reading group and chatting by speakerphone. We all enjoyed it so much--it was by far the best discussion we ever had in our five years of meeting. After you hung up we all spontaneously started clapping! Good luck with the movie and all future projects. Sincerely, Michele

Name: Terry and Les Femmes Book Club
Location: Spring Lake, MI USA
Date: Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 14:12:29

Bonjour Donna !! C'est moi encore. Ca va bien? I was hoping to connect with you and confirm our book club date as 12/10/1999 at 7:00 EST. We are all looking forward to you joining us. It will make our holiday gathering complete to discuss your incredible work. Please let me know if we are still on. Merci! Terry

Name: Isobel Blythe
Date: Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 08:02:41

I am soon to return to the UK and will purchase the book there - I haven't seen it in the Middle East. I first heard of Pope Joan in the early '80's at University and I think the first mention of her was in a book called the "First Sex" - I hoped to do my MA dissertation and had to give up this idea because of lack of sources - can you help me as I'd love to reasearch the subject - PLEASE Isobel

Name: Georganna Ekpo
Location: St. Louis, MO USA
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 at 20:08:45

I first learned of Pope Joan by reading a required play by Caryl Churchill for a college class. I was so facinated by the idea of a women posing as a man and rising to the position of Pope that I decided to research further and do a creative project on Pope Joan. I bought your book online but I have not recieved it yet. I was wondering what were your most helpful sources in researching for your book. The creative project I'm working on a short (two page)fictional account of Pope Joan's life. I am also interested in hearing a little more about the facts of her story. Thanks for bringing attention to an amazing woman who the church attempts to sweep under the rug.

Name: Lana Thompson
Location: Boca Raton, Fl USA
Date: Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 05:03:37

Dear Donna, I'm so glad that I was able to hear you talk about Pope Joan. Thank you for keeping me company for that frantic ride to Delray Beach. Joan has come alive for me. The parts I like best are the medicinal herb parts, the diagnosis of gout, and the last minute things that save her from getting written out of the story. I hope we can talk again. My time is now my own (other than work). The great thing about fiction is that you don't have to waste a bunch of time making certain your citations match a format. Thanks for coming to Boca...and I look forward to hearing about Hollywood. Sincerely, Lana Thompson (The Wandering Womb)

Name: meg bogosian
Date: Friday, November 19, 1999 at 21:34:51

Dear Donna, We met at the f-m Old/Newcomers club luncheon on Thurs. I bought 6 books and am still looking for the hard cover edition. (God will provide.) I have only read 30 pages and already want to kill (or at least castrate) the Canon. Your words, written and oral, still ring in my ears and stick in my throat. You have such a special gift of language and its emphasis. (If you can impress me you should be impressed.) Congratulations on your upcoming movie. Thank God you are doing the screenplay. Who else would treat it with care and courage? Thanks for the invaluable contribution to my life. Love Meg.

Name: Mary Jane Barth
Location: Whispering Pines, NC usa
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 21:13:22

Pope Joan was one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. I also wanted to thank you for calling our book club group tonight in Whispering Pines, NC. It was such a pleasant experience. And such a wonderful thing for you to do. It made this the absolutely best book club meeting I have attended thus far. Best wishes as you continue your screen writing experience. I know it must be terribly exciting for you--and such an honor. Best wishes to you as you complete this effort and continue in your writing. Thanks again for the time you spent with us on the telephone.

Name: Jacqueline
Location: Clay, NY
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 18:57:44

I am a fifteen year old girl. My grandmother was the one who got me to read the book. At first I thought this book was not for me, but when I got deeper into the book I realized it was a terrific story of a young girl who overcomes many obstacles. I feel that Joan is a great role model for any young girl.

Name: Patricia Timinski
Location: St. Louis, MO USA
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 12:13:13

Our long-standing book club "Bookworms" will be reviewing Pope Joan on Friday the 19th. I enjoyed your book immensely and I had some personal questions that I think would benefit out discussion: 1. Are you a Catholic 2. Are you still teaching English? Where? Thanks for the reply in advance.

Name: Alice Gridley
Location: Boca Raton, FL USA
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 15:27:48

What a delightful speaker you are, Donna. People who heard you last Friday have been mighty busy telling friends - I've had countless great comments (the only complaints have been from those who missed it). We were all delighted with your charm and wit; I could not believe the book sales; the books were flying out of here. Thanks for your graciousness in patiently signing them. If you get a chance, let me know how your trip to Hollywood went - I'm alicegridley@worldnet.att.net

Name: Sana Faheem
Location: Manlius, N.Y. U.S.
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 13:12:36

I have read this book, but as a school assignment. but once i started this book, i couldn't put it down. and in two weeks i have finished this book. I really felt bad about how the women were treated in the dark ages, beinga teenage girl myself. I am really glad that you brought such a topic up. Thankyou.

Name: Bob Cadwell
Date: Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 04:49:31

Hi Donna Woolfolk Cross, A note of thanks for your talk to us Nov. 12, '99, at the Unitarian Fellowship.... I *loved* your book, which I read many months ago. Never forget it. I may reread it again, something I hardly ever do. One thought that came to mind, during your speech here, when you mentioned erasure of Joan's name from her statue. That's on your web site too I notice: 'Joan's statue stood undisputed alongside those of other Popes in the Cathedral of Siena until 1601, when, by command of Pope Clement XIII, it suddenly "metamorphosed" into a bust of Pope Zacharias.' If I had been alive and doing the erasure, which for many reasons would have been less likely than Joan becoming Pope, I would have replaced her name, tongue in cheek, with Pope Lazarus. Thanks much again and no need to reply, Cheers! Bob

Name: Dorothy L. Irwin
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1999 at 18:58:22

I firmly believe in this novel.Pope Joan now serves to expose the truth to those young woman who sorely need heroines in this day and age. You have created a place in history for Pope Joan. Accolades to you Donna. Additionally, you have quenched a thirst for countless young woman and girls to know that with perservance, patience and knowledge, anything is possible. How wonderful if "Pope Joan" were the very instrument that returned "Pope Joan" not only to her rightful place in the Catholic Church, but, more importantly, her rightful place in history. You have, in esscence, rewritten history! I have just purchased four new books to share with my granddaughters and daughter. Bless you. We patiently await the movie but nothing will ever replace the written word. Thank you for enriching the lives of my family.

Name: Terri Wilson
Location: Corona, CA USA
Date: Friday, November 5, 1999 at 21:23:45

I am a librarian of a high school and your book came in a group I even forgot I had ordered. I finsihed it in three days. O focurse the paperwork on my desk is about two feet high. I've told so many people about it I actually have set up my first waiting list. I loved it.

Name:Sally Nuerenberg
Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Date: Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 18:54:48

Our Book group is meeting Wed. Mar. 1, 2000 to discuss your book and wondered whether we could set up a conversation either by phone or computer with you. Please answer back as to your availability for that date. I loved the book and persuaded my group to read it.

Name: Lauretta Russell
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 14:47:59

Donna, I just wanted to thank you on behalf of myself and our book club for the wonderful chatwe had by speakerphone we had last night. Everyone enjoyed the evening immensely. We also wrote down all the books and authors you recommended and I'm sure we'll be reading one of them in the coming months. Best of luck with your new novel and also on the screenplay for the movie. I can't wait to see it. Again, many thanks. Lauretta Russell

Name: Jessica Burkhart
Location: Jechtingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany
Date: Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 12:12:10

Pope Joan is one of the most intersting book. I read it in 3 weeks. I think every woman should read it because it shows the said difference between female and male.

Name: Marie Sviergula
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 22:29:03

I am hoping that you can help me. I'm an undergrad student writing a paper on Pope Joan and hoe she is one of the many female figures that Christian teaching somehow forgot. I am having the worst time finding sources, especially on Joan. If you could give me any help at all I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

Name: Olamy Guy
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 14:47:19

Donna, Your book is great. I left University and Medieval Studies 10 years ago and your book just brings everything back in a clear and intersting way. When is the next book coming out ?????

Name:Pierre Gyselinck
Location: Kruishoutem, Belgium
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 07:02:07

Is it a legend, is it the truth, who will tell ? Anyhow, Donna, it is a smashing novel !

Name: Erin Gibson
Location: San Diego, Ca USA
Date: Monday, November 1, 1999 at 11:40:41

Donna, Pope Joan was such a wonderful book. I've passed in on to other to read. I hope the movie it true to your original story and I hope you are currently working on more historical/fiction novels. Have you considered writing about Queen Bodicea of Britian? I'll definitely be a loyal reader from here on out! Erin

Name: robert
Location: yonkers, N.Y. USA
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 at 17:15:38

I'd like to know more about the upcoming move. Are you happy with the director and casting? How about locations. Is there going to be enough time to tell this story in a two hour feature or are they doing it as a mini series for TV?

Location: RTP, NC USA
Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 13:07:39

It saddens me that Pope Joan was practically erased from history due to her gender. It makes me wonder who else was erased historically- for all we know maybe Mary Magdalene was an apostle of Christ (as in Katherine Neville's book The Magic Circle) and that fact was erased as well. Thanks for the wonderful read-- Please please keep writing- I would love to read more of your works....

Name: Mary Feeney
Location: Prior Lake, MN
Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 10:25:30

Dear Donna, Many thanks for your delightful and insightful contributions to our book group via speakerphone on Tuesday 10/26. It was one of the most focused discussions we've ever had. We were all impressed with your warmth and humor, not to mention your determination to "paddle your own canoe." Your articulate comments added to our appreciation of a novel we greatly enjoyed. We'll all be looking forward to the movie and your next book.

Name: Martha C Frazier
Location: Gamaliel, AR USA
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 16:45:46

As are many others, I belong to a book discussion club and we have selected this book to read and discuss. Can't believe that I've just heard of it, but I'm looking forward to reading it.

Name: Rachelle Ramsey
Location: West Milton, ohio usa
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 16:24:28

My book discussion is reading Pope Joan and will discuss it soon. Thanks for giving us a fascinating read! Rachelle

Name: jane scott
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 09:54:59

Donna-- Thanks for a wonderful evening. Everyone had a great time. We all so much enjoyed our speakerphone chat with you. Many women now want to read the authors you suggested. :) Best of luck with your new book. We will email again when we have a guess for you about who the heroine is! Jane Scott

Name: Angela Prestigiacomo
Location: Schenectady, NY
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 09:44:39

Dear Donna, Thanks so much for coming to speak at SCCC. Just want to reiterate how well received your presentation was. Our President and his wife and our Dean of Academic Affairs were in the audience as well as 4 or 5 from the State Education Department. I am hearing great feedback from all who attended and even thanks for taking the initiative to bring someone with all your talents to campus. All those who came left "enriched and inspired". Keep in touch - I look forward to the movie and will be watching for the new book. Angela

Name: Lorna Hunter
Location: Burntisland, Fife Scotland
Date: Saturday, October 23, 1999 at 04:43:54

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pope Joan. I have come across a reference to her existence before somewhere so it was great to read an interpretation of how her life might have been. Thanks for a great and interesting read.

Name: kamla kasichainula
Location: raleigh, nc usa
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 at 09:27:12

Pope joan was possible one of the best books i've read in school. I'm ususally not into historical fiction, but Pope Joan was a book that really got me interested in how life was back then. I have also never gotten a chance to meet the author of a book i really enjoyed, and i would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to our little school. This is a book i'll definetly reccomend to friends.

Name:jeremy freifeld
Location: cary, nc USA
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 at 08:46:52

Thank you so much much for allowing us to speak to you about Pope Joan. I really enjoyed reading the novel and am looking foward to seeing your movie. Also, since I liked Pope Joan so much, I can't wait to read your next book that takes place in 17th century France. Thanks Again Jeremy Freifeld

Name: Katy

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 17:51:22

Dear Ms. Cross, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cary Academy and speaking about your novel. I signed up to eat lunch with you not knowing anything about Pope Joan, simply because I am seriously considering becoming an author sometime. Not wanting to appear ignorant about the novel, I asked my mother to buy it for me so that I could at least get a feel for the type of writing. I got the novel on Friday and could not put it down. I stayed up late into the night and did not stop reading to eat or drink. The assembly and lunch were wonderful-- I found it intriguing. Thank you, and thank you for coming to our school.

Name: Ryan Cotter
Location: Raleigh, NC. USA
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 13:41:35

Ms. Cross, I just wanted to thank you for giving our school and Literature classes the opportunity to ask you about your book. I think it was a gracious thing for you to do. It helped us to better understand the novel. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Name: Megan Barnhill
Location: cary, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 13:10:46

Mrs. Cross- Thank you so much for coming to speak to our literature classes. It's rare that I find a historical book that I have trouble putting down, but Joan's story fascinated me. It's a beautiful story and it was vividly written- I've always loved writing myself, and I hope to achieve all of the things that you have (writing novels, a screenplay, etc.). Thanks again!

Name: Allen Davis
Location: Smithfield, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 13:03:50

Hi Ms. Cross, I'm from Cary Academy. I want to thank you for coming to our school and speaking to us. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think it's a great thing that you are making a movie out of it. I'll be sure to see it.

Name:Marguerite Pileggi
Location: Schenectady, NY US
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 12:02:09

I'm sure you read the NY Times Mag. section of Oct.17 and saw the artice on St Ignatius of Loyola. It states "... he allowed a woman - Princess Juana of Austria - to become a secret Jesuit, under the code name of Matteo Sanchez." The author of the article is Mary Gordon. Semms you're right about cross-dressing being common in religious history. But, the Jesuits? Wow - that makes one pause.

Name: Kyle Heath
Location: Cary, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 07:39:36

Dear Mrs. Cross, Cary Academy greatly appreciates the time you gave to let us know more about what went in to making your novel. Your great attitude and mirth charmed us all, and I think I can vouch for the whole school when I say that I can't wait until this next novel comes out! You really seem untainted by your "rise to stardom!" It was absolutely wonderful experience to be able to talk with a famous writer whose book I had just spent many a late night reading. I hope that you can find time to visit us again, possibly to discuss this upcoming novel. I'm looking forward to it! Sincerely, Kyle Heath

Name: Terry Donnelly
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 13:47:21

Thank you again, Donna, for calling our reading group last night. Your generous donation of time and energy (it was much later where YOU were than where WE were!) was greatly appreciated by all. You were warm and congenial, and made us all feel immediately comfortable. Besides your obvious skill as an author, you are also a gifted speaker and story teller. My daughter and Connie's daughter (both 11) sat silently and listened with great interest to the discussion, and agreed you are "very cool!" which is high praise indeed. I will certainly be buying "Pope Joan" for my friends this Christmas, and encouraging others to read your fascinating novel. We're looking foward to your next work as well as the movie!


Date: Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 21:18:12

Dear Professor Cross, I heard of Pope Joan and immediately tried to locate it. It was sold out in most of the bookstores I called, but the day I got my hands on it, I read it cover to cover nonstop in five hours. After reading it, i have a few questions, if you don't mind. I understand that you must be very busy, so if you do not have time to answer, that's fine, but what religion are you? Where did you do all your research for your novel? In your interview in the back of the book, it says that writing is hard - how do you get over writer's block? How did you start your novel? Thank you very much!! Again, I absolutely adored Pope Joan. It was a fascinating story that I could not put down and will reread many times. kyta, 16

Name: Deborah L. Black
Location: Virginia Beach, VA United States
Date: Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 09:02:58

Wonderful book, I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Name: Michele Doodian

Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 11:24:48

We had the opportunity to hear you speak at SCCC the other night. You were wonderful! We read POPE JOAN for our October book club. Would you be available to do a speaker phone conference on October 25th from 7:30-8:30? We so enjoyed your talk and the book as well. You have opened my eyes to the savegry of the Dark Ages. Your research was well done and the book well-written. Thank you for your efforts! Sincerely, Michele Doodian

Name:Natalie Andre
Location: Boca Raton, FL USA
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 07:29:04

Ms. Cross, I am the president of our local chapter of NOW, and we are looking forward to your presentation in our neighborhood on November 12th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton. We are wondering if you might have some time to visit with members of our chapter. I read your book and loved it; it struck a chord with a number of our members. --Natalie Andre

Name: Peggy Carfi
Location: Whispering Pines, NC
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 15:06:41

I thoroughly enjoyed reading POPE JOAN. Last month you spoke to one book club here and I missed that meeting. I recommended POPE JOAN to a second book club here in the village and we would love to chat with you about the book. Are you available Tuesday night, October 19 at 7:45 p.m.? If not, perhaps we can try for next month's meeting on November 16, also at 7:45 p.m.

Name: Sabrina Reynolds
Location: Irving, TX USA
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at 21:21:35

Thank You. It was a true pleasure reading your book. I have recommended Pope Joan to many people and have loaned my own copy to be passed around. I can't wait until I get it back to read it again.

Name: Jonathan Midwood
Location: Kingston, ON Canada
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 at 21:29:55

I am a grade 11 student from Kingston Ontario and in my Women's Studies coarse I am looking at Pope Joan and other women who changed their sexual appearence in order to take on a role that was predominantely male. I have had some difficulties in finding information on Pope Joan so any information that you may be able to give would be much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my request. Sincerly Jonathan Midwood

Name: David Tripp
Location: los angeles, ca usa
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 at 17:02:59

Ms Cross. Would it be possible to have some comment on how your work has been received by feminist scholars of religion and history? I know the field of women in religion has produced an extraordinary amount of quality work, and I've been curious to discover the response to your historical novel. To date my search has been in vain, any assistance you could provide would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Name: Dave Harrington
Location: Hickory, NC
Date: Friday, October 8, 1999 at 17:35:11

Donna, congrats on your success!! Great Read! I was one of your students at OCC.... Nice to know that there is someone about whom I can say; "I knew her when"....

Name: L. Arnault
Location: Syracuse, N.Y. U.S.
Date: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 20:28:35

My institution would like to explore the possibility of bringing you to campus during Women's History Month (March) to talk about your book. Would you do me the favor of contacting me or sending me the information I need to get in contact with you about this matter? Thank you very much.

Name: Wendy Mok
Date: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 12:27:15

Just a thought... You must know about the slight reference of Pope Joan in "Top Girls", a play by Caryl Churchill. What's your opinion of it's use there?

Name: Lauretta Russell
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 20:48:20

Our book group will be reading your book, Pope Joan for our November 2nd meeting. We were hoping you could be available to chat with us. If this date is not convenient, please let me know as we can easily change it. Thank you so much! Lauretta Russell

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 11:41:22

Dear Donna, What a wonderfully stimulating and enjoyable event! After our book group said good-bye, there was much praise for your skill with this kind of speakerphone interaction. I am sorry we didn't always identify ourselves (that was mostly my fault) as we should have. Thank you for the input and excitement which you provided! (There is obviously lots of curiosity in our group!) Talking with you and learning about your goals, background, experience, opinions, and interests intensifies the impact of the book (even though the book makes a strong impact on its own!) Best wishes, Valerie Harvey

Name: Kathy Stella
Location: Wausau, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 11:30:32

Thank you so much for the effort, research, and love which you put into this historical novel. You have given a gift of great value to all who read it. May you continue to write and investigate so that others may grow.

Name: Brenda Brummel
Date: Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 11:03:28

Dear Donna, On behalf of our book group, I want to thank you for your phone call on Tuesday night. We all agreed that it was the highlight of this group's existence. I have only been a member of this group for a little over two years, but some of the women have been in the group for many years. We appreciated your willingness to not only answer all of our questions, but the depth with which you answered them. In the discussion that followed I would say that the motivation for your writing the book drew the most comments. Most of us have daughters and have also been trying to instill within them the unmitigated use of their intellect. We anxiously await the movie of Pope Joan! Thanks again. Brenda Brummel

Name: Dianna Wilmoth
Location: Miami, OK USA
Date: Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 09:46:11

I wanted to write again to tell you how much our book club enjoyed talking to you last night. After our phone chat, the other members and I (and our fearless leader, Jane) could not stop talking about how wonderful you were! After speaking to you, you left no doubt in our minds that you are a gifted storyteller. Thank you thank you thank you one hundred times over!!!! Oh, and don't forget to let that actress know we need her in the movie--beg and plead to her on our behalf!!!! Can't wait until your next novel. We'll be thinking up some ideas on who it will be about!

Name: angel-luis dominguez
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 04:51:36

Excuse my english. I started reading last Friday and ended las saturday. Historic or non, that's the same. The book is impressive, absorbent. I will recomend all my firends. It's like a recreation of an special atmosphere. Thank's a lot

Name: Elizabeth Swank
Location: Libertyville, IL USA
Date: Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 18:02:59

Our book group at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church will be discussing Pope Joan Monday evening, September 28th. I really enjoyed the historical context of the book. I wans wondering if anyone ever put together a time-line pinpointing the events of Joan's life in a broader historical context? The brief chronology in the back of the book was helpful, but I would be interested to see her life against a larger European background. Thank you for being so helpful to groups such as ours.

Name: Tammy Klemens
Location: Wyomssing, PA USA
Date: Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 16:03:20

I just finished reading Pope Joan for a second time and I enjoyed it as much as the first. You did a wonderful job of weaving a story using actual history, suspense, romance, some humor, and to top it off, a strong, educated, female lead. I have been and will continue to recommend Pope Joan to all my friends. I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future. Thank you for sharing your gift with us :-)

Name: Peg Cleveland
Location: Wallkill, NY 12589
Date: Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 19:34:05

Our "OPEN BOOK GROUP" will be discussing Pope Joan on Oct. 29 (Fri.)Please contact me by email with any further information that would be helpful for the discussion. I really enjoyed the book. I had hoped to see you when you were at Orange County Community College but was unable to come that day.Thanks for any help you can give us.

Name: Sarah Cutler-Purvis
Date: Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 12:08:44

Dear Ms. Cross, I am a member of the book group that you spoke with on Monday and I would like to thank you for making the time to visit with us by speakerphone. I know that you were exhausted and it was late, but you were friendly and accessible and the experience made for a real 'book group highlight.' Thank you. I think that 'Pope Joan' is a fabulous book, probably the best I have read in a very long time. In fact, I am almost finished reading it for a second time and I very rarely re-read books. I will recommend it to friends (but not loan my copy!). A few may even receive it as a gift. Thank you for writing it and thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Sarah Cutler-Purvis

Name: Debbie Rugani
Location: Irvine, CA USA
Date: Friday, September 24, 1999 at 11:05:26

Our book group will be discussing Pope Joan on Thursday, October 21, from 7-9 p.m. PST. We would love to include you in our discussion, if possible. Thank you for your willingness to "meet" with reading groups. it is quite an extraordinary gesture. Congratulations on a wonderful book.

Name: Brenda Brummel
Location: Brighton, MI USA
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 15:03:47

I am to lead the discussion on your book at an AAUW book group meeting next Tuesday evening (Sept. 28). If possible, we would love to contact you, if you could let me know the logistics of doing that. I realize this is very late, so we coupld possibly arrange it for a future date. Also, is there somewhere else on the internet to research some of the historical data. I loved the book, and it has been the topic of discussion at several dinners. Thanks for a great "read". Brenda Brummel

Name: Susan M. Bartle
Location: North Collinsq, NY
Date: Monday, September 20, 1999 at 22:25:00

September 20, 1999 Dear Ms.Cross: A Gem of An Evening - Authors Time to Shine New York Libraries Take Center Stage It is with great enthusiasm that I send this letter to you. This Fall the New York Library Association (NYLA) will bring over 1000 attendees to its annual conference in Buffalo, New York. This conference will take place from Wednesday, October 27th through Saturday, October 30th. In conjunction with this conference the Library Association sponsors an annual event called the Vitality Fund Event. Monies raised form this event support the mission and operation of professional Library activities throughout the Library Community in New York State. This year's event will feature a Celebrity Auction on Thursday, October 28th. An estimated 500 will attend this event. I am asking that you consider donating an autographed book to attract the attendees generous bids. I hope you can show your support for literacy and library programs in our state. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am the local coordinator of this event and can be reached at the address and numbers listed below. All correspondence should be directed to me. Thank you for your time and cooperation. Sincerely yours, Susan M. Bartle Library Media Specialist North Collins Jr./Sr. High School 716-337-0273 (Home) PO Box 546 - 2018 Center St. 716-337-0101 Ext. 318 (Work) North Collins, NY 14111-0546 716-337-3457 (Fax) email: mbartle@compuserve.com

Name: Joely Hathon
Location: Auburn, WA USA
Date: Monday, September 20, 1999 at 12:27:34

thank you for your work. it has beena small battle in my family over the possibility of a female pope. i believe that it shows that women can lead parish's. I am curious about the shrine in italy at the sight of her death. is there anything else that can be done to assist letting more peolple know where it is and getting her listed as a papal leader? thank you again.

Name: Valerie Harvey
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 10:14:44

The WOMANSPIRIT Group of First Unitarian Church, Pittsburgh, has selected Pope Joan for reading and discussion over the next meetings. This group meets Tuesday nights at the Church (7:30 pm) every other week. The first Pope Joan discussion will be Tuesday, September 21. We would like to arrange a discussion with the author.

Name: Terry Donnelly
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 1999 at 12:47:23

Our reading group will be discussing Pope Joan on Monday, October 18. We begin at 7:30 pm Pacific time. If you could participate in our discussion (email and speakerphone are available at my home) it would add so much to our experience! Please reply at your convenience, and thank you for considering my request.

Name: Donald L Singer
Location: Redlands, Calif. USA
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 19:15:30

Dear Professor Cross: Your book makes very clear that many, many men were both angry at and jealous of Joan for her learning and kindnesses and for the very act of being an educated person when women were thought of as lesser creatures. And, of course, she was murdered when it was discovered that she was not only posing as a man but had reached the very highest level of power posssible in the Church. One would like to think that the concept of killing a woman posing as a man would be something that would be far removed from the cusp of the 21st century and could be thought of as happening only in the "unelightened" days of the so-called "Dark Ages." That this is not the case was brought home to me when I read a fascintating article in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times for Sunday, Sept. 12, l999. The article, titled "When Looks Can Kill" tells of the making of the film called "Boys Don't Cry, by a first-time director named Kimberly Pierce. It is the true story of a young lady named Teen Brandon who was killed by two men in the last days of l993 because she had posed as a man. I found the article both fascinating and chilling and it reminded me of the travails of Pope Joan as she attempted to make her way in the halls of power in the ninth century. always fearing that her secret would be let out and thus endanger her life and work. You can now add Ms. Brandon to the list of women killed because of her gender by males who were outraged that a woman would do such a thing. That which was done in the ninth century is still done as we reach the 21st century

Name:Kelly Morr
Location: Denver, Co USA
Date: Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 17:24:27

Dear Ms. Cross, I first found out about Pope Joan in one of my mother's reader's guides. I decided to find out more about her and have since read your book, which I found extremely enjoyable. I am a junior in an accademically rigorous program called I.B. (international baccalaureate) in which we are requied to study a subject in depth and write an essay on it. I am concidering Pope Joan as my subject and am wondering if you could send me any bibliographical information as to where to begin my search. I would be extremely grateful if you would respond either way. Thanks Again ~Kelly Morr

Name: Rosemarie Benack

Date: Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 07:29:16

Donna, Word of our very successful first bookgroup meeting is buzzing around this neighborhood of ours. Everyone in the group was energized by this first experience-- and you certainly played a big part in its success! On behalf of the entire group, I want to thank you. Having access to the "horse's mouth" added a dimension to our discussion that we never could have achieved on our own. I even told my 2 1/2 yr old about our group! Never too youg to let him know that such things exist. He actually sits by himself with books, flips through the pages, and "reads". It is a sight to see! Best of luck to you! I look forward to reading your next novel, and the group plans to go see "Pope Joan: the Movie" together. Thanks again for everything. Rosemarie

Name: debbie k. webb

Date: Friday, September 10, 1999 at 14:28:20

dear Ms. Cross, I just finished your book Pope Joan and loved it. As a librarian, I will be recommending it to students, staff, and faculty at Orange Coast College. And, of course, to all of my book-loving friends. After I read the novel, I did do some research into Pope Joan; I always say one good book always leads to another. I wish you all the best with your writing. When will your next novel on 17th century France come out?!!

Name: judy taylor
Location: perth, wa australia
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at 04:53:44

I've just finished Peter Stanford's 'Pope Joan' and I now look forward to reading your fictional account - gaps and silences filled in - I'm suggesting it for our neighbourhood bookclub. Great subject - good luck with sales judy

Name: Penny Linsenmayer
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: Thursday, September 2, 1999 at 07:50:05

Donna: I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much my Book Club enjoyed our speakerphone discussion. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your chat with us!!! We were thrilled to get a chance to actually ask questions of the author. We were also quite excited to get some advance scoop on the upcoming movie. Congratulations again on selling the movie rights and on obtaining a larger-than-normal role in the screenplay. We are definitely looking forward to seeing the final product! Being a budding author myself, I also personally very much enjoyed hearing about your writing process, your dealings with your publisher, the difficulties with the cover & lack of maps -- all of this was very insightful for me. I have already told 2 other book clubs about your chat with us. Thanks so much again for taking the time to have such an in-depth discussion with us -- we all really enjoyed visiting with you. Penny Linsenmayer (Houston Book Club)

Name: ing

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 at 10:56:00

I came across a German translation of your book "Die Päpstin this summer. It was a great read. I have since read Peter Stanford's book and you did a fine job in weaving weaving what little is known into a great historical novel

Name:Alyce McPartland
Location: Greenville, SC USA
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 13:17:51

Last evening I was at my local book store scanning the new book releases and I came across your novel. I picked it up, read the back and was sold.. Well, I'm in the 5th chapter and can't put it down. This is a a remarkable story and whether true or not has all the elements that I find interesting (history, female strengths, family conflicts, etc.). After reading through some of the commentary on this page and throughout this site, I have found out there will be movie, and another novel soon to be completed. Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece and once I finish it my 18,16,and 15 year old girls want a peek at it. I look forward to the movie, (and I hope you are writing the screenplay) and any other novels you produce. Oh- did I mention that this family is Catholic??? What stirring debate this novel will make at the dinner table this weekend (everyone will be home then). Keep up the good work!! knew I had something about it

Name: Jim C
Location: Syracuse, NY US
Date: Monday, August 30, 1999 at 07:45:34

Thank you Donna for an outstanding piece of work. I borrowed my mother's-in-law copy and read it on my vacation. She probably already told you how much I enjoyed it. I am a very selective reader who enjoys a book that keeps you craving for more, from beginning to end. It was excellently written where I was able to envision myself there. Keep up the good work. I am waiting patiently to meet you and your husband, since I've heard so many wonderful things. Tell your dad I said hi!

Name: Despina
Location: Richmond, CA USA
Date: Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 23:50:46

My 16 year old daughter and I have been reading your wonderful book at the same time. It has been a gift for us to share this experience together. I am a second generation Greek-American woman, and was raised by a mother who was pulled out of school in the 6th grade to help raise her 5 brothers. The boys were sent to college; my mother never returned to school. She made it her passion, however, to make education the highest priority for her daughter. In doing this, she gave me my life as I know it. I am forever grateful to her, and women like her, whose determination and inspiration enable the next generation of women to travel further along the path of freedom and dignity. I am not only moved by the story of Pope Joan, I am also moved by YOUR story - that you would spend so much of your time, energy, and talent to give the world a heroine worthy of our respect and memory. I thank you, my mother thanks you, and my daughters thank you, for lighting that path of progress for all of our sakes - women and men alike.

Name: Jane Dagenhart
Location: Hickory, NC
Date: Friday, August 27, 1999 at 10:53:27

Dear Donna, Thankyou so much for the speakerphone call to our book club. Your book was a bit of a change for us and not what we expected. This was a good thing, as we all want a book to touch us in some way and Joan certainly did. Also you brought a new dimension to our discussion of the book. If only more authors were willing to put themselves on the block, as it were. The only thing that would have made it better, would have been to also share our meal with you! Good luck or should I say may you be blessed with the words for many more books.

Name: Lev D. Zilbermints
Location: Newark, NJ USA
Date: Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 20:42:52

I read, while an undergraduate student at Bloomfield College, a 1954 book on Pope Joan by Royidis -- it was translation of the French one you read. I am convinced Pope Joan did exist and the Church is doing everything to cover it up. What year (approximately) is the first manuscript that mentions her is dated? Could there be some unknown materials on Pope Joan secreted in the Vatican Archives and library?

Name:Jane Harrington
Location: Miami, OK US
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 17:13:02

Our book club will be discussing Pope Joan this month. I would love to schedule a follow-up conversation for the group at next month's meeting, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. CST. Please contact me if your schedule will allow a phone call at this or an alternate time. Thanks! Jane J. Harrington's Book Company 31 N. Main Miami, OK 74354 918-540-0468

Name: Don Berger
Location: Cary, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 09:15:46

Donna, When one of our 10th grade teachers told me she was teaching Pope Joan in her English class this year (World Lit. II), I thought I would drop you an email to inquire after you and Emily. I have heard bits and pieces about Emily at Haverford, mostly that she was doing very well and was planning on Vet schhool upon graduation. I do hope these positive comments were indeed the case. I continue to Head Cary Academy and enjoy it a great deal. We just began our 3rd year, have 566 students, and will graduate our first senior class in Spring, 2000. Even better, I am back in the classroom, teaching a section of junior English. It has been 3 years since I taught students and I went through a serious case of teaching withdrawal. Write back if you have a chance. Best wishes, Don Berger

Name: Gail
Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 14:12:41

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking your time late last Thursday to call our book reading group (at your expense) and to have such a fun speakerphone conversation. We all (seven) thought it was the best Book Club meeting ever. I felt like you are another good friend, you are so friendly! (You must have been a Texan in another life!). Most of us are in other book clubs, and I can guarantee we will be spreading the word about your "Pope Joan"! All the best, Gail

Name: Stephanie Williams
Location: New Orleans, La USA
Date: Monday, August 23, 1999 at 21:41:04

My name is Stephanie. I had been hearing so much about this book. I even saw something about this on the HISTORY channel. What was so thirlling to me is to hear about a woman disguising herself as a man. I have heard of men in history doing this ( as a woman). I had heard legends about Joan. But wasn't sure if they were true or not. I was raised a strict catholic. And was even in the seminary ( I was a lifer...high school and college). The Church has been known over the years to "change history" for the betterment of christians or to deny something that was not to the Churches' liking. I have traveled a long road and still on it. If the Church would come clean with things such as this or just let the legends be told maybe young girls would have someone or something to look toward and let them know you aren't alone. I think It is a wonderful book and look forward to finishing it. Thanks so much for writing it. Peace Stephanie

Name: Terry Banfich
Location: Durham, NC
Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 at 22:59:37

Donna- Last time we talked you were heading out of the Barnes and Noble in Durham, NC and rushing off to do the rewrites in time for the film deal. Have been thinking about Pope Joan lately so decided to check out the web page again. Glad to see that the film is in production. I know you had your hopes for a certain actress or two that would be great as Joan, any hints? Would love to talk and catch up, still have your signed B&N poster,wonder about your next book, you were onto an idea when last we talked. ??? Hope to hear from you -

Name: Pat Valle
Location: Shoreline, WA USA
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 at 12:35:01

Hello Ms. Cross. My book group will be reading "Pope Joan" this month. Our group meets on Monday, September 20. We begin our discussion at about 8 pm PST. Is there any chance that you would be able to join us via phone? If not, perhaps we can put together some questions for you to answer for us prior to our meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and am looking forward to reading it again. It is definitely one that I plan on buying for my personal library instead of borrowing from our local library. Thank you for you time.

Name: Dianna Wilmoth
Location: Miami, OK USA
Date: Monday, August 16, 1999 at 09:43:02

When my book club assigned this novel I was very disappointed. I read contemporary fiction, not historical or classic literature. But...I wanted to go ahead and read it so I could join in the discussion with the rest of our members. BOY! Am I glad I did! I have never been so sur- prised by this novel. I was just too sure I would hate it, that it would bore me to tears. I was WRONG! This has to be one of my favorite books to date and I read a lot of books. Just want to say thank you, Ms. Cross, for this wonderful story (hope the legend is true!). I will defin- itely read your next book. When will it come out? Also, when will the movie be out? I'll be first in line!

Name: Casey Floyd
Date: Sunday, August 15, 1999 at 19:11:13

Ms. Cross, I simply had to come and make a few comments about the wonderful novel that you have written. I am only half-way through the novel (My mother (I'm 17) bought it yesterday, and she hasn't even barely had a chance to look at it yet!), and I'm totally engrossed in it. I find it a fascinating delve into the history of the Catholic church, but what intrigues me the most is how you managed to make the ninth century seem so alive, and yet keep the book from being boring (and it most certainly is NOT boring, many of us will tell you that!). I think I was hooked by, oh . . .page eight, or so!Excellent novel. And then, when I thought it couldn't get any better, I checked the back of the book, and, lo and behold, I find out that your NEXT book will be about 17th century France, which just happens to be my favorite time period and country of study! When will this book be coming out? Thank you.

Name: Michele Sutton
Location: Dade City, FL USA
Date: Saturday, August 14, 1999 at 08:51:46

Pope Joan is our first book choice in our newly formed book club. We are a group of 12 to 15 women, ages 30 - 60 living in rual Florida. The book was selected by one member who has already read it. I have just ordered copies for all other members from Amazon. We will be discussing it in late September at our next meeting. All of us are excited about the book and I will be happy to report back our comments once our group has reconvined

Name: Lynda Day

Date: Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 04:15:38

Thank-you so much for your novel that has reminded us all that we are all capable of achieving whatever we want and that nothing can stand in our way. The restrictions placed on us by friends, family and societies are only excuses to prevent us from having to work to our full potential. Pope Joan is an inspiration to us all fiction or non-fiction (although in my heart I hope she is real). As a history student I was interested in any advice you had on where to start to gain more information. I am currently debating with my lecturer her existence and am looking for more fuel for the fight. Once again, thank-you.

Name: Alison Buchbinder
Location: Suwanee, Ga U.S.A.
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 16:45:37

Dear Ms. Cross, I enjoyed your book so much. I love historical fiction and you made Joan seem so alive and vibrant! She is the epitome of girl power in the darkest of ages. When will the movie be released and who will play Joan? You will need a talented actress to capture the essence of her character like you did in your book. Do you know of any other books about her, hopefully a biography about her with documents from the Vatican? I just really wanted to say thanks for a wonderful book that captured my imagination. I look forward to your next one

Name: R. M. Martins
Location: Toronto, On. Canada
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 13:13:53

Pope Joan is the best novel written this decade! I spend a lot of time reading novels, and determining their film potential for Dark Attic Entertainment here in Canada, and Pope Joan was the most intriguing, fascinating, and powerful novel I've read in the last ten years. I loved every beautiful page of it. Bravo, Mrs. Cross! I was a little dissapointed to discover that the rights to this great novel have been purchased and are no longer available, but if anyone can take Pope Joan from the page to the screen and still retain the soul of this great book, it's Harry Ufland. Good Luck with everything! I am eagerly anticipating your next novel. R. M. Martins Dark Attic Entertainment Toronto, Ont. Canada

Name: Penny Linsenmayer
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 11:42:25

Ms. Cross: My book club is reading Pope Joan this month. Our discussion meeting is set for Wednesday, August 25, 1999. We can schedule the discussion for anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. (Central). Any chance you could join in our discussions? If not, perhaps we can set up an alternate chat time. Thanks so much! I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing from you.

Name: Donald L. Singer
Location: Redlands, Calif.
Date: Thursday, August 5, 1999 at 23:32:46

Dear Professor Cross: My field of teaching was history (albeit it was United States History and not that of the Early Middle Ages) and I was most impressed by your knowledge of the culture and life-styles (not to mention the type of armor worn by soldiers) of both the common men and women of that era and the elite. In addtion to the historical accuracy, you have a wonderful ability to tell a ripplng good stoy and I found it hard to put down your book once I had picked it up. (If history books were written in the dramatic style in which you wrote your book students of all ages would not dread taking history courses. I bought your book as a result of reading a short review of it in the Los Angeles Times (in the Sunday Bookm Review section) a couple of years ago and decided to re-read it again this week. I became interested in it after checking out a book from our local public library by an Englishman (whose name I have unfortunately forgotten) who recently wrote about the historiography of Pope Joan. His book was interesting but,obviously not nearly as fascinating as your novel. Needless to say, count me in as a fan who will scoop up any future efforts of yours. Sincerely, Donald L. Singer

Name: Janice Pullen
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 at 00:05:00

Dear Donna: It has been over a week since my book club's July 21st speakerphone chat with you, and I still can't stop talking about it! I enjoyed it so much, that all of our meetings in the future will surely seem very dull! Thank you so much for all of your time (the hour flew by!) and I especially appreciate your late evening participation in our Pacific Time meeting! Your book was a joy to read; I really couldn't get enough and just hated it when I was forced to put it down. And now that I have the added depth of your perspective and interpretations...it is truly a book that I will treasure, reread, and share with all my friends. Thank you for your willingness to share yourself so openly with us. You have enriched us greatly. Best regards, Janice

Name: Donna Torvi
Location: Groveland, MA USA
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 21:56:39

Donna, I loved your book, it has left me spellbound. There are so many aspects of it that won't leave my thoughts. You really wove a wonderful story to communicate all your research. Upon the subject of religion: I found Joan's religious beliefs very 20th century and quite akin to my own. Brought up a Catholic myself, I believe Joan is a religious radical in any era. Have you had any feedback from the Catholic population that this portrayal of 9th century Catholicism is offensive? I shall be sharing this book with many friends. Thank you. Donna

Name: Gail Arnold
Location: Incline Village, NV USA
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 21:18:19

I am hosting our Incliner Book Club on Thursday, August 19, 1999, in my home at 7 p.m. (1) Would you and your husband be able to come, as my guests? (2) If, you cannot come, can we set up an online chat for that time? (3) Please consider coming, it is beautiful here in Lake Tahoe in August. Sincerely, Gail Arnold

Name: Anne Patrick
Location: Catawba Valley,
Date: Sunday, July 25, 1999 at 22:01:20

Dear Donna: The Newcomers of Catawba Valley Book Club is still buzzing about our delightful speakerphone chat with you. How can we ever thank you enough? We had twelve women there and we all simply raved about how easy it was to talk to you. Your answers were all so genuine and honest. Not at all preachy or prepared. One of our members (who was one of the only ones there who had not read the book) vowed to me that never again would she neglect to read the monthly selection. She enjoyed herself so much, but admitted that she would have preferred to have been better prepared (although she did come up with several questions :) Jane and I were just so pleased to be able to share the time with you and our group. I am sorry for my scratchy voice (I had to actually leave the room a couple of times to cough out of range :)) We are VERY excited about the prospect of seeing Pope Joan as a movie. Even with your own screenplay, it will not be the same as the book. But we will enjoy it nonetheless. Again, THANK you for the terrific opportunity of speaking with you. We will tell other local book groups of our experience :) Fondly, Anne Patrick

Name:Judy Brunkal
Location: Woodburn, OR USA
Date: Friday, July 23, 1999 at 12:22:47

Dear Ms Cross, Our Book Discussion group meets on the third Monday of the month from Sept. through June. We would like to have your book, Pope Joan be our selection for the month of March 2000 (Women's History Month!) Would you be available to talk to us by phone? We could choose March 20 or the 27 at 10:15 a.m. PST. Let me know if either date would work for you. Yours truly, Judy Brunkal

Name: Rebecca Mendez
Location: Portland, OR
Date: Friday, July 23, 1999 at 08:08:13

Dear Donna, What a wondrrous experience. I just wanted you to know (first thing this morning) what great enjoyment we all had from our speakerphone chat. The book is wonderful and we all agree that your "straight from the horse's mouth" comments brought such dimension and perspective that would never have been without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (A thank you for each of your three viewpoints!) Glad to hear of the movie -- hope it is cast well and directed well too. Be sure we will pass on to others our love of Pope Joan and the joy of discussing it with you! Regards, Rebecca

Name: Brandie Langer
Date: Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 22:04:30

Pope Joan is an amazing novel. My husband was amazed when I finished it in just one day! It is easy to read this book and identify with Joan, and it is easy to believe that she really existed. I have just learned of the controversy surrounding Pope Joan in another book I read a few weeks ago. The funny thing was that this book was written in the middle ages in order to disprove common myths; the myth of Pope Joan was one of them. My curiousity was sparked as to whether or not such a women existed, but I really didn't persue it. Imagine my surprise when I saw your novel sitting on a library shelf as a recommended read for the month. Now my curiousity and imagination are sparked and I want to know more about Joan's life. Thanks for the great book and all the information you included!! Brandie Langer

Name: Eileen Poulos
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Date: Friday, July 16, 1999 at 17:58:06

Donna, Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with our book reading group by speakerphone. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to ask you questions and learn about the thoughts behind the story. Also, to hear about the process from book to screenplay was very interesting. We all were impressed with the depth of your knowledge of the lives and circumstances of people in the 9th century, your success as an author, approach to marketing the book, and especially your wit and humor. I wish you continued success with your work in progress and look forward to seeing Pope Joan, the movie. Sincerely, Eileen Poulos

Name: Emily Sprague
Location: Watertown, NY
Date: Friday, July 16, 1999 at 10:46:11

Dear Donna- Thank you for helping make our July meeting the best one The Book Ladies have had yet :-) ! We are still smiling and replaying the marvelous speakerphone conversation of July 8th in our heads. What a thrill it was for all of us to speak in person with an author whose work we so admired; thank you for being so gracious and responsive. Even though we had a lovely long chat, we all felt as if there was much more to talk about... one question that came to me is about your characterization. Do your characters take on "a life of their own" and evolve as you write or are they fully realized in your head before you ever write? They were very vivid and fully drawn, where do they come from? Are some of them modelled after actual characters/people that you know? Again, thank you very much for the chat; we can't wait to tell the other "older" book club in town about our most recent meeting. We can't wait to read your next one. Do you have title yet? All the best, Emily

Name: Heidi Gleason

Date: Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 08:00:02

Hi Donna, Thanks so much for talking with my book group by speakerphonet. It was so wonderful to hear what you had to say. My mother is going to suggest the book for her group - as well as the talk with you. And she and my dad bought the book and they loved it too. Continued good luck with Pope Joan (we look forward to the movie) and with your upcoming book. Heidi Gleason

Name: Terry Donahue Cousins
Location: Spring Lake, MI USA
Date: Friday, July 9, 1999 at 23:15:15

I recently read Pope Joan and thouroughly enjoyed the experience. It was my first visit to the 9th century...thank you very much. Tonight I presented the book title to my book club, Les Femmes, and it will be one of our upcoming selections. We are excited about having you join us in the discussion. Please let us know the possibilities.

Name: Carolyn Lindeman
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 1999 at 13:01:30

I am actually looking for the print of the front cover, La Papessa Giovanna. The inside pub. information gives copyright to Cesare D'Onofrio. Is he the artist? Who can I contact to obtain a print?

Name: Vicki Pettersson
Location: Henderson, Nv. USA
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 15:22:28

Dear Donna, It is rare to find a book set in the 9th century, I know because I'm writing my first novel set in 9th century Anglo-Saxon England. I'm impressed by your detailed research when accounts are so scant, especially re. the Church. I've had a hard time pinning down _who really believed what_...and how it affected everyday life. Can you share which sources were most helpful in discovering this? Also, is the passing of time (ie. Aranmanoth, Heilagmanoth, ect.) accorded to the Roman Calendar? Finally, how did you hold tight daily to your vision through seven years of research and writing? I look forward to your next masterpiece set in 17th c. France. Sincerely, Vicki

Name: Jane Scott
Location: Akron, OH USA
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 17:23:27

Dear Donna: What an interesting and facinating book. My book discussion group can't wait to read it. So if you could possibly join us on September 22, 6:30 p.m., by speaker phone, I know my group would love talking with you. If this is an inconvient day or time, other arrangements can be made. I look forward to hearing from you. Jane Scott Librarian East Branch Library Akron-Summit County Public Library

Name: Quim Madrenas
Location: London, ON Canada
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 16:36:14

I read your book and Royidis' book. The story is fascinating, and the research you put into it is excellent. A joyful reading experience. One question: has anyone tried to explore whether Pope Joan was a female affected by an androgen-producing ovarian tumor ? This could explain a lot of things in your book. These tumors are rare. They cause clear signs of virilization, and result in sexual ambiguity, even deepening voice and male pattern balding (as you mention in your book).

Name:Anne Patrick
Location: Conover, NC US
Date: Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 09:03:40

Dear Ms. Cross: Our Newcomers Book Club has chosen Pope Joan as our July selection. I read the book last month and enjoyed it very much. Quite a change of pace from our usual novels. We are meeting on Tuesday July 13 at 6pmET locally for a shared salad supper and book discussion. Any chance that you would be able to talk for a few moments that evening? Thanks for the book and the webpage.

Name: pamela lee huxhold
Location: indpls, in
Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 at 19:37:35

How does one arrange to have a speaker phone discussion? I am almost thru the book.

Name: Simon Richardson
Location: Canterbury, Kent UK
Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 at 08:46:04

I really enjoyed reading this book, since I was already interested in the story of Pope Joan. It was entirely gripping, which isn't necessarily always the case with historical novels. I was just wondering how much research you had to put into the book, and how much was fact etc.

Name: Mary Feeney
Location: Prior Lake, MN
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at 23:14:07

Dear Donna, At our suburban Mpls. book club's recent planning session, one member suggested "Pope Joan" based on a "Chinaberry Books Catalog Review." I like to check Amazon reader reactions as well and thus hooked up to your site. I am really impressed by how hard you are working to promote your book in ingenious ways. The web and book clubs promote great word-of-mouth advertising. We will definitely contact you about speaking with our group once we set a date for your novel. More power to you! Mary

Name: Rebecca Mendez
Location: Portland, OR
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at 10:44:05

Donna, Our newly formed group has chosen Pope Joan as our next book. We are hoping to have you join our discussion to help bring our group to the next level. We have set our meeting for July 21 at 6:30pm, Pacific time. Is there any chance of having you by phone -- even if just for a little while? I realize July is very soon, and apologize for the short notice. Thanks for considering this and being so available! Regards, Rebecca Mendez

Name: Brian Vanicek
Location: Temple, TX USA
Date: Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 22:28:17

Donna, I just finished your book. Thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly illuminating. A job very well done!

Name: Gail Spindell
Location: NewYorkCity, NY
Date: Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 11:36:26

Dear Donna, We met at the New Age Health Spa and took a lovely morning hike. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. There were several times that I thought "This line should be framed and hung in a museum". I hope you are continuing to take good care of yourself. Once again, it was a pleasure meeting you, and should you find your way into Manhattan, and want to get together, please email me at the address above, or if you'd just like to chat, I'd love to hear from you. Best, Gail

Name: Jennifer Krauskopf
Location: Spruce Grove, Canada
Date: Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 22:01:29

I am a second year Medieval History Major at the University of Alberta. I finished your book earlier today, and I just had to write you and thank you for creating such a masterpiece. It has reaffirmed my desire to continue in this sphere of study. I am curious if there are any other english language chronicles about the life of this facinating woman.

Name: Russell Odell
Location: Hemet, CA 92545
Date: Friday, June 18, 1999 at 21:29:43

I have been looking for thisinformation for years. I am buying the book. Thanks for writing it.

Name: Rosemarie
Location: Marietta, GA USA
Date: Friday, June 18, 1999 at 14:26:03

Dear Donna, We are a brand new book group, with our first meeting hopefully to occur Sept.2 from 7:30-9:30 EST. Our first book selection? - Pope Joan! We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you via speaker-phone at this meeting. Sincerely, Rosemarie

Name: Janet Beckett
Location: Fairfield, CT
Date: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 11:20:19

Donna, Thanks so much for talking to our book group by speakerphone. We really enjoyed the talk and it added so much to our discussion. After we hung up, we stayed and talked for another hour. We're looking forward to your next book and we are busy trying to figure out who it is about. We'll keep you posted as our search continues! Thanks again. Janet

Name:Brian Champness
Location: Callington, Cornwall UK
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 08:29:14

I am looking forward to reading your book, which I have just ordered. Have you come across Lawrence Durrell's 'Pope Joan', which in fact is a translation of an older 'lo Papissa Joanna'?

Name: Jill
Location: Victor, NY
Date: Sunday, June 13, 1999 at 21:31:37

Donna, How can I thank you for the wonderful speakerphone chat with our book club last night? My club was so thrilled with you and your book. When you hung up, they just went wild, saying how great you were and how much they enjoyed speaking with you. We must have talked about the book and your call for an additional 45 minutes. We've decided to try to come to the book signing in July. Jeanne's husband can get us a van, and we're going to try to make a day trip out of it. I was the only one there with an autographed copy, so they're all envious of me. They want to meet you in person and get their copies signed also. Jeanne is going to call the number you gave her and get the details. Last night's group was made up of 5 teachers, 2 CPAs, a physical therapist, and a professional singer. This is a very well educated group, and we all agreed that we were so fortunate to have the chance to do this conference chat with you. You are a very impressive lady, and we all felt so empowered after the chat! We're eagerly awaiting the movie, as well as your next book. Thank you again for last night. Jill

Name: Susan Rossi
Location: Skaneateles, NY
Date: Monday, June 7, 1999 at 15:56:12

Dear Donna, You have set a new standard for our Monday Evening Club banquet meetings! Everyone so enjoyed your dynamic and engrossing talk--and everyone appreciated the opportunity to receive an autographed copy of Pope Joan. Sincerest thanks, Donna, for so graciously speaking to our group. It was a special evening for all.

Name: Joan Kuchner
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Date: Friday, June 4, 1999 at 07:45:06

Donna, Everyone enjoyed our speakerphone conversation. They were very impressed at your willingness to reflect on your research and writing strategies and to share some of the ups and downs of the movie project. The Book Group (we think of ourselves in capitals) enjoyed your insights and your humor. I know that we will all be eagerly awaiting the movie, although we will undoubtedly be disappointed with it compared to the book. I would not be surprised if individuals take you up on the challenge of trying to guess the identity of your next heroine! Although several of us read library copies of the book or shared copies with friends, our conversation yesterday inspired many of us to purchase a copy for our shelves. If we do put together a set of copies for each of us (we are 13 all together- however, you were not able to meet all of us yesterday), would you be willing to autograph them for us. I could mail them to your University address. if that would be convenient. Again, many thanks for joining our book group for the afternoon, and sharing your thoughts on history, writing, Hollywood and Pope Joan . It was a pleasure talking with you. Best regards from all of us, Joan

Name: Janet Beckett
Location: Fairfield, CT USA
Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 13:56:16

We are currently reading yor book for our reading group (11 members) and would love to be able to speak with you directly during our next meeting. It will be held on Thursday, June 10th from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST. Please reply at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Janet Beckett

Name: Urainah
Location: Birmingham, AL
Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 01:05:02

I first read about Pope Joan while looking through topics in my encyclopedia. I was fascinated by the fact that a woman was once a pope, fiction or non. I felt that it would make a great movie, and it looks like someone already thought of that first(it seems all the good ideas are taken!) Is there any information on the casting of the movie at this early juncture? I had a few ideas of casting prospects...Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Name: Pat Barry
Location: Hopewell Jct, NY
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 19:08:16

I echo the sentiments of other book club members who have chatted with you. Our phone chat was wonderful. Your enthusiasm for the topic is contagious. It's great that you make yourself so accessible to your readers. Looking forward to the movie!

Name: Dan Pelfrey
Location: Southrange, Wi
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 04:52:08

Hello, I have always been interested in the legend of Pope Joan, any idea when the movie will be out? Please e-mail me with any info at: dpelfrey@hotmail.com Thanks Dan

Name: nancy van patten

Date: Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 16:16:53

Dear Donna--We in the "lively" Shakerag Book Club would like to thank you for chatting with us by speakerphone on Monday night the 17th. It was so exciting to hear all about the movie--congratulations on your first screenplay! So many of us are planning on giving the book as gifts to friends for graduations, birthdays, and Christmas. You and Joan have been an inspiration to all of us. Personally, I have had a hard time starting my next book because I cannot get "Pope Joan" out of my mind! I have bookmarked your website and look forward to updates on what's going on with you. If you are ever in Atlanta we'd love for you to visit us up here in Shakerag! Thank you for your perspiration and inspiration in bring "Pope Joan" to us. Sincerely, Nancy Van Patten

Name: Alison
Location: Cambridge, England
Date: Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 07:30:33

I'm researching Pope Joan as a school project and this site has really helped - Thanks!

Name: Louise Kaufman
Location: Setauket, NY Suffolk
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 17:02:27

Dear ms. Cross, Thank you for speaking via speaker phone to our book group today. We all enjoyed the book and were very excited to have the opportnity to hear "from the horse's mouth" about your research. We look forward to seeing the movie and to reading your next book. Sincerely, Louise Kaufman

Name:Lucy Piper
Location: London, Middx England
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 at 16:34:04

After reading the play 'Top Girls' by Caryl Churchill, I learnt a little about Pope Joan. Being interested to find out more, I have just spent the past half an hour searching the internet for more info. Are there any other relevant sites/links to this subject? Thanks for your time...

Name: rebecca hoar

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 at 06:42:53

I thought the book was brilliantly researched and written. In your notes at the end you explain which characters were fictional, and which were real - but you do not mention Gerold. Was he the actual superista? And had he and Joan really known each other from her childhood? Was there ever any revelation about who the father of her child was? Sorry to bombard you with questions, but I'm intrigued! RH

Name: Holly Camino
Location: Nordonia Hills, Ohio
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at 15:38:46

Hi Donna! I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to chat by speakerphone with our book discussion group here at Nordonia Hills. We really enjoyed the conversation as well as the novel. Everyone commented on how speaking with you enlightened them as to certain aspects of the novel as well as the entire process of writing. It was a wonderful experience for all of us and we are all looking forward to reading more of your future novels. Sincerely, Holly Camino Librarian Nordonia Hills Branch Library

Name: Philomena
Location: peterborough, englnad
Date: Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 02:58:15

i am researching pope joan as a 70's feminist icon as a subject for part of my degree. Thank you for the book, if you have any suggestions that may help me i would appreciate your help.

Name: nancy van patten
Location: Duluth , GA USA
Date: Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 14:14:46

Dear Donna--our Shakerag Book Club (near Atlanta, GA) is discussing "Pope Joan" on Monday, May 17th. We are meeting at 8 pm EST. I know this is very late notice but we would love to hear from you. Everyone in the club that sees each other around the neighborhood is stopping traffic to talk about your book. I also just made quite a ninny out of myself ranting and raving on Amazon.com that some "Producer, director or actress" should discover "Pope Joan" and turn it into a screenplay, only to find out via your website a movie is already in production!! Anyway, I am thrilled. Since I have your ear for a second, I must tell you how your book moved me. I felt Joan's character flow through me. I experienced every indignity and victory visited upon her. I feel strongly that acknowledgement of her exsistence would enlighten and empower all women in these troubled times. It is a message we must send to our daughters. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this book. I feel truly blessed to have read it. P.S....my phone number is (770) 623-0860. The phone number of the home we will be discussing the book at is (770)622-1751.

Name: Joan Kuchner
Location: Stony Brook, NY USA
Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 at 14:32:50

Donna, A community book group that has been in existence for approximately 25 years has selected "Pope Joan" for their May 1999 book discussion meeting. Although we selected the book to add to our reading list over a year ago upon my recommendation, we just learned of your offer to go on line and talk about the book with interested readers. Our meeting is scheduled for noon-2:30PM on May 20, 1999. Is there any possibility that you may be available to answer questions at that time? I would appreciate your getting back in touch with me either way. Many thanks, Joan Joan F. Kuchner, Ph.D. Director Child and Family Studies SUNY at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY 11794-4333 516-632-7695 JKuchner@notes.sunysb.edu

Name: Margaret
Location: East Hanover, NJ
Date: Sunday, May 9, 1999 at 13:21:27

Oh Donna, made a few mistakes so lets try this again. Thank you again for calling into our East Hanover Book Club. Your talk and information was fascinating. I am looking forward to your next book. I throughly enjoyed your book and recommended it to all my friends (and what the heck my enemies too). Best Wishes and Good Luck on your movie endeavour. Sincerely, Margaret Spinelli

Name: Michael Lipka
Location: North Providence, RI USA
Date: Sunday, May 9, 1999 at 20:55:29

I am not saying this to offend you or your novel, but I cannot agree with you that it was a heroine. I find it very hard to respect Pope Joan. It was nothing but a dirty liar and a cross-dresser in my eyes, and a disgrace in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Its name brings nothing but shame. Pope Joan was a horrible person, as it decieved so many people. I do not see how it served the rule of the Catholic religion at all.

Name: Mark Perloe, M.D.
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
Date: Sunday, May 9, 1999 at 07:25:29

As there are a number of medical conditions that lead to an excess of hair growth and masculinization, I am wondering if there is any thought to whether Pope Joan suffered from a medical condition such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Name: Monica
Location: E. Hanover, NJ
Date: Thursday, May 6, 1999 at 10:54:51

Well Donna, your chat with our group last night was as wonderful as your book. We throughly enjoyed you. And you made it so easy for us. Best of luck in the movie, your next endeavors and we are recommending your book to all.

Name: Martina
Date: Thursday, May 6, 1999 at 08:46:08

Dear Mrs Cross, I've read your book "Pope Joan" and I love it! I'm in the 9th grade and we have to write a recession about a book. I've chosen yours. But there is a problem. I have to write something about the author, too. Could you send me some information about you? Thank you! Love Martina

Name: Pat Barry
Location: Hopewell Jct, NY
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 13:50:11

Hi! I read your book and loved it! Please let me know if you are still arranging on-line chats with reading groups. Our book club is meeting May 12 at 12:30 PM, but we could also arrange another time. Please let me know. Thanks.

Name: Karen Murphy
Location: Manlius, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at 20:36:23

Mrs Cross, Thank you again for speaking at our book group last year. I just wanted you to know that we still speak about our experience with you and we are having fun reading updates on the book and movie. The Academy Hill Neighborhood Association Book Club wishes you the greatest of happiness and success with this project and the next. Take care. The Academy Hill Neighborhood Association

Name: M. Scott
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at 16:31:05

Hi Donna, just want to make sure you get this. Looking forward to speaking with you tomorrow night, May 5, 8:15pm, E. Hanover Library. Speaker phone no. 973-428-7253/main no. if you need to reschedule 973-428-3075 (I'm not available by e-mail tomorrow). We have really enjoyed your book.

Name: Jeanne Carsello
Location: Edina, MN USA
Date: Monday, May 3, 1999 at 22:13:11

Thanks, Donna for answering so many questions with so much enthusiasm for our book club. The hour went by so quickly. We enjoyed hearing about the Pope Joan book and upcoming screen play. Also it was interesting to hear how you created a story around the legend of Pope Joan. Thanks and good luck. We'll be waiting for the next book to come out. Jeanne

Name:Rachel Singer Gordon

Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 12:13:02

Hi Donna - Just wanted to say thanks again for calling our book discussion group last week-- everyone REALLY enjoyed our conversation! It was fascinating to hear your anecdotes about the upcoming movie version :). We're all looking forward to reading your upcoming work!

Name:Donna Savery
Location: Egham, Surrey England
Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 09:00:01

Thank you so much for putting this web site up. My students are studying a play by Caryl Churchill in which Pope Joan is a character (You may know it it is called TOP GIRLS) and its on the A level drama syllabus in England. If you could give us any information as to where you researched the character my students would be eternall grateful. I hope to hear from you and correspond with you. Many thanks Donna Savery, Surrey England.

Name: Alexine
Location: Lorette, Qc Canada
Date: Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 22:18:41

Bonjour Donna! J'en suis à ma 2e lecture de "La papesse Jeanne" et je suis encore sous l'émotion que ton livre me procure. Je t'admire d'avoir écrit un tel bouquin et je le conserve précieusement pour le relire encore. Bravo! J'espère que le film est sorti et que je le visionnerai un jour. Merci!

Name: Jeanne Carsello
Location: Edina, MN USA
Date: Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 20:16:59

Hi Donna, I'm hoping you can arrange to chat with our book club on April 28 about 9:00pm CDT. We are reading your book this month. I was fascinated by your story and intrigued at the possibility that a Pope Joan really existed. Thanks for an interesting and insightful book. I will check my mail for your reply and any suggestions you have to make this process (new to me, but exciting) work smoothly. Sincerely, Jeanne

Name: Eileen Poulos
Location: St. Petersburg, FL US
Date: Friday, April 23, 1999 at 22:45:45

Donna, I am hosting our monthly book club meeting on Thursday May 20 at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. We are a small group of women and have selected your book for this month's reading. I heard of your book from a local feminist book store, Brigitbooks in St. Pete. Apparently the book store owner, heard you speak at a recent conference and recommended the book as a result. Is it possible to arrange a discussion with you during our meeting either by phone or online? We generally meet from about 8:00 to 10:00. Please respond at your earliest convenience. I look forward to hearing from you. Eileen Poulos

Name: Angela Prestigiacomo
Location: Schenectady, NY
Date: Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 14:34:33

I spoke with you at the conference at Orange County Community College last week. I am writing to discuss the possibility of you speaking at Schenectady County Community College sometime during the next academic year. I am generally in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. E-mail is fine or you may reach me at 518-381-1337. Looking forward to hearing from you. By the way, I started the book and am really enjoying it. Angela

Name: Scott Robinson
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 at 23:02:08

Donna: What a fabulous book! Yes, I have finally gotten to it the better part of a year since we ran into each other at the Abbey Scriptorium. The characterizations, the suspense, the vivid detail--I couldn't put it down, as they say! What's next?

Name: Eva Magin-Pelich
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 at 08:46:08

Dear Donna, I'm currently writing as a free-lancer for an encyclopedia on cd rom which is to be published this summer. My job is American Literature. I wanted to enclose an article about you, but can not find any newer information. The article in CA seems a bit too old. Could you please provide me with short biographical & literary information about you? This would be a great help and I want to thank you in advance. Regards Eva Magin-Pelich

Name: Michalis Kaloumenos
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 09:26:36

Good afternon from Athens, Greece, Emmanouel Roides (Greek novelist born Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece 1836- died Athens, Greece 1904) wrote a significant novel about "Pope Joan" published in 1866 and focused Orthodox church criticism and damnation. As he admits, he heard about the story during 1848 in Genoa Italy, in a refuge, from older people while the city was bombed by Victor Emmanouel. As a student in Berlin, Germany found a lot of evidence for this childhood story in the university library. His book is written in the dead Greek invented literary language of the 18th century, and provides a lot of original sources as the writer had access in Berlin. The Greek book recent publish has an ISBN: 960-256-161-0 copyright 1988, Exantas Publishing Didotou 59, 106 81 Athens, Greece Tel:+30 1 3604885 Fax: +30 1 3613065 Reading Roides I started looking for information via Internet that came up to your site. Hoping that sources might be usefull to your search, please, keep this e-mail in mind. Sincerely yours, Michalis Kaloumenos

Name:R. J. Neill
Location: Carlisle, PA USA
Date: Sunday, April 11, 1999 at 22:08:47

I read your amazing book this past summer, and I cannot even begin to tell you how inspirational it was for me. Your work touched me on so many levels! I'm currently a sophomore drama major at a small liberal arts school, and after reading this novel, I decided to pursue Classics as my minor (your book even helped with my Latin!). I'd read of Johanna Papessa while studying the Tarot (the card I most associate with is II, the High Priestess or Popess), and her legend fascinates me. The book you wrote made her so real, gave me so much more to identify with (and I do identify with her), that I've begun to research on my own to see what I can uncover. Next year, I will be studying in Europe, and I plan to make a trip to Rome (especially to check out the Sacred Via). I believe--with all my heart--that there was a female Pope, and I thank you for making her real for so many others. How about, for you next subject, taking on Queen Boadicea of the Celts? :-b I do have one complaint... the movie. As an aspiring filmmaker, I was hoping to buy the rights myself after I finished film school. I hope they can stay true to your vision!

Name: Laura

Date: Saturday, April 10, 1999 at 21:03:57

I am currently a ninth grade student enrolled in an all-girls Catholic high school. For my World History class we were assigned a term paper regarding an important historical figure. I wanted to chose a person who was different and intriguing. Whil flipping through our People's Encyclopedia I came across Pope Joan and was immediately hooked. I logged onto the internet and came across your book and your comments. I read that you are fairly certain that Pope Joan was a true woman and not a flok tale.I have searched all over trying to find more information about this intriguing lady, but I lack much to show for it. Would it be possible for you to send me your sources or the information you received about Joan that persuaded you to believe she lived? I would be forever grateful. I am enjoying the book trmendously!

Name: Diane La Rue
Location: Auburn, NY
Date: Monday, April 5, 1999 at 13:29:31

Dear Ms. Woolfolk Cross- my name is Diane La Rue and I am the chairperson of the Book Bonanza at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn, NY. Every year we hold a used book sale, with the profits going to St. Joseph Schools in Auburn. We receive books donated from members of the community- last year we had over 20,000 books donated! Last year we received a new copy of Hillary Clinton's book "It Takes A Village" from Simon and Schuster to raffle, and it was a great moneymaker for us. We would love to raffle a signed copy of "Pope Joan" this year. It would be a wonderful addition to our sale to have a successful local author's book to raffle. Our sale runs Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th in the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. We draw over 1000 people for the event, which features paperbacks and children's books for 25 cents,hardcovers for 50 cents and better books as marked. We would love for you to appear and sign copies of your book and talk to the people, if your schedule would p ermit. You may contact me at spl1768@aol.com. Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

Name: Emily
Location: Watertown , NY USA
Date: Monday, April 5, 1999 at 10:04:27

Dear Ms. Cross- As an English teacher, passionate reader, member of a women's book club and Catholic now worshipping as a Presbyterian, your book "spoke to me" for a number reasons, both obvious and subconscious. Your incredible book brought a little known and interesting time alive. The book is now my July '99 selection for our book group. I'd love to believe that Joan existed and chuckle at the thought of all those who felt htreatened by the possibilities and implications of a woman intelligent, brave and driven enough to pursue a life as man in that terrible epoch of history. Thank you for one of the best books of historical fiction I've read in a long, long time (the last Historicla fiction I lliked as well was Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. I would like to invite you to correspond with me and our group. Emily Sprague

Name: Lana Thompson

Date: Monday, April 5, 1999 at 04:47:05

Dear Donna, I wanted to write to you and tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you last week. This message is not for the public so I will wait until I hear from you so we can write in person. I hope you enjoy "The Wandering Womb" as much as others are enjoying Pope Joan. It was wonderful to see, in person, the author of this very important book! Please write and tell me your e-mail address so I can send you some other notes. Sincerely, Lana Thompson

Name: Ellen Storch
Location: Victor , NY
Date: Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 17:51:57

Dear Donna, On behalf of the Friends of the Victor Free Library, I wish to convey our thanks for the entertaining and enlightening program you presented. You're not only a talented author, but also a wonderful speaker! I'm forwarding by mail a compilation of the responses from the evaluations filled out by by the audience members. As you will see, you were VERY well received!! Thanks again--Ellen

Name: Eva Köberlein
Location: Bamberg, BY Germany
Date: Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 06:52:16

Dear Donna, I have read your book (in German: Die Päpstin) and I enjoyed it a lot, so i decided to take it for a school's project. WE have to talk about the story AND the author. That's my problem: I can't find any information about you. Perhaps you could answer me and give me some facts about your life??? It would be great, if you could answer until April 11th !!!! Thanks a lot, Eva from Germany (16 years)

Name: Holly Camino
Location: Northfield, OH USA
Date: Monday, March 29, 1999 at 15:49:27

I am a librarian at the Nordonia Hills Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library System in Ohio. Each month I have a book discussion group and I have chosen your book for discussion in May. I was wondering if it would be possible to have you appear by phone during the meeting? The day would be Thursday, May 13th. The group meets at 2 p.m. However, we can be very flexible! Thank you for your time.

Name: Karen Woods
Location: twinsburg, Ohio
Date: Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 10:38:38

Dear Donna, Everyone in our book reading group thoroughly enjoyed talking to you by speakerphone! We can't wait for the movie and your new book. We'll all bring our guesses as to the heroine to our next meeting! Best wishes, Karen.

Name: Ryan Scott
Location: San Anselmo , CA United States
Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 at 10:41:46

Pope Joan is an insperation to us all.

Name: Katie & Elyssa
Location: San Anselmo, CA United States
Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 at 10:38:06

We are doing a historical interveiw with Pope Joan. We came to this web site to find information, and found it very helpful. Pope Joan is an extremly intregueing character, and I hope with all my heart that she is real.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 15:17:13

I have a reading group at the East Hanover Public Library. In the back of reading group choices 1999, it states that you would be willing to chat by telephone with a book discussion group, if the timing was convenient. We think that's marvelous. We wrote a couple authros just hoping for a note but none so far, so this would be amazing. This is a great group of readers, very diverse. We have chosen your book though we have not read it. Please let me know if you are speaking to reading groups. We normally meet on a Wednesday night at 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, but are willing to schedule our time around your schedule, though it would have to be in the evening, because we're readers who work. Thank you for your time. SINCERELY MONICA SCOTT, LIBRARY ASSISTANT, 415 RIDGEDALE AVENUE, EAST HANOVER, NJ 07936, 973-428-3075.

Name: Jonathan Smith
Location: London, England
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 08:20:05

Thank you for providing me with the knowledge I required. I am currently studying Top Girls, by Caryl Churchill, and I needed some background information. Your book made the character come to life, so I congratulate you on a fantastic piece of literature. Thank you

Name: Pamela Crane
Location: Syracuse, New York
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 08:01:01

Dear Donna--I envy the students who attended your classes at Onondaga College. You are a marvelous lecturer. Thanks for treating our Midday medley audience at the Soule Library to an hour full of intrigue, history, and humor. It was a great way to begin our Spring series. Thanks again, Pamela Crane

Name: Linda Morley
Location: Victor, NY U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at 20:37:39

Hi Donna, I enjoyed your book talk at the Victor Library very much. You have inspired me to learn more about medieval Europe. I have just visited a few sites and am fascinated by all that there is. Looking forward to the film and to your new book about a French woman! Sincerely, Linda Morley

Name: Starla Chinn
Location: Burley, ID USA
Date: Monday, March 15, 1999 at 21:11:14

I just finished Pope Joan a few minutes ago. I loved it. I found it inspiring, entertaining, disturbing, and, most of all, glorifying. It is a beautiful book, not only on the incredible and heart-rending life of Joan, but also on the terrible abuse and ignorance that women of that time had to endure from men. Thank you, Ms. Cross. You have truly written an awesome book.

Name: Josie Serracin
Location: Annandale, VA
Date: Monday, March 15, 1999 at 16:00:20

My book club and I want to thank you so much for making it so easy to talk with you and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat by speakerphone with us. Most of us did not know what to expect and were very pleased that everything went so well. We really enjoyed reading your book. It was one of those books that you simply couldn't put down. It literally only tookme two days to read it and others read it quickly. I just love books like that. We wish you the best in filming this story and will send an email after we see the movie. Good luck to you in all your endeavors. We'll pass on the word to all of our friends and acquaintances about Pope Joan.

Name: T.Levenson
Location: Natick, MA USA
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 19:24:37

Dear Miss Cross, I was so pleased to find your website...a place where I could actually express to you how much I loved POPE JOAN. I borrowed this book from a friend and I just couldn't put it down. It was one of those novels you just hated to see come to an end. The story is so fascinating to me and I would love to find more information re: JOAN. Will you be speaking in the Boston area anytime soon? And when will your next novel be coming out? Thanks again for such a memorable book. Tarleigh Levenson

Name: Kathleen Day
Location: Santa Ynez, CA USA
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 17:31:48

The Santa Ynez book club has just chosen to read your book and we will be discussing it at our May 3rd meeting (1:30pm/pacific time). We would love to chat with you! If that is not a convenient time, please suggest one. The leader of our group would be happy to call you (she does not have easy access to email). Meanwhile I will act as intermediary. We're all looking forward to getting out new books! Kathleen

Name:William Kirk
Location: Tallahassee, FL USA
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 16:05:32

An interesting thought and legend. However as a Christian, I cannot help but think why a person (especially a woman) would try to fraud the Christian world of that era, it was, after all, the "age of faith". It would be awful, mean, and selfish. Any person caught in such a fraud in that period of history would have been executed immediately or torn apart by a howling mob. So, if she existed, she must have been short sighted. Women, in Christian history, have always enjoyed a better social place than in most of the world at any period. This elevation goes back to Jesus. Joan of Arc was a hero of the church and there are many others in the list of Saints. No,as a VERY active historian, I do not belive she was anything more than a myth. Still your story makes good fiction. Best of the best to you! Bill - the Tyrannosaur

Name: Esther Alves
Location: 52428 Jülich, Germany
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 15:33:18

Hello Donna! This is again Esther. Do you remember me? I´m 18 years old, and I read your great book. I also have written sth in your guestbook, and I was really surprised, that I got a personnally answer of you! Thanks a lot. I´m still going to school, and I also write for a school magazine. In the last magazine I wrote an article about your book, I presented it and made comments on it. For the next magazine I would like to write an interview with you.So I want to ask you, would you be so kind and answer to a few questions? That would be really great!!! And I would be proud to have made an Interview via internet! Dear Donna, I thank you for your efforts, hope that you will understand my english, and hope that you have the time to answer soon. What is your address? I would like to send to you a magazine with the interview! Thousand thanks, yours sincerely, ESTHER!!!

Name: Eleanor Sullo
Location: Colchester, CT US
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 14:28:06

I thoroughly enjoyed Pope Joan when I read it a couple of years ago. How exciting to find its author on a WEB site of her own.Even now when I think of the book, I am lifted by an indefinable joy.You have broadened the horizons of so many women!Thanks. What do you know about another book on Joan (I read about 7 years ago but loaned out and misplaced)Any bibliography you could share would be wonderful. How one arth did you accomplish the research? As a novelist and non-fiction writer, I'm intrigued. AGain, bravo for a wonderful book. Ellie Sullo

Name: Sheri Garcia
Location: Tallahassee, FL USA
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 13:54:50

Pope Joan is my hero! I saw Donna speak in Gainesville FL 2/27/99, what a super key note speaker. I enjoyed every minute of her presentation; her energy, her vitality; what fun!!!!

Name: Carol Willis

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at 13:38:32

Merci beaucoup! We had high expectations for your talk on Saturday, and you managed to exceed them. What a wonderful speech! I appreciate too your graciousness in talking to so many of the women at the conference. So many of us got to enjoy your warmth and wit. Good luck with your next book!

Name: Judy Otte

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at 11:06:15

We want to thank you for the delightful phone chat with our couples book group. They all were very impressed and enthused about speaking to 'the author" and liked being able to ask questions directly. They really enjoyed the book and we had great discussions both before and after your calll. Now we are eager to see the movie and also to read your next book. They said they could see why Johnny Carson liked you!! It has been a joy to have this relationship with a real author! Thank you for sharing your time, insights and experiences. It's been a real highlight!

Name: tamara wills
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: Monday, March 8, 1999 at 10:59:21

I knew there was a female pope but i had to prove it...... Thanks !

Name: nicholas suh
Location: chicago, il usa
Date: Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 01:24:39

I have recently become quite interested in the story of Joan Anglicus. I enjoyed your book very much. I am always seeking anything that might give me further insight into her life story.

Name: Jason Marcus
Location: Chattanooga, TN USA
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at 09:35:22

My name is Jason Marcus, and I am a student at Baylor in Chattanooga. I just got finished reading your book Pope Joan, and I thought that it was very interesting. It was clear, interesting, and fun to read. I did have some questions I was hoping you would answer for me. 1) Why did you first decide to research Pope Joan? 2) Who inspired you as a child? Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Once again, I immensely enjoyed Pope Joan, and I look forward to your next book!

Name:Ann Harris
Location: Utica, NY
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at 07:51:27

The ticket sales for your April 10 program for AAUW are going very well! I am cautiously optimistic that we will have somewhere around 150 people there. Looking forward to seeing you! Ann

Name: Patricia Prociv
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia
Date: Monday, March 1, 1999 at 01:16:00

Hi, I am an Australian Visual Artist, close to finishing a Doctorate on how the identies of females are constructed within the culture of Catholciism As part of my final work I am producing an exhibition of re-imaged Saints, including Pope Joan. I have some ideas about how I am going to image her, but would like to hear from anyone who knows of any contemporary art works dedicated to her I look forward to reading the book as soon as I can get a copy. Best wishes, Patricia Prociv.

Name: RoseMarie Paternostro
Location: Garden CityPark, NY USA
Date: Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 09:11:54

Dear Ms. Cross. Your novel has set in motion a family race to know the truth about Pope Joan. The men against the women. It is great fun. My book group is meeting on March 24, 1999 at 1Pm . Is it possible to set up a phone chat or online chat with you that afternoon? As an historian, I am energized. Thanks for many moments of pleasure.

Name: Debra DuHoux
Location: Salt Lake City, Ut USA
Date: Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 00:07:53

Yesterday, Feb 26th, I purchased your book from Barnes & Nobel. I'm thinking I found an obscure book but discovered to my delight it already has gotten quite a lot of attention. I am egar to start reading it. A movie? How exciting. I have bought a treasure without even knowing it.

Name: Ellie Pulikonda
Location: Tipton, IN USA
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 15:11:09

Our discussion group just finished Pope Joan and were blown away by it. We would like to set up a discussion time with you and talk about the book. We have some questions, of course, and would just love to talk about the work.

Name: Dorian Trahan
Location: Kingman, Az USA
Date: Monday, February 22, 1999 at 19:59:10

I want to thank you so very much for the phone conversation with our book club today. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of your time. We have never been able to discuss one of our books with its author, and today was a surpreme treat! Thanks again for your time and your wonderful book!

Name:Paula Shuffler
Location: Kingman, AZ usa
Date: Monday, February 22, 1999 at 19:18:19

Thank you so much for the wonderful telephone interview today at the Damas Los Libros Book Club! We thoroughly enjoyed your comments and information you shared with our group. We are all very anxiously awaiting information about the upcoming movie!!! We will be watching for your next book as well! Again, thanks for all the insight into your book!

Name: Terri Chamberlain
Location: Lake Mary, FL USA
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 08:34:39

"Chapters" reading group was formed in 1993. We are reading Pope Joan as our March selection. The group of 8-10 women are interested in setting up an on-line interview. What a great opportunity for we the readers to look deeper into your research and understand how the story and author connected. Thank you for the opportunity. We have targeted Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm. Another date can be made available at your convenience. Again thanks! Terri Chamberlain

Name: Melissa Bittinger
Location: Hershey, PA United States
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 10:46:40

Dear Ms. Cross: I facilitate two book discussion groups at the Hershey Public Library and we will be reading and discussing Pope Joan during our next session. I also schedule the adult programs at the library. We would love to host you in conjunction with National Women's History Month in March 2000. We can offer you a very enthusiastic audience, a newly built library and a scenic town (Hershey)--not to mention all the Hershey's chocolate you can eat! I hope you will consider accepting our invitation. Thanks for your time and thank you for your wonderful book. I'm looking forward to discussing it in our upcoming season.

Name: Carol Clary, PSA
Date: Monday, February 15, 1999 at 16:15:12

Thanks so much for doing the phone conference with us. My book reading group was exhilarated by the discussion. They stayed and discussed for a while longer and then left glowing, energized by our stimulating interaction. You are so charming and funny and articulate that it was pure pleasure to talk with you. They all left as your fans and advocates. I feel I learned so much from reading the book and hearing your remarks. Thanks again for your time. you are very talented indeed!

Name: Boo
Québec Canada
Date: Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 15:29:49

Dear Mrs Cross, this semester, in my french course, we have to choose a book, and I chose pope Joan. We have to do an oral production about the book and the author. I searched on the web many times to find information about you but most of the time it was about your book. If it's possible I really appreciate that you e-mail me some informations like awards you won or what did you studied in school. I thank you for your comprehension.

Name: Emily Karmen
Location: Fayetteville, NY
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 19:53:17

I go to Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and I attended the lecture you gave about your book last month. I love historical fiction, especially about remarkable women, such as Joan. I was wondering if you could suggest any other books you think I might enjoy. I really enjoyed reading Pope Joan, though I was surprised to be assigned a good book from school. Thanks, and Congratulations!

Name: Charleen Stipe
Location: Kingman, AZ USA
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 13:30:31

My book club, Las Damas de Los Libros, is meeting Monday, February 22, to discuss your book. Would it be possible to set up a phone call with you? We will be meeing at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Name: Ethan
Location: Manlius, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 1999 at 08:11:33

I enjoyed reading your book, and I can't wait for the movie. After hearing you speak at Fayetteville-Manlius HS, I was inspired to reread it, and enjoyed it even more than I did the first time. It's a nice addition to my library. Good-luck on the movie, and on all your future endevears.

Name: Lesley S. Scofield
Location: Great Bend, PA
Date: Sunday, February 7, 1999 at 18:37:33

I recently received your book from my mother, after I had been having a streak of misfortune. She knew I could use a pick-me-up. I was pleased to get the book and even more pleased that she had the honor of having you sign it for me. Thank You So Much!! Pope Joan is definately the best book I have read in a long time. She is a true inspiration to all women and to all people to reach out for knowledge and go for the impossible. I am waiting anxiously for the movie, although movies can never seem to do great books justice. Best of Luck in all your endeavors! Thanks Again!

Name: Roger Handy
Location: beaumaris, ynys mon united kingdom
Date: Sunday, February 7, 1999 at 15:46:28

I am looking for a picture of Pope Joan for my daughter who is playing Pope Joan as part of her A level ( last exam before going hopefully to University) If you can help please e mail me My wife is a professional designer who will make her a costume & would like a picture to base it on.

Name: L Barnes
Location: Nashua, MT USA
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 1999 at 14:39:53

My book group is reading Pope Joan. I thought it might be a little deep in historical facts for my liking, but I'm loving the book. Our book group meets weekly, so we only read a specific number of pages each week. I'm having a hard time not reading ahead! Thanks for an insightful look into a story that I wasn't familiar with at all.

Name:Karen Woods
Location: Twinsburg, OH USA
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 1999 at 09:49:08

Greetings! And thanks for a great read! I've just finished it in preparation for our book group in March, and have discovered that you sometimes are able to speak by phone to your readers. Our book discussion group is scheduled to read Pope Joan for our March 15th meeting. We meet at 2 pm until about 3:30 EST every third Monday. Is it possible that you may be available? If not in March, perhaps at that time in another month. I know the group would be tickled pink to be able to ask questions & hear you LIVE! It's wonderful that you are willing to share your time in this way... Appreciatively, Karen Woods Reference Librarian (& Book Group Leader) Twinsburg Public Library 10050 Ravenna Rd Twinsburg, OH 44087 330-425-4268

Name: karen wolf

Date: Monday, February 1, 1999 at 07:56:32

dear donna, recently i had my wisdom teeth out and i asked a friend for a book to read. she gave me pope joan and i just kind of looked at it, but then i started to read and i fell in love with joan. she was so brilliant and i just want to be like her. i never knew of this story before. thank you so much for writing this book. are there any discussions around phila?

Name: Jane Hales
Location: Vestal, NY
Date: Saturday, January 30, 1999 at 18:48:47

Dear Donna, Our Book Club is planning to read "Pope Joan" this year and would love to do a conference call with you during our meeting. We meet the fourth Tuesday evening of each month. Could you respond and let us know if this is a possibility and which month would best fit your schedule. My daughter said their Bennington Vermont club's evening with your was the hit of the year. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks. Jane Hales

Name: Mary Williams
Location: Edmonds, WA USA
Date: Friday, January 29, 1999 at 17:12:59

Just wanted to let you know I heard you speak in Seattle yesterday and enjoyed it very much. I loved the book and have recommended it to all the readers I know. I especially enjoyed what you had to say about strong women who transcend their own social customs, since I've always been very interested in women with those qualities. I look forward eagerly to your next book. Any thoughts on when it might be finished? Thanks much.

Name: Jane Fenlon Rowe
Location: Richmond, VA U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 16:33:17

Donna- You did a wonderful job speaking at the Tuckahoe Womens Club today. I called JF at APB and raved and gushed like crazy. It was no chore! I really enjoyed being with you. You are very easy to talk to! All of us want you back. Have fun in Seattle. Bye for now, Jane

Name: Sean Houghton
Location: Fayetteville, NY
Date: Monday, January 25, 1999 at 20:29:51

Hi Ms. Cross! I really enjoyed your book very much. I was hooked, its not one of those boring books that makes your mind wander, it was great. Thanks for taking your time to talk with us at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Name: Elaine Brim
Location: Schwenksville, Pa USA
Date: Monday, January 25, 1999 at 07:35:24

Hi ! I enjoyed your book very much. I have a question for you....I have been reading The Pickwick Papers. In Chapter V Charles Dickens writes about a card game called Pope Joan. Are you familiar with this or know anything about it ? Thanks, Elaine

Name: Kristen Landgraff
Location: Whitby, ON Canada
Date: Friday, January 22, 1999 at 11:00:58

My Dad let me use his e-mail to write and as for your advice. I am in grade 7 and will in two weeks time be making a speech at our Catholic School on the subject of female ordination. We found your website because my Dad said there was once a woman Pope, and once she was found out they created a special test that involved a visual inspection under a glass table to make sure the Pope was a man. I beleive that a woman can do the job equal to any man, and wonder if you could tell me what you think about my belief and any facts that I should quote in my speech. Thank you, I hope to read your book - is it okay for me to read or is it more for adults? Sincerely, Kristen Landgraff

Name: Colleen Davies
Location: Cinti, OH
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at 19:15:21

Wow! I suggested your book for our church book club and am glad I did! We meet on 1/26 and can not wait to hear our priest's input. I must say I was upset at the end of the book because it was over. It has been a long time since I have totallt immersed myself in a good story. I was up til the early hours of the morning consuming each page. Thank you for educating and entertaining me.

Name: Colleen Holley
Location: Manlius, NY
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 16:34:44

Mrs. Cross, I just wanted to inform you how much I enjoyed reading your book. It has helped me realize what an equal women had amounted to be in the past, even with all the burdens placed upon them. When you came and visited my school, Fayetteville-Manlius, I was equally interested in what you had to say. I can't wait till not only the movie comes out, but your next book. I have a passion for books that you just can't put down, especially ones from history. Is it possible that you could send me a list of authors that write books similar to that of yours (Pope Joan)? Thank you very much for writing such an intriguing and inspiring book. It was thoroughly enjoyed.

Name: Mary Lovegreen
Location: syracuse, ny united states
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 13:51:19

First I would like to say that I loved your book. It was an inspiration for all of us that have goals that some consider to be unatainable. I was also like to thank you for speaking at our school the other day. I attend Fayettville-Manlius high school. Listening to you talk was incredible. I had so much fun and loved listening to your stories. When will your next book be out? we are all anxiously awaiting it. Thank you once again.

Name: Joan Herron
Location: Eureka, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 13:15:30

Our book club is reading the book this month, and will be discussing it this week, January 21, 1999. It's fantastic! We have a diverse group of interests, and Pope Joan sparked something in each of us. I can't wait for the discussion! Any tidbits you can give us for discussion questions? TIA

Name: Heidi Gleason
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 12:54:33

I have not read the book yet, but would like to suggest it for our book group. I was wondering how far out this phone discussion option is for. We have already picked our books for January and February so we would not be meeting to discuss this book until April. We are flexible on the date. We normally meet Monday - Thursday at 7PM. Thanks, Heidi

Name:Leslie Pallotta
Location: Niles, OH Trumbull
Date: Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 10:15:10

Ms. Cross, I enjoyed your book a great deal and am using it in my book discussion next month -- February 3rd at 6:30. I have 2 women in my group who have difficulty reading "regular print" books. For our previous discussions I have given them either large print or audio versions of the works. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate "Pope Joan" in either of these formats. Are they available in Large Print or in talking book form? Thanks for such a captivating story!! Leslie Pallotta Head of Adult Services Librarian

Name:Rachel Gordon

Date: Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 10:32:32

Hi - We were wondering if there would be a convenient time for you to chat by phone with our library's book discussion group. We generally meet the third Tuesday of every other month, but can be flexible. Thank you so much!

Name: Becky
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 20:35:57

Dear Mrs. Cross, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk at my high school(FMHS) today. You were one the best best and most interesting speakers I've ever heard. However, I was left with a few questions. I wanted to know if you think that Joan (either the real one or the one from your novel) ever thought about winning rights for women. I mean she certainly was an extremist, and I was wondering if you think that they ever dreamt of being equals- instead of just being trapped in a man's body. And, do you have any advice for aspiring writers as far as getting ideas of what to write? You spoke of your experience with stumbling upon Pope Joan, however, how did you get the idea for you second novel? Well, thank you so much for coming in to speak to us and offering to reply to our questions. That is so neat! Thanks Again, Becky 8-)

Name: Jerry Barnett
Location: Edwards AFB, CA US
Date: Sunday, January 10, 1999 at 10:46:11

Hello, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book. My dad gave me a copy and I finished it in three days. I was very impressed with the amount of factual history that was weaved into your story. I love to read about ancient history and this book hit the spot. I look forward to your next release and the possible screen adaptation of Pope Joan. Thanks for a great read. JB

Name: Marcia Ryan
Location: Portland, Maine US
Date: Thursday, January 7, 1999 at 09:33:59

How generous of you to take on this sort of correspondence! I had planned to write to a letter of praise and gratitude to you through your publisher; having found this site, seen that you have praise and the book has international attention, I see that my encouragment is, happily, a drop in the brimming bucket of your success. Bravo! And congratulations on excellent prospects for reaching a new audience with the film verion of your story. Have you mastered another prose form and written the screenplay? I am most impressed by the quality of your research. The historical detail, the mastery of ecclesiastical Latin, and of learned disputation was superb. Pope Joan reminded me of Mary Renault's talent for historical fiction, for taking the reader away, with graceful erudition, back through centuries. I honor the learning, patience, tenacity, skill, and inspiration of your work. Please don't spend so much of your time in correspondence that you have too little juice for another novel, i f it is your wish to write another. Best, Marcia Ryan

Name: M Sebesta
Location: L.A., CA
Date: Thursday, January 7, 1999 at 03:38:34

Donna - I've picked your book for this months reading in our bookgroup. We would love the opportunity to either correspond via chat room or speakerphone. Our group meets the first Thursday evening of each month from 7pm - 9pm. We would gladly move our schedule around to accomodate you. I gave this book to everyone during the holidays!!!!! I've been recommending it since it's debut!!!!! Thanks

Name: Lisa Tebbe
Date: Sunday, January 3, 1999 at 11:48:01

Donna, we enjoyed your phone chat with our book club tremendously. It was fascinating to talk with an author of a book we really are enthusiastic about. It was also very valuable to learn more about the ninth century. All of us were particularly interested in the role of women and how lucky we are to be born here and now! I really wish that other authors were so open and accessible. It would do a world of good for books and reading. Thanks again for one of the most memorable book club sessions we have had. We are all selling Pope Joan avidly and hope it is a great success. Let us know as soon as possible about your next venture. You have some eager fans here in Old Greenwich.

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