The Junior Fellows recently visited Murder by the Book to hear a book talk by Mark Gimenez, who recently released “The Governor’s Wife.” Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas, earning a BA in Political Science with honors at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He then went to law school at Notre Dame, where graduated Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation, he landed at a large Dallas law firm, where he was named a partner.
Although Gimenez’s practice was lucrative, he left the big law-firm life, preferring for a much smaller solo operation while also writing novels. He has written six novels and one work for young adults.
Mr. Gimenez spoke about what inspired him to write. The birth of his son and the death of his father inspired him to ask himself, “What do I want to do with my life?”
He also spoke about how he decides on the settings of his novels. He has set all of his novels in Texas cities and towns—Dallas, Galveston, Fredericksburg and, now, Marfa. Just listening to him discuss his research on these towns was a great way to learn Texas geography.
We were able to get our books signed, pose for a picture, and head off to Mi Luna, where we enjoyed a Spanish-themed meal. Our dishes included oxtail, chicken, escargot, Spanish sausage, and more. My favorite dish was “Pollo relleno,” which was roasted, boneless chicken stuffed with roasted vegetables and Manchego cheese.
One of the nice things about the dinner was getting to know everyone better. We invited Rhonda Beassie, SHSU’s Legal Services Director, and she shared some insights about education and law school. We also enjoyed having Christian Bionat along—it was his first event as an official JF Alumnus. And it was our second event Yemi Ibiyemi, who has attended two events in a row with us!
It was a nice night. We learned from a successful and interesting author, enjoyed each other’s company, and had a great meal!