Monday, September 28, 2009

The Thrill and Horror of Being in the Newspaper

When Karina Bland, a reporter at our daily paper, called me for an interview about how romance book sales are up in a down economy, I was thrilled...and horrified.

Thrilled because it's an honor to be quoted or written about and the chance to advance the cause of reading romance is important to me.

Horrified because I'm going to be quoted and written about in the NEWSPAPER!!
Where people will READ my WORDS and FORM OPINIONS about me. That can't possibly be good, can it?

See, I am an introvert with extrovert tendencies, which is agony, believe me. I love talking and meeting people and saying outrageous things and making people laugh and gasp, but then I'm mortified afterward.
Why did I say that? What was I thinking? I looked like an idiot or a fool or whatever. Weird, huh?
How do you feel about public speaking, cocktail party chatter, karaoke, and, oh, getting hypnotized to squawk like a chicken?

If you're curious how the story came out, here it is in her online column, where it was reprinted from the Sunday Arizona Republic: The cover of the book she mentions is here. It's still available online, by the way. The book offers a last hit of summer when the fall is upon us!
Dawn, who is now working on a Christmas book...jingle, jingle...

1 comment:

  1. I hate the idea of speaking in public as a rule. But I am the new President-elect for my local chapter and had to speak this weekend--albeit briefly--at our October mini-conference. I was a little nervous but not as nervous as I thought I would be. I figure I'll just do my best and if no one likes it they can elect someone else for pres.

    Great article! You did fine.