Friday, August 15, 2014

My First Interview as an Author


It's official: I'm a writer. The cat is out of the bag in my neighborhood. The local newspaper, the Hyde Park Herald, did an author interview with me due to me becoming the Hemingway writer-in-residence. They even sent a photographer and ran it on the first page. A few people have stopped my husband on the street and told him he's got a famous wife. (I'll bask in that one while it lasts!)

So now, whenever I introduce myself and someone asks, "So what do you do?" I better say, "I'm a writer." I do that most of the time anyway, but it took me a long time to get to that. It was easier to say, "I teach English composition," because then the follow-up question was, "where do you teach?" rather than, "so what do you write?" or, "where have you been published?"

For some reason, I don't have a pat answer yet to the question what I write, and while I can rattle off a nice list of publications, it still feels awkward to do this. Similarly, it felt awkward to answer the journalist's questions on why I write what I write. But I have to say that overall this was a good first interview experience, and with practice I'm sure I'll get better versed in this packaging myself as a writer.


6 comments:

  1. Enjoyed this, Annette, and it gave me an idea for my post today. :) Thank you!

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    1. Nancy, I'm heading over to check out your post!

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  2. Great interview, Annette. You're a natural. Nice that they included a plug for our book. Now I need to get back to writing so I can call myself a writer. :)

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  3. Jennifer, all you gotta do to call yourself a writer is to write, right?

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  4. Good for you. Thanks for including the link!

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