Interviewing subjects for my interview series or for Literary Mama profiles brings me joy. Researching the subjects, crafting the questions, and reading the answers the authors provide—I love all of it. Usually, I feel a connection between me and the subject, and I often learn something new, even if I’ve known the person for a while.
I have yet to publish a novel, so being interviewed has never been on my radar. But several weeks ago, I received this lovely email from Sharon Short, the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News. She started with,
Good morning, Christina!
Congratulations on your new gig with Word’s Worth! I know you’ll be spectacular.Would you be up for an interview for my Literary Life column about this? We can also talk about your Literary Mama work!
For those who don’t know, the Word’s Worth in the email refers to a fabulous local resource for writers of all levels. I took my first fiction workshop there, and I’ll be leading a few classes there later in the year. Small gigs in the grand scheme of things, but I’m honored to be able to share what I’ve learned with writers like myself.
In the email, Sharon went on to ask about possible dates to set up a chat. I told her I had some flexibility, and to choose a date. The date she chose? My birthday. I took it as a good sign. And it was, because she then told me that if all went well, she’d aim to publish the interview on my anniversary. (Now, she had no idea that the dates she chose were remotely special to me, but again, I just took it as a sign that things are looking up.)
And while I don’t usually self-promote, I will today by providing a link to the interview. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking a class through Words’ Worth—I am not the only instructor and they usually have a great line-up—head on over to their site and register. And if you’re just in the market for a good editor or proofreader, feel free to contact me. I’d love to make a connection with you.
Many thanks and Write on, friends.