Author Interview Tips for Newbies

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When I published Blood Bonds: Stories from The Lily and Quinn Series early this month, I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I have been published traditionally in anthologies, this was the first time I have gone it alone.

I have been doing my best to get the word out on my social media platforms, and was wondering what else I could do. The answer came to me one morning when I woke up to find a Facebook message from a reporter at the local newspaper. We went to school together and she noticed my posts about being published, and asked if I wanted to do an interview.

I knew I’d say yes but I needed to call my friend and writing buddy Sherry D. Ramsey for advice. Of coarse, she let out a ‘yes!’ when I asked if I should do it. I replied back to Erin, saying I would do the interview. She was excited and said she’d be calling for an interview in a few hours.

Aside from thinking about feeling like an impostor, I kept thinking of the worst. What if I came off like an idiot? What if I was misquoted? What if she asked me something and I didn’t know how to respond? But, in the end, everything went off well. And I am really pleased how it turned out. Here’s what I did before hand:

Deep breaths: Simple, I know, but there are times when we forget to breath. Focusing on those deep breaths also helps as a distraction from negative thoughts.

The story: I went over different things in my head about the book. Why I self published, what I liked about my characters, when I started the series, etc… Having answers in my head made me feel prepared.

The questions every writer gets: Why do you write? Where do you get your ideas? When did you first start writing? These are things many authors get asked and I tried to think of as many as I could. Again, I was trying to prep as much as I could.

Positive thoughts: My husband, Sherry and a couple of other friends I told were happy and excited for me. The exposure would help get the word out. I reminded myself I may get a book or two sold because of this but also: as a writer, especially in a small community, it tends to feel lonely. (Thank goodness for my writers group!) So, I also thought letting the community know  about another writer was a good thing. There are more writers then people realize in Cape Breton. We have lots of talent here, including those who write. Sometimes I feel we are in the shadows. I tried to focus on the positive and remind myself that I got this.

I was very excited this week to read my interview.

It turned out very well and I am very happy with it. So, if you get asked to to an interview for a newspaper or blog, do it! And each time you say yes to an interview, it will get easier each time. Those nerves will go away. Or mostly, at the very least.

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Writing Life: That Old Impostor Feeling

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Impostor Syndrome.

Something my writing friends and I sometimes talk about. And more recently, something I have felt for the first time.

As I posted not long ago, I recently self published my e-book Blood Bonds: Stories from the Lily and Quinn Collection. I was pretty excited about it. I took short stories I had previously published in other anthologies plus a new story I wrote this year and put it into my book. Two of my friends really encouraged me to do so and helped me with the process. I couldn’t have done it without them.

I was feeling pretty good about it all. (Still am, I should add). But last week I felt something as a writer I had never felt before: feeling like an impostor. Like I was a fake in a world with real writers. Trying to pass myself as something I wasn’t.

A girl I had known since elementary works for the local newspaper. She’s on my Facebook and noticed my posts about my book She reached out to me, asking if I wanted to do an interview about it. After my initial shock and calling one of my friends, I replied to her and said yes, I would love to.

But as I waited for her to call me for the interview, seeds of doubt started to kick in.

Why was she interviewing me? I’m not worthy of this. She should be talking to Sherry. She’s a real writer after all. It’s just a little ebook, nothing crazy like an epic novel about to be turned into a movie. Seriously though why me? I’m not worthy of this attention, am I?

It isn’t a good feeling when you’re happy about something and negative thoughts crowd your head. But, I worked through it. I had the phone interview and felt really good afterwards. And those negative thoughts were gone. I am a real writer, she wanted to do a piece on my book because she thought it was interesting and I deserved it. I wrote the stories, nobody else. And bonus: my book will get some free advertising. 😉

She came the next day for my photo, and I think in the next day or two my interview will be in the paper. I will be sure to cut it out and save it, something else to add to my writer scrapbook.

When have you felt like an impostor? How have you handled it?

If you’re interested in grabbing your copy and diving into the world of Lily and Quinn, you can get your copy of Blood Bonds over here.