On Saturday, January 24, 2015, I had the privilege of waking up before the crack of dawn in order to attend a 8:20 am interview on Fox 2 News Detroit. I’ll admit that I was very excited and nervous – my stomach was in so many knots that I couldn’t even eat breakfast! (Luckily my mom and I stopped for bagels on the way home from the interview.)
Everyone at the studio was really nice. I got to spend some time in a dressing room known as “the Green Room”, and I had a microphone fitted to me. Finally, I was lead to the room where the morning news is filmed. I was seated in front of some cameras and I was so anxious that I barely spoke a word that morning. As I sat in that chair during the commercial break, I just closed my eyes, took deep breaths, tried to calm down, and prayed.
Thankfully, in August of 2013 I took a class hosted by media expert Shawne Duperon called “Media Boot Camp”, which prepared me well for this interview.
The only thing I can say to explain how it felt is this: while I was being interviewed, I did not allow myself to think about how this was live, or about how if I messed up, I’d look like a fool in front of a huge audience. (It didn’t help that the day before the interview, my friend showed me a video clip of a Drake & Josh episode where Josh totally messes up giving the weather report on live TV, and said, “This is gonna be you!” She was totally kidding, of course.) Instead of thinking about all of those things, I tried to be fully present, just answering the interview questions as they came. And somehow, it all worked out. You can view the full interview here.
Once the interview was over and we’d stopped for Tim Horton’s, my mom and I headed to Ecco Family Bookstore for the afternoon. From noon until 4pm I had a book signing, and tons of people came in – ranging in age from elementary school kids to retired adults – to talk to me, ask me questions about writing and publishing, and grab a copy of my books. It was incredible. Talking to the kids was the best part of my day, for sure. It’s astonishing how many children and teens are interested in writing, whether it be a hobby or a career. Reading is so important, and I’m proud to share my love of books with others. You can view photos of my day here.
That’s why, for the month of March, I’ll be travelling to different libraries, middle and high schools in the Metro-Detroit area, giving creative writing workshops and speeches to promote literacy. March is National Reading Month, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make an impact on my community. For more information on my programs, or to schedule event, please see Inspire Your Audience.