Last week I was interviewed by a local newspaper of a neighboring town. I wasn't interviewed as a writer, but as a person in our community. The question was "what draws folks to small towns." A friend of mine was also interviewed for her involvement with the organization called Friends of the Library. I was at this interview to support her upcoming project on Valentine's Day, a Victorian Tea. The benefits made from this project will help fund the children's department in our library.
I answered questions as best I could, keeping a positive twist on living in our small community. A few days later the paper's photographer stopped by the library to take pictures. That's when it hit me; I never talked about my writing career to the correspondent. I spoke of the nice, safe commuity I live in, the wonderful people, the many great organizations and churches, but not about my writing. This paper has a circulation of about 4,000 - 5,000 daily. My article would be a part of their weekend "hometown" section. I'd just given up a perfect opportunity to blow my own horn and I never mentioned the tiniest comment about being an author.
The article came out last Saturday as promised. I received lots of comments about being in the paper and what good things I said about Earlville. Then the questions came, "I thought youw were a writer ..." "I was expecting to hear about your next book..."
So my question is, how should I have worked the topic of being a writer into the conversation? Or was it okay not to wave the flag of oh, did I mention I'm an author? Part of me wishes I had spoken up, the other part is rather proud I focused on the topic and let my personal agenda stay quiet.
What would you do if if this happened to you?
Til next time ~