Do you like author interviews?
I’ve been interviewed about my writing before, but it’s always been audio-only.
I built the whole thing up in my head as something kind of terrifying. It was on video, after all, and, well…once it’s out there, it’s out there forever. It’s hard to hide from the evidence when they have your voice *and* your face. But it ended up not being scary at all, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t say anything hugely embarrassing. Probably. Which, let’s face it, was a huge relief. Nobody wants to walk away from an interview thinking that it was one of the top five worst experiences of their life.
So, kudos to the story chat team for not being too terribly frightening. Or, you know, for being warm, friendly, gracious, welcoming, etc. 😊
That whole experience got me to thinking, though, about the things that we build up in our minds in different ways – for good or for bad. If I was going to write about something like this, I think…hm…
- She’s going to her high school reunion. Nobody even noticed her in high school. She was invisible. But she’s done something spectacular with her life. Maybe she runs her own mega company, is an award-winning artist, or has served overseas on humanitarian missions and has become a major spokesperson for helping the underprivileged. Anyway – she goes to her reunion thinking she’ll finally get the recognition she craved growing up, only…she doesn’t. Nobody really remembers her or cares about what she’s done, and it’s a complete letdown. As she’s leaving, she finally accepts the fact that other people’s praise is never going to satisfy her and reaches that point where she’s ready to rest in Christ, to accept that His acknowledgement is all she needs, and that He is enough for her. Then, as she waits for the ride share to pick her up and take her back to her hotel… Obviously, this is where she runs into the guy. 😉
- She dated him in college, and he was a complete jerk. She had thought she could change him, but he kept playing the field. Even though he told her she was his one and only, she kept hearing stories about him with other women. As far as she’s concerned, he’s a first-class ogre (in personality, not looks – this is romance after all, not fantasy). Then she runs into him one day years later. Maybe at a wedding. That would be fun, right? The only thing is, he’s nothing like she remembers, and all her dreams of throwing a drink in his face and stomping off in her stiletto heels go up in flames. He’s decent and kind and doesn’t seem to have any idea what she’s talking about when she hints at his infidelity. Hm. Something weird is definitely going on here. What’s a girl to do when the monster ex turns out like he might be a guy-next-door nice guy?
- It’s her first day at the new job. She’s worked hard her whole life to get here. It might not be glamorous or somebody else’s idea of a dream job, but it’s what she’s always wanted to do. Her first day is going to be perfect – quiet, ordinary, and what most people would consider boring. To her, though? Pure bliss. Only, in the cafeteria for lunch on that perfectly ordinary first day, she bumps into somebody, and the chicken salad from her sandwich ends up on the front of his bespoke suit. And that’s just the start of the tailspin her life dives into at the new job she expected to be commonplace and a little bit dull.
Obviously, those are all fictional ideas.
What about you, though? Have you ever built something up to be a certain way in your mind only for it to turn out completely differently? Was it different in a good way or a hard way? Or maybe both? Tell me in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to receive an Amazon gift card.
And if you’d like to check out my Story Chats interview about Olive, you can find it here. Like I said, it was fun. I might even do something like that again sometime – hopefully with less hyperventilating ahead of time. 🤪