Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Keepin' It in Perspective

I like what I do and, frankly, most people are pretty impressed when you tell them you're a published author. While I've encountered some snobbery about the fact that I write romance novels, it's not as common as one is occasionally led to believe.

Yesterday, I did a radio interview at the local NPR station. Jeffrey Callison is a terrific interviewer. Smart, funny, smooth, and honestly, not too hard on the eyes, either. When I told everyone at my day job that I'd need to be late yesterday because I was being interviewed, they were all so impressed.

Then I got to the station . . . I walked into the green room to wait my turn and plopped down on the couch next to a woman who was already waiting. We introduced ourselves. I asked her what she did. She is the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Yep. She spends her days prosecuting the people who use rape as a weapon of war. Talk about impressive!

Anyway, a little dose of humility is probably healthy for all of us. I had mine yesterday. After she told me what she did, I told her "I wrote a vampire book."

She looked at me for a second and then we both burst out laughing. It was a great moment and one I'll keep in mind any time my head starts getting a little too big to fit through doorways.

That all said, click here if you want to listen to the interview. My part starts about halfway through. Also, if anyone out there is northern California, stop by the Borders in Davis tonight between 7 and 9. Have a glass of Vampire wine and a snack and help me celebrate the release of Don't Kill the Messenger!


Maureen McGowan said...

Eileen! Congrats on the interview and I can't wait to listen. Color me impressed :)

And as for the importance of what we do? We entertain people and no matter what else they've got going on in their lives, everyone can use a little entertainment in their lives.

Molly O'Keefe said...

OMG! What a story - I'm glad you both were able to laugh!

You sound great on the interview Eileen - smart and personable - if I didn't know you I'd want to know you.

I so wish I was there to raise a glass with you - congrats and good luck at the launch party!!!

Wendy Marcus said...

I'm not much into vampires and all but I see you mentioned serving vampire wine at your event. Did you know Hot Topic sells the True Blood drink? I just did a quick search and you can get a knock off, Tru Blood, via the Internet. The salesperson at Hot Topic said their version tastes like orange soda. Just thought maybe you'd be interested. Hope your signing went well.

Sinead M said...

Eileen, great story. The interview is wonderful.

Alli said...

That's funny! Congrats on the interview - very cool, indeed. And I agree with Maureen regarding the importance of our job.

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