I had asked my friend, the wonderful Dennis Bova, to help me put up flyers for my upcoming Author Reading in book stores libraries around town. When we met about it, he asked if he should also try and get me on WTOL Your Day, the local morning news show. He’s a retired newspaperman, and knows the right people to contact. I said that would great, thinking, yeah right. Next you can ask the New York Times Book Review to do a spread.
Two days later I woke up to an email, saying I was booked for Monday, December 16. Unbelievable.
I arrived at the studio and was ushered over to a waiting area with couches. A woman came over, set me up with a body mic, then left again. I waited, expecting some kind of pre-interview from a producer, until it slowly dawned on me that wasn’t happening. They just came up to me at one point and said, okay we’re ready for you now.
I was led into the studio and introduced to Amanda, the host. I sat down, and she started telling me about how she did theatre in high school. Good, I thought, she’ll get it. Then the guy behind the camera said, 15. Is that what I think it is? Amanda kept talking as he said 10, then 5, 4, 3, and then she was on camera.
I had no idea what she was going to ask, but I felt like I did a pretty good job of thinking on my feet and saying the right things. A third of the way in, I remembered to focus on not slouching. I kept waiting for her to ask about the reading, which was supposed to be the reason I was there, but she kept talking about the book and then it felt like we were wrapping up. I quickly got in a plug, and just like that it was over. They all said I did well. Then I went in to work.
Everyone at WTOL was super nice, and it was so amazing to have that experience.