"Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak. Probably so we can think twice.” ~ Bill Watterson
Yesterday I had my first-ever telephone interview about my books and my writing. It was with the "Living" Editor at my hometown newspaper (the hometown where I grew up, not where I currently live). It was weird! I did have an interview appear in another local paper, a few months back, but the editor just sent the question via email and I sent them back. At my leisure. When I could think through my responses and reread and reword them if I wanted to.
With this, I just had to think on my feet and answer her questions...and of course when we finished and hung up I thought of at least 2 things I wanted to say differently. Or add. Or delete altogether. But I don't know the etiquette for that sort of thing. I don't think you're supposed to call back up and say "Oh, by the way, you know when I was rambling on about what I would do if I actually appeared on Oprah? Well..."
And it wouldn't be such a big deal if it weren't going to appear in the local paper of the town where I grew up. I mean, I don't even live there anymore, so it's not like I have to read it and see it and hear people in the grocery store talking about it. But at the same time, it's a pretty small town, and a lot of the kids I grew up with are now adults raising their own kids there...and if you know anything about how people talk and remember things in small towns, then...
We'll see. I think it went well overall. She didn't really ask me anything I couldn't answer. And I have to be better at letting go of what's done and gone and what I can't control. Aargh. I'll let you know how it turns out!