Wow. I’m feeling like I’ve accomplished something here. It’s Monday morning, and I’m writing my blog. I really do want to get back to doing this every week, and life is being accommodating.
There’s something truly terrifying about doing a public appearance as an author. It’s not much different than stage fright, really. Here’s a situation where people are coming just to meet you, talk with you, ask you questions about the story you wrote. And you really don’t want to disappoint them.
In 11 days, I have the opportunity to chat with a book club about ‘Mark of the Successor’. While the participants may be inmates, it doesn’t bother me. They still read, think, and I’m really excited about the questions they might ask me about Lily and the other characters in that book.
The nightmares have started, though. I had one the other night. I had transportation issues, making me an hour late for the event. Then, I completely forgot what book they’d read and started to talk about another one. And no one had a single question for me.
That’s the big fear. That your work was so boring that no one cares about the characters. No one wants to know what happened next. There’s no interest in what else you’ve written, your process, or how you found the courage to submit your work in the first place.
So, I’m asking all of you for a little help. Do you have any questions about ‘Mark of the Successor’? Who was your favorite character? Which one did you love to hate? Was there any scene in particular that stood out to you and made you stop and go ‘wow..did not see that coming’? If so, leave a comment and I’ll answer it. I really need the practice, so keep asking!