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A week ago, I was interviewed by the local newspaper. One of my co-workers set it up for me. (Thanks Michelle!) She sent an email to the reporter, and within a couple hours, that reporter was messaging me.
I had no idea what to expect. Sure, it's a small town, but it's definitely a BIG deal! To me, at least. What would I say? What would she ask? There were a thousand worries running through my mind, but my family and friends have been so supportive, they helped me relax. Instead of the intense anxiety I would normally experience, I was actually looking forward to the interview.
The interview took only about 30 minutes, and was very pleasant. She asked great questions, and some funny ones. My favorite was when she asked if I was a vampire! Just because I write about them, doesn't mean I am one. I got a good laugh out of that, and the rest of the interview was very relaxed.
My first experience with the media has, so far, been great. She has continued to communicate with me, and the first online version was released today. I look forward to seeing the print copy. As much as I love the things technology has given us, I still love holding paper in my hands. That goes for books too. I love my Kindle, but sometimes it's nice to just grab a book off a bookshelf, crack the spine (gently!), and read.
So, if you ever find yourself being approached by a reporter, just RELAX! And be thankful for the gift they are giving you, of getting your name out there! I, for one, am very thankful to my great little town!
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