A couple of weeks ago my agent emailed me some interview questions for "First Edition" magazine. I spent hours answering the questions, emailed them back to her and then got on with something else (probably organising my Virtual Book Tour!).
I'd almost forgotten about the interview until I checked my email earlier today. An ex-colleague had sent me a message to say he'd seen a copy of the magazine and my name was on the front cover. A quick check of their website revealed he wasn't kidding.
I had my first ever interview with a journalist this week - a journalist from a very, very popular woman's magazine! I have to admit I was poo-ing my pants a little bit as I watched the clock on my laptop count down the minutes until she was due to ring and I started to worry that maybe I'd give away a terrible secret or she'd twist my words and publish some fabricated story about my route to publication like
"I bedded half of London's literary agents before I got signed"
"I signed my publishing deal in pig blood" *
(and they say writers have over-active imaginations).
I needn't have worried. The journalist was really lovely, didn't ask me a single dodgy question and made all the right noises (i.e. interested uh-huhs rather than snores) when I gave her the background information she'd asked for.
The Virtual Blog Tour seems to be coming along nicely with most people now signed up for a date (if you haven't please scroll down to the previous blog post) and I've received lots of fab interview questions. Thank you all! Now there's just the small *ahem* matter of answering them all and writing ten or twelve guest posts. Eeek!
I gave myself this weekend off promotional stuff and got stuck into editing novel 2 instead. I've got just over two months to get it as perfect as possible, ready to hand over to my editor on 1st December, and am trying not to freak out about the fact I haven't even finished the first edit yet (my first novel had at least 3 or 4 edits before I tried to get an agent!).
I've got 6 days annual leave left this year. I think I'm going to need them.
*Of course the interview won't be published for a while yet so I could still open the magazine to read one of the headlines above. But I hope not!