(Author photo on the couch: ready to write, ready to sleep . . . take your pick)
I have enjoyed several speaking engagements, interviews, and book signings of late. But, although I have been a public speaker for over thirty-five years, these things still make me uncomfortable, especially TV and radio interviews. I hate speaking into a microphone in a vacant studio, for example, and I've never grown comfortable in front of a camera lens.
Where I am most comfortable is here . . . in front of a blank page of paper or a Word.doc screen with a flashing cursor.
Having said that, it is always an interesting and engaging experience meeting the public. I do enjoy people and the conversations, and some are, to say the least, fascinating.
At a book signing last week, for example, one lady approached the table at Barnes & Noble and studied the various books/titles that were displayed between us. She looked at my name on the book covers, looked at me, and then said, "I've never heard of any of these book titles, but I have heard of you."
"How so?" I asked.
"Well," she answered, "aren't you that guy who never sleeps?"
I laughed and then said, "I can assure you that I do sleep. But I do write late into the night and often rise early of a morning to write . . . and there are times when I do work all night to meet a deadline. But that's most writers. I do sleep."
Of course, she wasn't interested in purchasing one of my books, but she was fascinated by the moniker. Guy who never sleeps. Gotta remember that one. Perhaps I should use that as my handle--GWNS. It would make an easy business card or a text handle.
A lot easier to remember than the book titles and my name.