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Monday Meandering: Interview

Monday, October 02, 2006
As I am only recently recovered from the whole move thing, AND as I am actually writing today, I'm going to direct y'all over to Lynda Hilburn's blog, Paranormality.

She's been interviewing paranormal authors about their First Sale stories and asked some good questions about writing as well as about publicity and marketing. Check out the rest of her blog for other authors.

(I still grin when I call myself an author. It's pretty cool.)
10/02/2006 12:41:00 PM : : Sela Carsen : : 10 Comments


That's a great interview, Sela!

I bought, read and enjoyed NQD. It was really fun and funny! I have to admit, I'm always a bit worried when it comes to funny because it is SO subjective (yes, so are other things, but funny even more so, imo), but I laughed!

So thanks for the fun read.

By Anonymous Jorrie Spencer, at 2:30 PM  

Cool interview indeed.
I have done some interviews for local papers and almost always hear more than the band is playing and end up very nearly getting sued.
Unlike me, who is inclined toward hyperbole, I think Lynda Hilburn has done a very good job.

By Blogger ivan, at 11:02 PM  

Thank YOU, Jorrie! I think I'm finally beginning to believe it. *gg* I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

I find that I enjoy being interviewed, Ivan. I'm consistently amazed at the quality of the questions I'm asked and I frequently have to think very carefully about my answers.

They certainly put this old reporter to shame!

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 12:29 AM  

(I still grin when I call myself an author. It's pretty cool.)

Ain't it a kicker?? :-D

By Anonymous raine, at 3:57 AM  

That is really interesting, Sela.

Back in the days of picking produce in the journalistic vinyards, scuttlebutt used to be that novelists were disfunctional people who couldn't last a day in a newsroom--i.e., not really professional writers.
But then, on my own site, I discover a poetess who may be judged illiterate--until you read and fathom her poetry.
Talent hides in the weirdest places.
Could it be, could it just be, that we are all frustrated TIME Magazine writers?--And TIME has put out some snappers!
Ah well. Tales out of school again.
How many times had I been asked to take a published story and rewrite it, with a new angle?
Kind of getting back into George Boole territory. Zero and one.
No wonder they invented the computer! But a computer ain't writin'. I do like your writin'.


By Blogger ivan, at 6:38 AM  

Well, aren't you sweet!

Truth be told, I didn't last that long in the newsroom. I didn't cover hard news, I had the education beat and wrote a few fluff features. Holidays, interesting people, that sort of thing.

In fact, part of the reason I was let go (yes, I got fired) was because I didn't have that newshound instinct. It was never about my writing.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 11:29 AM  

Got canned myself three times from the Toronto Star (kept sneaking back in).

Egad, this is my fourth time trying to weasel back, at least as a freelancer.

Says one editor, "stay on topic or we'll have to can you again."

I don't think I'm dyslexic: I just seem to talk endlessly about nothing at all.

Good sign in a writer, I used to think.

But you used to have to give the impression of "superior knowledge" back in the old Star days.
I just lied a lot.

Maybe that's why I switched to fiction? LOL.

By Blogger ivan, at 7:05 PM  

I enjoyed reading the interview very much. It's amazing what one can reveal in them, eh? *wg*

By Blogger Tempest Knight, at 10:26 PM  

Truly, a wonderful interview, Sela.
I like how your engaging voice comes through without pretension.

By Blogger Bernita, at 7:52 AM  

Thanks, Tempest and Bernita! I really love doing interviews. Everyone who has interviewed me has made it very comfortable and the questions are like chatting with friends.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 10:46 AM  

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