It was the best of times; it was the worst of times

No, this isn’t going to be political commentary – although it certainly could be.

This is about success. To quote myself, “I really hate success.”

What? Have I finally lost it? Perhaps.

It seems that my most recent book, Fear of Landing, has – with the invaluable help of Mark Violi, the person who produced the book, designed the cover and has been doing publicity – attracted some interest among those Mark calls “the influencers.” One person, who has a radio show called The Last First Date, has asked to interview me about my book.

Good news, right? Sure. And I’ve agreed to a Feb. 21st live radio interview. And now I would very much like to abscond, flee, hide, disapparate – in other words, I wish I could completely avoid this upcoming public dialogue.

I’ve always been a strange combination of outgoing and shy. And, although I have done so many times in my life, there’s a whole lot of nervousness that pervades my being when I have to use my outside voice.

I have a dear friend who is a highly trained public speaker, who has offered to coach me. I will take him up on his offer. Perhaps, under his tutelage, there will be no stuttering or profuse sweating. Perhaps I won’t vibrate like a tuning fork for all to see (this actually happened during the one piano recital I participated in – as a so-called adult).

My shy self has a rather distinct voice; I hear it offering a way out: “Just don’t do it. Cancel. You don’t have to. RUN! RUN!”

So far, I’ve resisted the urge to follow the voice’s advice. But – no promises. If you tune into http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lastfirstdate (I’ll have more clarity about it as we get closer to the date), you can hear the interview. Assuming I don’t chicken out.

Wish me luck!

 

 Look for my new non-fiction book, FEAR OF LANDING, The stories we tell about commitment and their meanings. It’s available on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Landing-stories-commitment-meanings/dp/1539179095/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1476027342&sr=8-3&keywords=karen+krett

Also available on amazon.com is my science fiction novel, RAYMÒN AND SUNSHINE, It’s about the relationship between an autistic man and a female android three hundred years in the future, when what was once seen as a disability is merely a difference. http://www.amazon.com/Raym%C3%B2n-Sunshine-Karen-Krett/dp/0692660887/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461866431&sr=8-1&keywords=krett+sunshine

You can find more information about me and my books at www.karenkrettauthor.com/