A looong time ago I interviewed a very smart, funny writer who I will refer to as The Bai, because…well, her name is Amy Bai. She let me test the waters as an interviewer and build my confidence. She helped the Tart hone her keen blade of a mind into a laser-like instrument. (I’d say “scary” laser-like instrument, but then we’re talking about me, so duh. Also, this post is slipping into overwriting…)
Then in January 2010, I used my newfound skillz in an interview with Laura Kinsale — an experience which still makes me dance with delight.
Know what? Mac reminded me I quite like doing interviews. They take a lot of time, given that I’m still on the early part of the learning curve, but it’s amazing to don so many hats with people who intrigue and inspire me. I can play at being a book club member; I can indulge an author crush without being over-the-top stalkery about it; I reap a wealth of information about authorship and industry; and if I do my job, the interviewee might even leave with a fresh appreciation for their own legacy.
Best of all, I get to share it with you.
I don’t know why that makes me supremely happy, but it does. So, peeps, today’s post is to introduce you to the upcoming honorary members of Team Tart. More will follow. These are just the earliest victims volunteers:
The “One of These Things is Not Like the Other” Photo Gallery:
Can you spot the author in this group who writes wrenching women’s fiction, rather than the three who craft novels for middle graders? Hee.*
- So in the next bit, I’ve got some rearranging to do here. I need to sort out my blogroll. (I’ve distinguished between published authors and writing-but-unpublished friends, but happily for all, the lists are commingling and intertwining so that my taxonomy no longer makes sense.)
- I’ll create a place in the sidebar for upcoming interviews and special events.
In the meantime, despite the saws and hammers, please join me here Monday, September 27, 2010 for my interview with Dee Garretson. It’ll be fun. Dee’s the first person who ran the gauntlet of my stringent interview criteria. She passed with flying colors. Also, there will be citrus.
I’ll leave you with one parting question: If you had the opportunity to interview any writing-related person in the world, who would it be, and why?
*That would be one Kathryn Magendie.