I’m just coming off the marvelous rush of speaking on the radio about STRONG AT THE HEART. Live radio interviews are the polar opposite of a writer’s usual experience. Radio is more like white water canoeing or maybe surfing.
On radio there is no opportunity to ponder, edit, rethink and polish. You are totally in the moment, focused on the interviewer and the questions that come at you—some of them totally unexpected…
During the first interviews early last week I just worked at staying upright and not falling into a deluge of words, or worse, dead air. I was lucky to have good hosts and, with a little experience, I found my balance.
On Saturday, I spoke with Dr. Mike Roizen on his show You: The Owner’s Manual which is broadcast by Health Radio network to 25 stations nationwide.
He and his cohost, Jim Graham, were both incredibly enthusiastic about STRONG, which was so sweet to hear. There were technical difficultiesâ€”the people in the studio and I could hardly hear Dr. Mike, who, like me, was calling in by phone. We ended up speaking over each other at times. (The engineer got the sound balance right, though, as the show went out.)
You can hear that interview on line at Health Radio Network. Look for the show dated 2005-11-05. You can use the slider to get to the interview, which starts 2/3 of the way into the hour.
On Monday morning, I drove to Ferndale, CA, to be interviewed on KHUM by Cliff Berkowitz on his Monday Morning Motown show.
Cliff established KHUM (Radio without the Rules) in 1996. He is the author of the Stop the Violence campaign which began in 1990 when he was a consultant to WPGC in Washington, D.C., and has spread to an unknown number of other stations.
Stop the Violence is a grass roots effort by radio stations to educate their communities about violence and to encourage people to take responsibility to stop violence in their own lives. They address everything from domestic abuse to gang violence and hate crimes. You can hear more about the campaign, via the internet or podcast, at KHUM’s site.
Our interview on STRONG AT THE HEART is on that same page, a little further down under my name.
By the next interview on Mondayâ€”KHSU’s Homepage with Bonnie Johnsonâ€”I had hit my stride. It was so much fun to be in the studio with her. It’s not that you relax, because with radio, like canoeing and surfing, you have to stay totally alert and in the moment. But I felt at ease in that space. It was sheer pleasure to talk with a bright and curious person about the work that is my passion.
As Bonnie and I talked, the studio phone was ringing off the hook. Afterwards, people emailed me through this website. What a great feeling to have reached out, been heard, and to hear back from listeners.
The whole radio experience was made infinately more comfortable and fun because my friend and fellow writer Rashida Smith helped me prepare. She gave me sound advice and coached me through questions that we thought I might be asked. Thanks, Ras!
book launch party
Plans for the party this Friday are coming together. Tamra Tafoya of Celebrations Catering hurt her back and the food situation looked grim for a few beats. But good friends stepped in to carry out her original plan. Thank you, Tanya, Eileen, Queteria, and Kari!
If you are in the Arcata, CA, area, please join us for the launch party and book signing at Northtown Books, 957 H Street, this Friday between 7-9. The event is a benefit for CASA of Humboldt. Volunteers from that organization will be on hand to answer questions. They provide a voice in court for kids who have been abused.