Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the radio about my book, The Unraveling of Abby Settel. Nikita Robinson of HOTT 107.5 Bermuda invited me on her Book Club Hour to talk about the book as a prelude to her announcement that it is December’s choice for the Book Club. (Woo hoo!!)
When the interview date was arranged a month ago, I had asked Nikita if she had questions for which I could prepare answers. Her reply was no, she preferred to do it on the fly and let my responses be spontaneous. This gave me a moment’s pause, but I shrugged off any apprehension this might have generated. I mean, I know my topic.
In the week leading up to the interview, I was hit with a very bad virus–sinusitis, fever, chesty cough. I became anxious that I would not recover in time for the interview. Who wants to listen to someone on the radio coughing and croaking? Happily, I awoke yesterday morning feeling lively and energetic, with only the occasional hacking. Before leaving for the radio station, I took a swig of Robitussin and was good to go!
Nikita had a knack for putting me at ease. Although I hadn’t been nervous up to that point, once I sat in the studio while waiting for my turn, listening to her speak into the microphone, seeing all the electronic equipment, I was suddenly hit with the jitters. But Nikita chatted with me while the music was playing and soon I was comfortable in the environment.
I took my place in front of a big microphone, Nikita brought me a glass of water (thank goodness, because just before we started I had a coughing fit!), and we were off. I was there for the whole “Book Club Hour,” and Nikita and I would talk about the book between song sets and promo ads. I warmed to my topic, expanded my answers, and all in all, had a great time. It was heartening to talk about Abby, and what writing the book meant to me, and why it would appeal to readers.
Soon I will receive a recording of the interview and when I do, I will post it on my website, so if you missed it, you’ll be able to listen in.
I’m thrilled that my book is the radio’s book club choice for November, and doing the interview was a blast. I didn’t expect to ever be on a radio show. Thank you Nikita, for this wonderful opportunity.
Have you ever been a part of something you never imagined?