By Maggie James
On Tuesday of this week, I did my first radio interview. A fascinating experience, and a very positive one! Boy, was I nervous! If anyone had asked me beforehand whether I'd be apprehensive, I'd have replied, 'No - bring it on!' Turns out I was wrong...
My interview was to take place at 12.30pm on Tuesday May 12 with Steve Yabsley from BBC Radio Bristol. After I arranged the date, I put it out of my mind. As it grew nearer, though, worry edged into my thinking. What have I done? How will it go? Eek!
On the day itself, my nerves didn't abate. Paranoia about car failure or other calamities ensured I arrived at the BBC studios way too early. As I listened to the show go out on air, Steve mentioned me, telling his audience he'd be interviewing a local novelist about her 'scary books' later. I couldn't help but smile; he sounded so pleasant, so natural, and my nervousness abated a little. One thing was for sure; this was happening, and soon! Yikes!
At 12.20pm, Steve's assistant, Simon, came to fetch me from the waiting area. At 12.30, whilst the traffic report went out on air, Steve emerged from the studio, smiling a warm welcome and showing me inside. My nerves melted away. I was ready.
Once inside, my gremlins didn't get a chance to return. Steve showed me to my seat and within seconds we were under way. He'd already requested a paperback copy of my latest book, The Second Captive, for us to discuss. The interview covered much more, though. We talked about my former careers as an accountant and nutritional therapist, what books I read as a child, and my extended trip to South America. We discussed the inspiration for my novels, the reason I write dark fiction, and why I base my books in Bristol.
Before I knew it, we were done. I don't remember much about the interview; my concentration was so focused on my role in the 'hot seat' that the details are a blur. I've not listened to the playback, but I've been told everything went fine and that I sounded good.
Afterwards, Steve was very helpful, advising me I should approach producers about getting my books adapted for television. What a great idea! It's worth a shot - and I'd love to see 'The Second Captive', or any of my novels, on the small screen.
Why did I get so nervous? I'm not sure. Who doesn't like talking about themselves to a captive audience? One thing's certain- I'm delighted I seized this opportunity. I worked through my fear and next time I'll be fine. Bring it on!
If you'd like to listen to the interview, it's available via this link. I'm on after approximately thirty minutes.
Inspiration, my time in Bolivia, and why I write dark fiction
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