Monday, June 25, 2012

Don't think I even mentioned the book title

I was early in town so I called into Waterstone's to see if I could find my book. I did: it's on the shelves and the title is facing outwards (as opposed to the spine) so that's good but they still have all 5 copies that I took in originally so that wasn't good. I was tempted t move one copy onto the Beach Reading table but there was an assistant tidying shelves just next to me and I'm not good enough an actress to make it look as if it were by accident.

Anyway, I arrived at the studio and a sound engineer let me in and settled me down. He was very reassuring but then disappeared as he had something else to do. Leaving me, in the studio, to pretend to do the traffic report and sing a song ... before noticing the security camera.

Roy (see how I'm on first names terms with nationally-known radio presenters?) (admittedly nationally meaning Wales isn't that famous) was very easy to chat to and I came away thinking it had been a success: at least I'd only lost the thread of my sentence before the end on only one occasion. I put my sunglasses on before leaving the premises in case the paparazzi were outside and I didn't want to be recognised.

Then I had to collect George from the kennels and I made the mistake of listening to the rest of the show on the car radio. They had another author on and she was MUCH better than me. I hated her. She was flirting and giggling girlishly. Then I started remembering what I'd said and realising how much rubbish I'd spoken and all the things I hadn't said - and all the things I shouldn't have said.

I've had to eat chocolate.


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Why on earth would you want to have sounded giggly and flirty , instead of grown-up , interesting and amusing ?

Leslie: said...

I agree with SAS - I'm sure you did great...did hubby tape it for you?

Liz said...

No, leslie, he was in derby visiting his dad. Just as well: to have to listen to myself would just add to my horror!

If I'd sounded grown-up, interesting and amusing it would have been okay, sonata. All I remember is saying that I was descended from Lady Godiva!

Anonymous said...


Liz's interview is available to listen here:

Skip to 1:09:25 mark.

I thought you did very well, hope you see those sales on the rise as a result!

Anonymous said...

Clickable interview link

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm sure you did fine. Well done.

James Higham said...

Difficult to get people to read our material. Yours will all sell - let's be positive.

Ole Phat Stu said...

It's radio, woman, not TV!

So you can take a list of things you want to say and cross them off as you go.

Show it to the interviewer beforehand if possible, so they'll know what to ask. After all they want 'their' show to be a success too :-)

It's not like you're a politician, trying to dodge the issues ;-)

Liz said...

Thank you, anonymous! And for the link. I shall share it.

Thanks, welshcakes and James.

That's the trouble, stu: I'm not a politician so I try to answer the questions I'm asked!

Furtheron said...

I'll listen later hopefully - I'm sure it was great and I agree with the first comment why would you want to sound vacuous like that rather than an interesting woman who has a great book to promote. You are doing very well on the promotion front that is one thing I will say, very well indeed.

Trubes said...

Well I thought you were tremendous, so jolly well done Ms Hinds....You'll have to be a Ms, when fame and fortune strikes.
Hurry and send me your details so I can take delivery of this best seller, (I have e-mailed you),,, lol