My First Interview as a Writer is Over

And I feel like a dork.  😛

Basically, the video interview with Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn (via Skype) was about my experience and tips as an author.  There will be a video and a podcast available in the undetermined future.   I’d like to be giving workshops on self-publishing and book promotion in one to three years, so this was great experience.   Joanna was really nice and did help put me at ease.  It wasn’t talking to her that had me all worked up.  It was knowing this is going out into the public that freaked me out.  But you have to start somewhere, and I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s better to go out there and totally bomb than to let fear hold you back.  And so, I was very happy to get this opportunity.

I do feel like all my answers were stupid, that I talked funny, that I looked funny, and that I rambled on (which I tend to do when nervous).  I’ll post the interview when it’s up, of course, but I know I’ll be cringing through the whole thing.  It’s really weird to watch and listen to yourself. 

Questions brought up included:

What I write

How I’m so prolific when I have kids

How my first draft blog works

How I use social networking with an introverted personality

My tips on selling books

How Kindle compares to Smashwords

Where people can find me (and I flubbed at the self-published author’s lounge url because one of my kids was distracting me at the time; fortunately, this was at the end of the interview)

Note: Someone did come over to watch my two kids.  One isn’t in school anymore until kindergarten but the kindergartener was home today because of a stomach bug.  (And yes, now I get to wait for the other three to get it.  I currently have it.  This happened to us last April and lasted until the middle of May.  All I can say is that Spring is no longer my favorite time of year.)  I’m looking forward to summer.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out
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6 Responses to My First Interview as a Writer is Over

  1. Rose Gordon says:

    I was hoping you’d post about your interview! I was really excited about it for you yesterday. I’m sure you did fine. Get well (and your kids, too, of course)

    • Thanks, Rose. I am excited to see and hear the interview but also dreading it at the same time because I will pick up on all my mistakes (even though others probably won’t). It’s like when we had school pictures taken. We looked at our picture and thought, ‘Oh no! My hair was parted the wrong way. My shirt wasn’t straight. My smile was crooked.’ But no one else picked up on those things and thought we looked just fine.

      I owe you an email which I hope to write tomorrow. Tonight I have a headache and words to put in for my first draft blog. I don’t know if I’ll even be coherent, but I’ll try.

      • Rose Gordon says:

        I’m sure you did fine, but I know how you feel about when you watch it you’ll feel like a dork. Didn’t I tell you that’s why you’ll not be finding a picture of me on the Internet?

        No worries about the e-mail, I know you’re probably far busier than I am! Anyway, I’ve got chocolate to keep me company tonight (had my first sort-of book bashing). I guess that’s just yet another author milestone.

        • I wondered why there was no picture of you, but then I figured you’re probably a shy person. 😀

          Sorry to hear about the email. It does seem to be a milestone, but I wish it wasn’t. Chocolate is a must in that situation.

  2. You talked fine and sounded fine and I thought ti was quite good, so there :p

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