Once Rebecca sent out five PR releases to promote my book on my behalf, she warned me that this will likely not be fruitful, but it was a great start. I was hardly prepared to receive an e-mail from Rebecca just four days later indicating that Elaine Houston would like to speak to me on Memorial Day via telephone to interview me about my book.
Elaine Houston is our local news anchor at WNYT. I watch her every evening that I watch the news. She is about as real to me as Oprah Winfrey – someone you love and watch with great dedication but you never really dream you will be able to meet her.
I read the e-mail from Rebecca, and I read it again. I sat dumbfounded at the screen of my computer as if I have forgotten how to comprehend the English language, because it is just not sinking in. So I read the e-mail out loud. That helped.
I bolted out of my chair and ran through the house like a screaming banshee – “Elaine Houston, wants to interview me, Elaine Houston wants to interview me!” My six year old son gets so excited and joins in by yelling jumping and running through the house as well. Understandably, my husband has no idea what is going on. Neither did my son, but he was just excited for the license to act like a dork since Mommy was doing it. What a sight.
I settle down, and then call Rebecca so we can be excited together. She makes sure that I understand though – that this is no guarantee. This is just a telephone interview and does not equate to a television spot.
So now the pressure is on… I must sound halfway intelligent which is so hard to do when you are nervous.
Despite a stuttering start on my part, it went well. So well in fact, that Elaine Houston asked if she could come to my home with a camera crew to interview me on camera!
When I called Rebecca that night – she threw caution to the wind. She finally gave me the permission to be excited.
Boy oh boy, I sure was.