Well, not all of us of course. There is a wide range of personalities after all involved in writing books. Some are introverts, extroverts, perverts, converts, and a few other ‘verts’ that I can’t seem to find to make my point. Some of what I am trying to say here is that sometimes it is hard to interview an author because of this ‘shyness’. What an author writes in their books isn’t necessarily what they are like in ‘real’ life or even what they would think of becoming. After all, you don’t have to be a murderer to write a murder-mystery (although, it might help, just sayin’). You also don’t have to know love to write a romance. I hope you get my point here.
I think a lot of it stems from being afraid to make a fool of themselves, saying something that might come back to embarrass them either immediately or in the future. Authors and writers like time to gather their thoughts before they put it out there, whether on social media or in person. Sometimes that hesitation can be misinterpreted…as shyness, when really, they are just trying to sound articulate or make a profound statement or even, just to speak up. It doesn’t mean we aren’t friendly or want to socialize but some, those who are introverts, find it exhausting to put themselves out there. Even their books, which may not come out too often (years apart) are due to a lot of hard work that they put into the process, putting themselves and their art out there. It’s not that those who put out more work are less introverted or less shy, they just have different ways of expressing it.
That is one of the reasons I created the Lesfic Reading Group on Facebook, so we can get to know authors and their books. I’ve interviewed at least two hundred authors over the last five years (in this group as well as another) and I must say, I enjoy it. It helps me find out what others are doing, more about them personally, and overall, help me overcome my shyness…believe it or not I can be shy (stop laughing, those of you who think you know better). It’s true, I can be. I put myself out there in the group as the host to question authors and I have to say in the hundreds of authors I’ve interacted with only a couple were disappointing to interview. Most were fun, gracious, and we all learned a lot about them. With over 2000 people in the group there is always someone lurking, perhaps themselves too shy to interact, but they are reading, learning, and absorbing the information we put out there in the interviews.
So if you have a couple of hours, mostly on Saturdays and Sundays, we usually have an interview every other weekend in the group (I do need time off for my own work). Come on in, we don’t bite (hard)
The cool thing is not only can you share your love of lesbian fiction (lesfic), you can get to know some of your favorite authors, sometimes discovering a new favorite (yes, you can read more than one author). Definitely in for a good time as we explore the minds, the lives, and the books of these authors! Come on in, we’re waiting for your suggestions about who we should read, interview, and definitely your recommendations. The Lesfic Reading Group. It’s done IN the group itself, typed up, so it’s best if you can participate on a computer…come on, it’s fun!