I receive an email:
I saw your book. It’s fantastic. And it’s now on Kindle. You’re going to be famous! Can we meet for coffee? I’d like to interview you.
Octavia? I scratch my head for a moment or two and then I smile. The email must be from Octavia Latte, the most famous book reviewer on the Internet. Octavia has the power to make or break an author. And she wants to interview me!
What sort of questions will Octavia ask me? Perhaps I should get prepared, jot down a few notes.
I start typing…
What’s your name?
Any relation to Elvis Presley?
No, but I am married to a superstar: Andy Elvis.
How old are you?
I’m about 30 on the inside. (My outside is looking a bit older.)
Where do you live?
In a brick house surrounded by gum trees in a village in Australia.
How many children do you have?
More than I expected. And less than I expected. I have 7 living children. Thomas died when he was one day old. And I never got to meet my other 7 babies. They died far too soon.
More than you expected?
Oh yes, once upon a time, I had my own ideas about my life. I wanted to be in total control of it. I thought I’d have, maybe, three or four children… But unexpectedly I had more. Somehow a lot of unexpected things happened. For example, I never expected to become a Catholic.
Yes, I said I’d never become a Catholic. Somehow I did. But don’t let that put you off. I’m really quite normal. Well, actually I’m not. But I’ll get to that in a moment.
What are you passionate about? What do you like to do?
Writing. I love it. Except for those times when I hate it. When inspiration disappears and my words stop singing, I say, “I’m never going to write again!” But I always do. Somehow I can’t give it up. I might be addicted.
What do you write about?
I write about what I know: my family, my life. Sometimes I turn that into children’s fiction, like my novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek. Other times, I just share personal stories on my blogs. I especially like to write about unschooling.
Unschooling? Isn’t that a bit weird? Are you a bit weird?
Oh yes, definitely! But I love being this way. So does my family. Why be like everyone else? Actually, I’d like everyone to unschool. I suppose we wouldn’t be different if everyone joined us. But that’s okay. I want everyone to experience the love and joy of this way of life. That’s why I blog about it…
Words are flowing. I’ve got lots to say. Then…
I hear a ‘ding!’ An email notification! Perhaps it’s Octavia again. I smile. I open my inbox.
I got the wrong book. And the wrong Sue. I won’t be interviewing you after all. Sorry about the mix-up,
The wrong book? The wrong Sue? I’m not going to be famous? My heart sinks to the bottom of my boots. But after a moment or two, I sigh with relief. How would I have coped with fame? All those parties and other publicity events. I shudder at the thought. You see, I’m an introvert. Yes, fame just wouldn’t have suited me.
But what about my writing? Don’t I want people to read it? Oh yes, I do. Do you think, even without fame, people might read my books? You never know. Perhaps someone will read one of my books and enjoy it. She might tell someone else, who might tell someone else…