Posted on February 23, 2015 in Blog
I got a call on Thursday 19th February from Kevin Hill, one of the producers of the BBC East Midlands Today programme. I was delighted that he was very interested in my writing journey story and my award nominations.
After a couple of short conversations, it was agreed that Kevin would send a reporter and photographer out to our apartment on Friday morning at 10.00 am. Pre-filming would take place there and then I would go into the BBC studios on London Road, Nottingham, for a live interview on the couch with Anne and Dom, on Friday’s programme.
Needless to say, I didn’t sleep too well Thursday evening. I was excited and terrified that this was to be my first time being interviewed about my book on TV!
At 10.00 am sharp, the lovely Carolyn Moses and John the photographer arrived. They immediately put me at ease and for the next two hours, Carolyn and I chatted all about my writing journey and laughed lots, too!
John took lots of shots and filmed me reading an extract from ‘Smart’ out on our balcony, which overlooks the River Trent. The river plays a large part in the setting and also the plot of the book. He also filmed Carolyn and I strolling alongside the river, talking about why my main character, Kieran, spends so much time down at the embankment.
Carolyn and John were with me for just over two hours and I was shocked when Carolyn explained that it usually takes over one hour of filming to produce just over a minute of edited viewing material for the actual programme.
At 5.45pm, Mac and I got a cab into town to arrive at the studios for 6pm. I had emailed Kevin the producer some high-resolution images of the cover of ‘Smart’ and was delighted to see the results on the big screens in the studio when we arrived . . .
Carolyn came down to see us and explained that there would be about a minute and a half of pre-filmed viewing from that morning’s apartment visit and then my live interview would last around two minutes. It was important to stick to answering Anne and Dom’s questions and try not to ramble on too much…no easy task, as I can talk for England and had so much to say!
But the interview went really well. Anne and Dom were so lovely and friendly and before I knew it, my two minutes was up and it was time for the weather!
When I came out of the studios I had so many lovely texts and messages from friends and family, my SMART TV day really was a wonderful experience from start to finish.
The day was rounded off perfectly when we picked up a fish and chip supper and relaxed with a bottle of fizz, watching the recorded programme back at home.
It’s really important for authors – especially new authors – to be willing and able to embrace the different mediums of publicity and media opportunities that can come very suddenly on the back of things like award nominations.
During this last week, I have had to cancel appointments, drop plans at a moment’s notice and overcome nerves and insecurities. I can safely state it has all been worth it and I’m so grateful for the local press and TV support I have been given.
Being an author is certainly about the daily grind of producing new words, the almost constant editing and riding the ‘I am worthy’ new author rollercoaster. But it is also about getting your work out there and putting a face and personality to your novels, talking about your book – and hopefully adding enough interest to attract potential new readers!
Read my interview in the Nottingham Post here