Sometimes things don't go the way we plan. Like my appearance on the George Wilder Jr Show on 6th March.
Although I phoned the show minimum 20 times in half an hour, every time getting through and being held in the host queue, I was bidden, “Goodbye" after a few seconds. To communicate with George I tried the Live Chat. It didn't work. I tried leaving comments. It didn't work. I could hear the show intermittently hence I didn't know what was going on. Maybe I got the wrong date? The wrong time? I switched on my laptop to check his confirmation email because of course I couldn’t find it in the dedicated folder. Damn it, I was sure I had printed it.
In the Inbox folder I found a new email from George, asking me where I was. I didn’t think of sending him an email! Actually, I did but thought he wouldn’t have the time to read it during the show, plus I was busy phoning in.
I wrote back and explained what I had experienced and asked him whether it would be possible to reschedule. A few hours later I was up to drive my daughter to school. I went through the day like a zombie. After dinner I decided to have an early night and checked my emails for the last time.
There is was, George’s invitation to his show… for the same evening, 7th March at around 7 pm CST, which meant 1 am GMT. As I couldn’t refuse, I rested for a few hours. That was enough for my synapsis to function again, thank goodness.
The interview was fun. We discussed how to encourage new writers to get started, he asked me about Across Spacetime and after I read an excerpt, he told me, “That sounds great. Thank you for reading that on the George Wilder Jr Show. It’s been a pleasure, it’s been fun, I had a great time. Angela thank you for being on the George Wilder Jr Show once again. I hope you’ll come back some day.” Happy, I thanked him, hung up and went to bed.
Yesterday I listened to the podcast and was stunned when I heard what he said afterwards, “She’s fun, she’s always sweet, and that’s why I have her and she’s a great writer, folks. Check out her writings. Especially her future writings. She’s going to be a famous writer one day and I’m going to say, ‘Wow, she got her start on the George Wilder Jr Show,' and I wish her all the luck in the world."
Call me anytime, George!
My interview starts at 56:45 and finishes at 1:16:47
When just over a month ago I appeared on The George Wilder Jr Show for the first time, I was nervous at the beginning of my interview. Host George’s relaxed style made me feel more and more at ease, so the rest of the interview went fine. Actually, better than fine. After I read an excerpt from Across Spacetime, George said he was mesmerised and wanted more! He must have meant it because a few days afterwards he invited me back to the show.
As you can imagine, I am flattered and thrilled!
I look forward to talking to George and his audience and hope you can join us tonight at 6.30 pm CST (0.30 am GMT). Save the time!
In order to launch my new book “Across Spacetime” in a professional manner (and not to panic!), a few months ago I hired an experienced coach, Louise Crooks. One of the things she encouraged me to do was to appear on radio shows.
Me, talking on the radio? No way!
However, as I was paying for her advice, I decided to give it a go.
We decided that the first interview would be on her radio show and that I had to find other shows interested in having me. I got in touch with various radios and I had positive answers. (Please see the details below.)
What would I talk about in the half an hour the radios hosts have allocated to me? My book is a short read, a science fiction romance and half an hour can be very long if you’ve got nothing to say.
But through a well thought-out questionnaire Louise has helped me to prepare for our interview. I’m so relieved, I tell you!
So, my first proper interview will be with her on Thursday coming 26th January at 12 noon EST or 5 pm GMT. I will write another blog post to share the link once Louise has created the event. Please join us!
We’ve been working on this interview for the whole week so I’m confident the experience will be great and I’m looking forward to it. I’m very pleased to be on her show before appearing on the others because she knows me and my work and can help me if I need it.
However, my first appearance on a radio show was last Thursday, 12th January.
Richie Allen, the host of my favourite radio show (The Richie Allen Show), broadcasting from Manchester, England, opened the lines for his listeners to discuss whatever they wanted to.
I’d been tweeting Richie during previous episodes of his show, commenting on the evening’s topics. To my astonishment, in the beginning of December he sent me a Direct Message inviting me on his show. We meant to discuss the details of my appearance in the following days, but he cancelled our appointment due to his busy schedule.
So, when he opened the line for callers last week, I phoned in. In the ten minutes I was on air, I shared my thoughts on the targeting of the homeless around the world and especially here in the Shepway District (in Kent, South of England, UK), on a topic in the school curriculum of my 11-year-old daughter that I find disturbing (the role of the armed forces in the fight against terrorism) and on my opinion on Brexit.
You can listen to the all show (it lasts for 2 hours) or just to my piece (from 26:38 to 37:35). I’d like to know your opinion on the chat so please leave your comment below. Thanks!
Upcoming Radio Interviews:
The Business Springboard Fanpage on Facebook Thursday 26th January at 12 noon EST.
The George Wilder Jr. Show: January 31st from 6.30 pm to 7 pm CST (0.30 GMT) on http://blogtalkradio.com/georgewilderjr
The Worm Hole: March 22th from 8:25 pm to 8:55 pm EST on http://blogtalkradio.com/radioafs
105.9 Academy FM Folkestone (UK): TBA