What a great year it's been! My first short story collection was published and I've had many readings. As if that wasn't enough--I got to be interviewed on NPR's The State of Things this week. It's a strange thing being on the radio. Usually when I get ready for a reading, the first thing I ask myself is: What should I wear? When I was getting dressed for the radio--I realized that the listeners couldn't see me, so I opted for comfort. I wore my favorite jeans, comfortable boots, my lucky black shirt.
The NC Studio is located in the old historic tobacco district in Durham. I was led to a waiting area with comfortable chairs, situated right next to the sound studio and the actual studio where the interviews take place. Also waiting to be interviewed: a psychiatrist who would speak on the topic of wellness, two documentary filmmakers, and myself. The wonderful host/interviewer (Frank Statio) came out to greet us with a tray of hot tea served in these gorgeous glass and silver tea cups. I'm more of a coffee drinker, but the hot orange-flavored tea was the perfect drink before going on the air--very soothing.
One by one, the other guests disappeared into the studio for their segments. Since I was last, eventually it was just me, listening to the program. The door opened, the filmmakers left, I entered the studio. We were on the air -- it went well--15 minutes flew by. On my way home I eagerly called my husband to ask how it sounded. He said it went great.
What an incredible ending to an already fantastic year in my writing life. I am so grateful.
Causes Maureen Sherbondy Supports
North Carolina Writers' Network, Temple Beth Or, North Carolina Poetry Society