A normal person interviews Laura
So when I turned in the Mary Kay interview to my editor as the Q & A she had asked me to prepare for publicity purposes, she said, “Umm, I really had something a little more…normal…in mind. Don’t you know any normal people? Or couldn’t you pretend to be normal yourself?”
She’s read Blame It on Paris,I’m pretty sure, since she edited it, but maybe she’s optimistic about my writerly imagination. Still, I at first protested that I was normal, but my editor started laughing so hard I got indignant. Then I went out for dinner with my friend Sue, who has been handing out copies of Blame It on Paris to everyone she knows, because she is that kind of friend. One of those people came back to Sue and said, “Is Laura that funny in real life?” I grinned, expecting Sue to finish her tale with, “Why, yes, she is! Dinner with her is a RIOT, I am telling you!” But, no, Sue said, “Well, errr…she’s that neurotic.” (And my now former friend Dwayne, Sue’s husband, when he first read the book, said, “I didn’t know Laura could be that intentionally funny.”)
So I gave up on being normal. But I still thought that I could pretend to be normal, at least long enough to make up an interview with myself, but something about that activity just did not bring out the normal in me.
Then I thought, well, surely I know some normal people somewhere, and I sent out an email to try to get people to come up with normal interview questions, but that did not work AT ALL. Which leads me to one of two conclusions. Either 1) The word normal does not mean itself, which is a very interesting thing to happen to a word. “Normal”, in fact, is not normal. Or 2) I myself am so far away from normal that I have not drawn any even semi-normal people into my sphere.
Fortunately, Joshilyn Jackson came to the rescue. If any of you have read her blog (link to which to be provided LATER, after you swear to certain rules), you will know that Joshilyn really doesn’t qualify as normal, either. But apparently she is better at pretending when she comes up with interview questions, or maybe she has just had more practice at interviews because of her divinely wonderful and deservedly successful books gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia. They are the best books I have read in a long time, I highly recommend them! BUT again, only if you obey certain rules.
Joshilyn Jackson sent me three normal questions and posted my answers on her blog. However, I am afraid to send anyone to see her blog and that interview, because I am afraid that once they read it, they will NEVER COME BACK. She’s just that funny. Every day! She just spills this hilarious stuff out with no thought, casually, while most of us are still trying to get our teeth brushed.
So before I give you the link to Joshilyn Jackson’s blog, you must obey the rules. You MUST buy Blame It on Paris and read it. Then, and only then, can you read her work. Reading Joshilyn Jackson first will just spoil you for other authors.
So, please repeat: “I, FULL NAME, solemnly swear that I have bought 10 copies of Blame It on Paris and that you are the most wonderful, funniest author ever. If I go see Joshilyn Jackson’s blog, it is only to read your interview with a normal person, and I will come back to you, I swear.”
Okay, you’ve sworn, so here it is, very craftily hidden, you could never have found it if I did not tell you: www.joshilynjackson.com.