Monday, July 20, 2009

Sit Up Straight

I had a wonderful time in Utah, met some new friends, saw my brother and his family for a few minutes, and got to know authors and strangers alike. What more could I ask for?

I was at Confetti Books and Donnie, the owner, gave me the DVD of the TV interview they did at his store last month.

Just for the record, I had no idea we were going to do a TV interview when I went to his store that day and I had no idea what questions they were going to ask.

That said, I have a few pointers for anyone hoping to break into television.

They thought I was too short, so they had me sit on a stack of books. Word to the wise, when sitting on a stack of books, one must have something to either lean on or rest your foot on, otherwise you end up looking hunched over. Unless, of course, you intentionally arch your back, and then you would probably still end up looking weird.

I watched the video for the first time last night. I couldn't believe it. I'm a dancer- I don't hunch. That is, unless I'm sitting on a stack of books and my feet don't reach the ground very well.

Yeah, I look like posture's worst enemy. For those of you who are wondering what I'm talking about, check this out.

I have super slow dial up, so I didn't put the actual video on my blog. All you fast Internet users, click on the site and have a good laugh. At least I won't be there to hear you.

I learned my lesson. Refuse the stack of books. Look short, it's better than looking like a hunchback. And, for goodness sakes, look at the camera instead of the interviewer. I guess that means my chances of becoming the next newscaster are pretty slim. That's okay. I'd rather be a writer anyway.

Barnes and Noble at Gateway mall was a blast. Weirdest thing that happened there was getting stuck in between a college guy and girl meeting up for the first time in years. You know, the awkward conversation... What have you been doing? It's summer. Neither one of them knew what to say. And, Can I have your number? She says, Do you have facebook? He says, Yeah, I'll look you up.

He was on one side of the table and she was on the other. Lover's conversation. Well, would be if he had it his way, and most likely not if she had it hers.

Good news is I sold a book to both of them. Maybe they thought it would look better if they bought my book after standing in front of my table catching up on lost time for ten minutes. I didn't care. Had no idea what to say either. Mostly I just listened in like the involuntary eavesdropper that I was.

There was an attorney there later who brought me some of his favorite books. Interesting guy. He did a great job of selling me books, I could learn a thing or two from that.

Now I'm back in Boise. This Friday I'll be at Hastings on Fairview and Cole from 6-9 PM.

Then, I'm going back to Utah in less than three weeks for more book signings. Crazy. Cool. You should see the pile of laundry waiting for me right now.


Magenta said...

I just watched the interview video for your book. That was pretty cool! That must've been scary, being put on the spot like that! (I'd have been a little nervous.)

I kind of noticed the slouch, but I didn't think it was that bad. Honest! At least you were able to keep your cool and smile the whole time. ^_~ You looked like someone I definitely want to meet someday.

This reminds me of the time I worked as an teen extra in the film Hoot. (You know that movie? You can actually see me and my sister in a few shots!) This fun guy, James (no, not Dashner ^,~), would sneak up behind a slouching, unsuspecting extra and say, "Sit up straight!" And we'd do what he'd say. He taught us good posture in a funny way. Ahh. Those were good times. I earned big bucks with that gig. And I got Robert Wagner's autograph (though I think I might have misplaced it).

Interesting story about eavesdropping on the lovebirds. Very awkward! Great that you sold a copy to each of them, though!

Laura said...

Wow, a movie star. That's more than I could ever say. That would have been so much fun.

Thanks for forgiving the slouch. I think that makes you a very compassionate person. I wouldn't mind meeting you either. You never know... one of these days we might end up in the same place.

L.T. Elliot said...

That was a funny story about the college hook-up book sale. ;) Glad that you had a good time this last weekend and it was fun to see you and your husband. Take care!

Melissa said...

I think you looked gorgeous and are really good at answering interview questions. :)

Thanks for your good thoughts for our family this week. We know prayers are heard.

Laura said...

L.T.- if you're still on the planet of blogs- I loved getting to spend time with you and your husband. Next time we'll have to do something fun like- I don't know- we'll think of something.

Melissa- thank goodness Eve is getting better. How dare you call me gorgeous. Well, I mean, thanks. You're so sweet.

I love you gals.

BYUte said...


Thanks for coming in and allowing us to interview you about your wonderful story and book. We loved having you and people still talk about you and the book. My 12 year old daughter read Alvor and she "loved it". Hope to have you back another day when your next book comes out.

Donnie Morris
Confetti Antiques and Books
273 North Main Street
Spanish Fork, UT 84660