Thursday, April 21, 2011

Orion Author Questionnaire...Gulp

Another new step...I'm an author. It sounds like I'm confessing something truly sinful. I have avoided this word in the past because, well, it sounded serious and important and maybe even a little up myself. I was happier with the tag - writer. I write. I write lots and lots but author implied things... like published books.

So now here I am with an author questionnaire and it's not the first...I did do the Blake Friedmann one, but although it was scary wasn't as scary as this one. This questionnaire asked me to write down TEN things they didn't know about me...ten.

Now I know from being a good little student at all the RNA conferences that these terrifying questionnaires are so important because in these times this is all the marketing department may see of the author. They need this information to find ways to promote my book. I can't remember who mentioned this dreaded device - the author questionnaire, but they knew it was akin to baring your soul.

We writers tend to be quiet creatures (not all of us I hasten to add but most) observing the world and only taking part fully at writers' conference where we meet like souls who don't think we are insane (they know the truth).

So in midst of my despair yesterday filling out this instrument of torture I tweeted that I was having trouble with the TEN things about me and the wonderful Kate Harrison mentioned my shoes obsession and then she tweeted (@KateWritesBooks) how she saw my life....@liz_fenwick I sometimes think your life seems a bit like Grazia/Vogue crossed with an Enid Blyton book. Five go mad by the sea etc.

Depending on how you look at it...it's not far from the truth...it's just that I'm not a celeb and can't afford the designer clothes I covet...but close enough. So thank you Kate....I now have images of me in my one pair of Louboutins playing in the rock pools of Cornwall (hmmm...maybe there's a book in that????). Maybe I should put that on the form...but then again maybe not...

Oh I have to also say it's incredibly exciting to be doing this too, terrifying but a little bit of heaven too be doing all these things that mean I'm a real writer...okay I'm an author - there I've said it.


12 comments:

Debs Carr said...

I love Kate's description, so clever.

However scary these forms may be, it must be a dream come true and a little surreal.

liz fenwick said...

Debs - Kate is so clever, I agree. It is a dream come true just a touch scary at times.
lx

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Jen said...

Five Go Shopping for Shoes in Dubai and Other Tales of Happiness.

Sounds good to me. Who will play you when the Hollywood film is made? :0)

Janice Horton said...

Mmmm... Louboutins & langoustine playin' in the rock pools of Cornwall...
Good luck Liz!

HelenMHunt said...

This is all so exciting. Just enjoy drinking in every moment.

Texas Playwright Chick said...

Don't just say it, say it loud and proud! I'm an author!!!!! Feel it!

Talli Roland said...

I love how Kate described your life! :) Perfect tag line.

liz fenwick said...

thanks Texas Playright Chick! I'm an author...
lx

Stephanie Zia said...

Liz! Sorry I'm late on this but have only just been catching up all your news. And what news! Many, many congratulations - and may the highs continue. x

Bluestocking Mum said...

I'm late to it too. yes, love Kate's description.

And Yes, YOU ARE AN AUTHOR!
I hope it's sunk in by now.

liz fenwick said...

Stephanie and Blue Stocking - thank you...I'm still grinning