My Author Interview Podcast Now Available!

My appearance on Wayne G. Barber Author Hour Podcast  is now available online. Just click the link, and hear my take on the writing process, peppered with the history and legends which spurred me to write.


Both nerve-wracking and fun, the live interview on the radio pushed me way out of my comfort zone. I just listened to the podcast and every “um” I uttered mortifies me. My Speech Communication professor from college is shaking her head, wondering what ever happened to all she taught me. My speaking patterns are now on my ‘things to improve’ list. I know what happened. My nerves (and some caffeine) got me reeved up and jumping on every question the host, Wayne Barber asked. The secret to speaking well for me is to slow down and give myself time to think BEFORE starting to answer the question. Too bad my pandemic-forced vacation from public speaking left me forgetting everything I learned.

There are many things about my goal of becoming a successful author that push me to extend my skills in so many different areas.

When I wrote my first book, Enjella Uprooted, A Tooth Fairy Gets a New Job I could not wait to have libraries across the country carry it, and see school children everywhere reading it.

I found out the hard way that wasn’t going to happen overnight, or all by itself.

My mentor, and the woman who helped me start publishing, Julie Trelstadt, creator of 82 Stories said, “Think of writing a book as a milestone, not as end goal.” When I heard these words, novice in the book business as I was, I did not like them nor believe them. No, I thought, my book will shoot right to the best seller list. I will be the author with the amazing success story. I will guest star on Ellen. Readers will find me.

That was about ten years ago!

And even though I have repeatedly pointed out to Ellen that she should have me on her show on January 26th, the birthdate we share in common, she has yet to take me up on my offer.

I have learned so much about publishing, marketing, book distribution, book placement, public relations, public appearances…the list goes on. I could teach a class — or write another blog. (Stay tuned.) But the point is, by going outside my comfort zone, flipping everything upside down, making lots of obvious flubs and errors, I continue to grow and learn. 

In the end, I think that is what life is all about.

Plus its pretty great seeing your books in print, or online!

© Jane F. Collen June 4, 202©™ totally out of my comfort zone

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