Some of the established mombloggers I read have been quoted in numerous newspapers, online journals, heck! – one of them even appeared on the Today Show! But me? Little ol’ me? I am nowhere near a legend, not even in my own mind.
So imagine my surprise when I opened this week’s email entitled “Houston Chronicle reporter requesting interview.” I thought maybe all my Texas-bashing had made it to sensitive ears, and now the city’s major newspaper was sending a What’sYourProblem posse out to get me. But, no! It seems the reporter (or freelance writer? I’m not totally clear) had found the litblog I keep at paperdietbooks.com and wanted to talk with me about the upcoming release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the popular Twilight book series.
I was immediately skeptical about his request. For one thing, there was a typo in the email. I don’t know – it’s kind of like having a doctor show up for open heart surgery with a cut on his chin from shaving. And then I kept wondering, “What on earth could *I* say that would be of any value in his article?” I even shared that concern in my return email. He assured me that my voice and perspective would add loads to his research. So, with my ego stroked just a little, I gave him my number and scheduled a time for the phone interview.
Can I just say? Whatever kind of writer he is, he is a GREAT interviewer! He was very nice and put me totally at ease. We talked about how I came to the books, what I thought about the different characters, do I recommend them to friends. He also had some questions about the association between the books and the LDS church. There are some critics/scholars who have tried to draw parallels between the books and LDS doctrine, or even the Book of Mormon. My answer to that was simple: I’ve always been very careful to keep the culture of the church separate from the doctrine of the church. These books are a cultural phenomenon in the LDS church right now (as they are everywhere!) because (a) they were written by a member of the church, and (b) while they are full of blush-worthy romance, they are still ~this~ side of our standards on language, violence, and sexual content. They are NOT, however, appropriate resources for a discussion of what Latter-day Saints believe.
We also discussed daughter H14’s status as an uberfan of this book series, which prompted him to ask if he could chat with her, too. I thought she was going to need medical intervention when she heard this, but she quickly composed herself and talked with him for a few minutes. My first thought when I read the article was that he had been very kind in omitting all the “like, like, likes” from her part of the conversation. 🙂 All in all, though, I was proud of how she handled herself.
From start to finish, I think we were on the phone with him for about 20 minutes. Which makes me laugh when I think of what actually made it to print. If you know me, then I suppose my quotes don’t sound too dumb. If you DON’T know me, then the idea that I’d compare a campy vampire series to the use of recreational drugs might dissuade you from my acquaintance. Are you intrigued now? Well, here’s the link to the article. I suppose I’ll let you decide for yourself.