Today my first interview as a published author will be posted by my friend and fellow writer/blogger, Margie Miklas, on her site, Margie in Italy.
It’s a privilege as well as a bit nerve-wracking to “expose” ones self and I can only hope that it will be interesting and inspiring to (at least!) one other person!
That said, I wanted to say a little bit about how Margie and I connected and how this all came about. For me, it serves as a reminder to stay in touch with your passion and just “do the work”, trust, and be open to the serendipitous events in life.
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So, in the beginning…which was not so long ago (actually earlier this year) I was researching sites that accepted submissions about Italy. Taking my lead from other respected writers/bloggers, I found Italian Talks. Italian Talks features “Italian stories by true lovers of Italy”. Well, I qualified as a true lover of Italy, but would my writing hit the mark?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say so I sent off my email inquiry. Italian Talks is sponsored by Baglioni, a luxury hotel group based in Italy so I didn’t really expect a quick response…but I got one and not from Italy but from Florida! As it turns out, their Twitter and website are managed by a fellow American blogger, writer and Italophile, Margie Miklas.
What started out as a hopeful inquiry has developed into a marvelous long distance friendship. Margie enthusiastically approved and submitted my initial article and likewise with seven subsequent submissions.
But there’s more…when I was planning my post-tour travels in Italy and planning to be in Rome in May, it turned out that Baglioni was going to sponsor several of its blogger/contributors on a “Great Beauty” experience (based on the Italian Golden Globe and Academy Award winning film) that they were promoting. Thanks to Margie, I was able to join this once-in-a-lifetime event. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes for all of us even though she was unable to attend. That’s just who she is!
Over the months she has been unerring in her support and encouragement. Writing/blogging can be a lonely endeavor and having the ear (and shoulder!) of someone who really understands its highs and lows is so helpful and consoling. Patient, selfless, encouraging, Margie has been an invaluable sounding board and source of advice. (I told her she that was the “doula” in the birthing of my book!)
While going through the ebook writing phase and, finally, its publication last week, she offered to do an interview and help promote my book. True to her word, my interview is being published today. I hope you will take a few minutes to read it.
Doing this interview afforded me the opportunity to reflect and introspect about the journey…about those serendipitous events that bring wonderful people into our lives. I hope you will share your thoughts about it with me…
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Grazie, Margie, I’m honored and grateful, not just for the interview but, for our friendship. I’m so looking forward to traveling in Italy together next spring!
And I’m honored and grateful for each and every one of you who takes the time to stop by, read, share and comment here. I look forward to hearing more from you over the coming months!
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