June Gillam at Left Coast Crime, Monterey, CA
Thriller mystery author June Gillam brought something unique to her interview at the Left Coast Crime Mystery meeting in Monterey, California…an audience. I’d managed to find a secluded and quiet room, the banquet room at Jacks restaurant at the Portola Hotel. The hostess, Jessica, had been kind enough to lend me the use of the room for much of the day. Several prior one-on-one interviews consisted of a mystery author, a camera, and me. But this time, several writers and readers followed June and I into the room.
I wasn’t sure if the interview audience was there to observe me, learn first hand about the interview process, or to absorb fresh pearls as they fell from June’s lips. I suspect the audience’s motive was all of the above, plus a simple desire to be part of the fun. I always endeavor to keep the interview mood light and enjoyable, with just the right amount of poking and prodding. Bringing out the history, motivations, and hidden talents of authors are some of my primary goals. It also doesn’t hurt to find out about their favorite and latest creations, and get sneak previews of works in progress.
I do all my all my own final video editing. Editing covers up a world of less than stellar questions and answers. However, the audience sees the raw interview in its whole and natural state. At the end of my interview with June Gillam, I was ecstatic to earn top-notch audience ratings for June and my performances, and unanimous approval of the interview process. More important, a good time was had by all.
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