Live Television Interviews This Weekend – What I Learned

Had the wonderful opportunity to go on two live interview segments this weekend. I was a guest author, along with Laura Taylor. We had a great time, but learned a few things, too. Laura and I met last year at the Write 2 Ignite Conference at North Greenville University and have been fast friends ever since. We’ve walked (hopped, skipped, tripped, etc.) along this path to publishing together and are here in Greenville this weekend for interviews and a joint book signing later this afternoon at Barnes and Noble, Inc.

On Friday morning, we were part of the Your Carolina Segment that was filmed during the 10:00 a.m. hour at Michelin on Main, right in the heart of Greenville. The studio is part of the Michelin store and is directly on the street corner. It is an interesting location, fore sure. We met some other unique people being interviewed, as well. Check out a few pictures from the event.

Your Carolina Interview with Laura Taylor

Your Carolina Interview with Laura.

Jack and Debra Made Us Feel So Comfortable On Camera.

Jack and Debra Made Us Feel So Comfortable On Camera.

What I learned from the Your Carolina interview:

Be early or be on time! (Thank goodness, we were early.)

Always have a copy of your book on hand.

Stay hydrated with water (and a straw)!

Wear clothing that is suitable for the cordless microphone.

Ask to prepare questions ahead of time. (This was a blessing!)

If you don’t have much of a neck (like me), get rid of the scarves for live t.v.

Fidget less! (Ahhh! I talk with my hands!)

Always make time to say, “Thank you!” (I bring Thank You cards to everything.)

Here is the video! How did we do? 

Children’s Authors Informing Your Kids


This morning, I was up at 4:30 a.m.(O.K. I hit the snooze button a few times!) to get ready for a second live interview on WYFF Channel 4 in Greenville, S.C. We arrived on time (bright and early at 6:45 a.m.), got buzzed in, and were escorted to the studio. Let me tell ya – that meteorologist, Dale Gilbert, is something else! How he knows what is on that green screen is beyond me! Everyone at the studio was super nice. They had several guests and we were all made comfortable while we waited for our turn.

What I learned from the WYFF Channel 4 interview: 

Again, wear the right clothes and wear an undershirt or undergarment so that “stuff” doesn’t show while getting the microphone right. (Glad I had done that!)

Wear heels to appear taller and avoid neutral tights, hose, etc.

Always say the name of your book instead of “This book…” (Whew! I caught myself on this one.)

Have that elevator pitch memorized.

Ask questions. If you are unsure of what is happening, ask! smiley face

Be prepared to wait. There is a lot more waiting than interviewing.

Smile, smile, smile!

Shake hands and thank everyone. (You know me, I had a card!)

Can’t find a video clip from this one, but here are a few photos.  Do you think we do o.k.? 

Teaser Before the Commercial Break

Teaser Before the Commercial Break


Our Live Interview with Liz.

Our Live Interview with Liz.

Yea! We Did It!

Yea! We Did It!

Well gang, there you have it!

Just some media tips I have learned (or been reminded of) this weekend! If you have tips that you can share, please let me know. Laura and I are looking forward to more interview opportunities in the future!

The End! Now, Time for a Nap!

The End! Now, Time for a Nap!


4 thoughts on “Live Television Interviews This Weekend – What I Learned

  1. Reblogged this on The Laurel Wood and commented:
    I was so very glad to share my Greemville experience with my friend Maria! This week we’ll be blogging about some of the things we learned from our first tv interviews and our book signings. Today I am re-blogging Maria’s post. She does a great job giving you a window into lessons learned from two newbie authors. I know you’ll enjoy it! And, check out her blog at: for great author interviews, fire safety tips and just plain, good, old writing! I am so blessed to have her as a friend, encourager, and fellow traveler on this writing journey.

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