You can't tell it from my writing; or maybe you can, I don't know, but I've got a heavy Southern accent. It's one of the reasons that I detest talking on the phone. I hate the way my voice sounds over a recording, video or any sort of play back- so when one of my close friends, Sin Jones, radio host, author, and critical thinker extraordinaire invited me as a guest on her program 'Poison Apple Radio', I was petrified.
I can usually wiggle out of voice conversations by telling people that I "think better with my fingers", which isn't a lie, I do; but it's also because my multi-state linguistics comes off to me as just sounding weird.
I hesitated to do the show even though I was grateful to Sin for the opportunity to plug my book. She's a phenomenal person but she's an incredible interviewer and host. She's garnered quite an audience with her show and I knew that everyone would be able to hear my backwoods, north Georgia speak. I was caught in this weird vortex of fear where on one hand, I really wanted the publicity for my book but on the other, I really didn't want to open my mouth, come off sounding like a hick and turn off any potential readers.
So what did I do? I did the show anyway. You don't know this about me, but I WILL NOT turn down a challenge and I began to see the idea of doing the show as just that. A challenge for myself. I'm big on doing self-work and I knew that this was a confidence issue I needed to work to try and overcome if I wanted to generate an audience for Bimini, The Romance. I literally white-knuckled my way through the show, with dogs barking in the background and my neighbor rocking out loudly to some serious bass while he cleaned his yard. In the end, it was a fun experience that I wouldn't trade and I thought I'd share it with you in this blog.
If you're interested in any of the other Poison Apple Radio shows, you can find them on tindeck.com or blogtalkradio.com.
Listen to the show about Bimini, The Romance here.