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Talk it over: Radio gaga

Stay calm, remember why you’re there, and interviews should be enjoyable, says Jane Wenham-Jones

Before I was published I used to think it would be wonderful to be invited to talk about my book but I recently gave my first radio interview and I still haven’t recovered. I was so nervous the whole thing was a blur but it was a regional station with a listen-again facility and when I stupidly did that, I was mortified. I sounded very hesitant and dull and as if I didn’t know much about my own novel. The questions weren’t at all what I expected and I simply didn’t know how to answer some of them. Now I have been asked to attend a small literary festival in the spring and I am already having nightmares about doing this all over again in front of a live audience. Especially as I have been told there will be questions from the floor! I don’t want to upset my publisher by refusing but I am seriously dreading it. Can I ask for a list of all the questions beforehand so I can prepare for it? Or will that just annoy everyone? Please help!

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