by Janis Patterson
I’ve always had a rule that if a person or company contacts me out of the blue wanting to do wonderful business with me I stay away from them. Things that sound too good to be true usually are.
So - when I received an email from a man named Geert Sels asking for an interview I almost ignored it. The gods of stupid authors were looking after me, though, because as the request came from Belgium I was intrigued and investigated. Turns out he is not only legitimate, he is a very respected journalist in Europe. He wanted to do a feature on me and A KILLING AT EL KAB for De Standaard Cultuur, one of Belgium’s most popular newspapers.
We did the interview by emails – in English – and I waited. Mr. Sels was both charming and amusing and it was a treat to work with him. Used to the glacial pace of book publicity, I was astonished when within a week the interview was printed. Mr. Sels sent me a transcript of the interview – in English – the same day, and about a week later I got two full newspapers, sent by a dear friend who lives in Belgium.
I flipped through the paper quickly… and am so glad that Mr. Sels used the book cover image I sent him, because without it I wonder if I could have recognized the story – it had all been translated into Dutch! A little research showed that De Standaard Cultuur is printed in the Flanders area of Belgium, where Dutch is the everyday language.
Whatever – it was a great rush to be solicited for an interview in a respected European daily newspaper – even if I couldn’t read what I said!