|Bernie and Riley, who was also in the studio|
The host of the show, Bernie Keith (see page 167 of the book), is a lovely chap and very easy to talk to, and he always does his research. He knew, for instance, that I'd been to Worcester, so he must have read this blog. However, while in my mind my book is all about the funny stories, he came at it from a different angle, homing in on the whole business of diary writing, on the local connections and the rather serious side of adjusting to the 'new normal' when one of you retires.
I've just listened back on BBC Sounds here (I'm on at 1.44.45) and I'm pleased with the result. It is actually more lighthearted than it felt at the time - there were things recorded that I don't remember saying: isn't that strange? - but it has made me wonder if as writers we get so caught up with what we think we're saying that we forget our readers might have a different agenda.
What do you think?
I've had experiences like that in my writing group or whatever when the reader saw something totally different than what I thought I wrote. I guess it depends on what's going on in a reader's life: a history project, a divorce, a new baby . . . life events skew how we see (and read) things.ReplyDelete
Riley is a cutie!
Thanks for finding the time to comment, Priscilla.Delete