Perhaps that's taking it too far, though. After all, most writers I know ("famous" or otherwise) prefer to be known as real people--people with interesting backgrounds, a cool backlist of day jobs, a friendly reputation, and once in a while a particular knack for writing some kind of knock-the-socks-off-the-world story or poem. In other words, people who are approachable even though they may have superhero creative writing faculties. My upcoming challenge, I believe, will be to strike a balance between the personable and the professional, a bit of flattery and a bunch of honesty.
|Four years and 20 pounds heavier ago (grad school will do that to you), my friend Kyle gave me the best short 'n' sweet introduction I've ever been blessed with. We shared our graduate readings together at Pacific University.|
Since I write fiction, my first approach to introducing an author is often to tell the story of how I experienced reading his or her work--something delightful, surprising even, that I felt while reading and that the author will enjoy hearing about. If it's a writer I know personally, I can add anecdotal bits that make an introduction fun and personal. For writers I don't know personally, weaving in humor and uniqueness can be trickier, but it's still possible. Either way, I know my introductions for the Writers' Retreat are going to be short (300 words), genuine, and hopefully memorable in just the right way--by which I mean, they'll ring that perfect bell in the Kingdom of Introductions before each Famous Writer delivers their reading, then my words will fade into the background as the real reason for everyone's attendance takes center stage.