A lot of people may not know this, but I happen to be quite famous.
OK, I stole that line from Sam Malone in Cheers, or more correctly I stole that line from my husband, who still remembers that line from Cheers, and for whom the quote is highly contemporary as most of his references come from the Bob Newhart Show and Monty Python (Blessed are the cheesemakers?).
He keeps me entertained in a very 1975 sort of way. (Kids: 1975 was a time in history when your parents were, like, three years old. They did not yet have jobs or receding hairlines and they were blissfully unaware of rap as it hadn’t been invented yet.)
Anyway, I say this because so rarely do people come up to me on the street and say things like, “Hey, Bill, I read that great interview of you in the SCBWI blog. Congrats on your Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Are you that awesome in real life?”
To which I would say, “Why no, strange person who recognizes me from an interview on a blog, Not even close. Despite that, would you like to get a cup of coffee and bask in my famousness?”
To which they would say, “Gee, I’d like to, or rather, I’d like to like to, but I really wouldn’t. Take care.”
So I am not that famous, and not that many people are clamoring to coffee-ize with me, but in the name of getting more people to want to, I post this fun interview from SCBWI’s Lee Wind about Openly Straight winning the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Read it, enjoy it, and tell your friends, in the off-chance one of them someday would like to buy me coffee and talk about it.