Are you ever recognized when you are out and about? Do you have any funny, interesting stories about being recognized and if I’m ever fortunate enough to see you on an airplane or in an airport how would you like me/others to react? Say hello or leave you alone?
No. Hehe. Writing is the best kind of fame, because while some people know your name, nobody knows what you look like. We had a few times when people recognized us, but I would say probably less than 5 in our entire career.
I do have a funny story but not about me. We were at a convention in an elevator with Beverly Jenkins, who is a legend, and we had all turned our badges around because we were done for the day. A group of women runs into the elevator, look at our badges, and one of them looks at Ms. Beverly, whose amazing career summary you can find here, and asks, “Are you somebody?”
And Ms. Beverly looks her right in the eye and says, “Nope.”
As we were getting ready to board the plane to Austin, we chatted with this lovely woman. A lot of the Austin is techy and geeky, some of it is country, and sometimes both of those happen at the same time, which is what gives Austin its eclectic vibe. This was the other side of Austin, the more conservative wealthier side, house in Westlake, one child in a prestigious college, the other is in a prestigious high school, etc.
We talked politics a bit, and as proper polite Texans, we both tempered our views to meet on the common ground. She asked what we did. We demurred. We asked what she did. She demurred. Then it came out – she is a stay at home wife and mother and we are writers. She asked us if she would have ever heard of us, and I smiled and said, “Probably not.”
This is typical. We are not famous. And if I ever start thinking we’re a big deal, the Universe very quickly checks that by throwing me with some random comment by a well meaning reader who lets us know that so and so’s books and fandom is much bigger. Were you pretty happy with your career? Smack! Hehe.
So if you see us on the plane, feel free to come up, but please remember that you will likely get a non-professional version of us. We are kind of boring.
We may not be famous, but we do have the best readers. One of them, Sarah Sherwood, made a Julie outfit from Blood Heir and it is amazing. You can find her fiber adventure on her blog, Sewing with Music in Mind.
I am so flattered that our work inspired her. To have your books touch off a wave of inspiration that spreads beyond written work is a milestone for a writer. Thank you, Sarah, for this absolute awesomeness.