<a href='http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-woods-runner-by-gary/'> <i>Woods Runner</i></a>.
I was terrified. This guy has won Newbery Honors for three books, has nearly 200 books in print, has run the Iditarod multiple times, sailed to Fiji, and generally done everything. He must be sick to death of professional press let alone one veterinarian/writer with exactly one other phone interview under her belt.
Boy, did I learn a lot. I learned that great storytellers write and talk because they have stories to tell, things to say, that it is a compulsion. I learned that, contrary to my upbringing, it's okay sometimes to ask questions, that people have stories that they want heard. And, I learned, yet again, that pushing myself out of my comfort zone is the only way to connect with the world around me. Sometimes reticence isn't a becoming shyness, sometimes it's a narcissistic shell.
I don't know why physical risk comes so easy, and emotional risk so hard. Why is it so much simpler to risk physical danger than embarrassment? I still don't know, but, I am looking forward to my next interview. People have stories to tell, and I want to hear them...