So this morning…

…I was on The Morning Show Toronto to talk about Shadow Scale. Before I went on there was one other guest waiting his turn, a gregarious black man who introduced himself as Chad, asked me about myself and the book, and then took a picture and had one of his assistants post it to Instagram. The whole time I’m thinking, “His voice sounds really familiar! I feel like I should know who he is. He’s not Isaac Hayes, because Isaac Hayes is dead — but who is he?”

I quietly asked one of his assistants, embarrassed for the man himself to know I couldn’t place him, and she was like, “Ever watch The Wire?” No, I’ve never watched The Wire. “How about The Walking Dead?”

I love The Walking Dead. He’d played Tyreese. I felt pretty silly, but in a way it was nice because we’d had an actual conversation without me fangirling all over him.

Anyway, that’s my little brush with fame for today. At least I managed not to be too embarrassing. I’ve had fans of my book worry that they said something silly in front of me — please don’t feel self-conscious about that! We all do it, and I think I was only prevented by not knowing who he was for most of the time. Sometimes it really is better to have a slow reveal.


One Comment on “So this morning…”

  1. Izzy says:

    Dear Rachel Hartman, I am desperate to find some form of email address so I might gush over your book in a more structured manner, and I have combed your website to no avail. But either way, I have just finished reading Shadow Scale and I am in your humble debt for including a fantastic trans character, acknowledging non-binary genders and Gliseldas’s kiss at the end. THANK YOU!! ❤ You are the writer-hero YA fantasy (and myself) needed. Thank you for including a bit of my world in Shadow Scale. Yours,
    Izzy.


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