So last night, the Spawn and I came over to my office, where we had a conversation with Pam Stack, the host of Authors on the Air, flagship show for the podcast network of the same name. The show’s theme (in time for Father’s Day) dealt with writers with creative offspring, and I was quite happy to let Pam and Emily carry most of the conversation, which you may hear here.
Em was nervous before things got started — she was on her cell phone and I was on my office land line — but Pam is a true pro and put her at ease quickly. The kid read a piece she had written last semester, a story that was bizarre, unsettling, and quite entertaining. Even were I not her dad, I’d say she did a bang-up job. Pam apparently agrees, because Emily may wind up co-hosting some later shows that focus on young writers.
When it was my turn, I read “Bowery Station, 3:15 A.M.”, my contribution to last year’s Dark City Lights anthology (which, by the way, includes stories that have been nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards — you really should own a copy.) The show went faster than I expected, and we were done in a trice (or at most, a trice-and-a-quarter.)
My advice to other writers: If you get a chance to appear on Pam’s show, you should take it. But watch out — if your kid is as talented as mine, you may well get upstaged.