Update: The CBS interview has been delayed to later this morning due to breaking news. It will more than likely be recorded and air at a later date. I’ll update as soon as I know when.
I’m sitting in my hotel room in New York City, waiting on the big CBS interview in the morning. Of course I can’t sleep because all I can think about is how I’m either going to
a) Puke on the host.
b) Say f*ck.
c) Puke on the host, then say f*ck.
So I’m trying not to think about it. Instead, I’m trying to focus on all the things that have happened in the past year since that’s more than likely what I’ll be on the show to talk about. So…let’s think about it.
It occurred to me that this exact same week last year, I was in New York as well. I flew here with Tammara Webber to meet some other author friends we had made online. Things were still very new then. Neither of my books had hit the NYT’s bestsellers list, but Slammed had just dipped into the top 100 books on Amazon. I remember thinking I was way out of my league being in the same room as Tracey Garvis-Graves, EL James, Tammara Webber and so many other friends I’d made. I just tried to enjoy myself because I knew it wouldn’t last. So I did just that. I enjoyed the weekend, then went back to work the next Monday.
Things didn’t stop there, though, like I had expected them to. They didn’t even slow down. They just sped up and kept going and continued to grow and every single day I still waited for it all to stop. But then the movie rights were sold, the books were bought by a publisher and there I was in New York again in October, meeting with Simon & Schuster.
It was a great time, but then I went back home and thought, “Man! What a ride that was.” And I was sure it was over at that point, so I decided to finish writing Hopeless because there was no way I could stop writing. I just knew that releasing Hopeless was a bad idea. I was so happy with all the success I’d had with Slammed that I didn’t think I could write another book that would satisfy my readers. But I put it out anyway, expecting the worst.
Instead, I got the best. The best response, the best emails, the best motivation. The reaction to that book surpassed all my expectations and I’m still, to this day, waiting for it to end.
I’m not sure why I grasp every single little thing and hold on to it like it’s the last time it’ll happen, but I’m afraid I’ll always do that. To go from where I was a year ago to what all is happening now takes some getting used to, and apparently I’ll need more than a year to get used to it.
So tomorrow I’ll be on CBS This morning. And while I’m super nervous about it, I’m also extremely excited. I’m going into it thinking, “You get to be on live TV, Colleen. When will that EVER happen again?”
Never, that’s when.
So watch CBS tomorrow from 7-9 in the morning so you can see me talk about all the things I was sure would never, ever happen.
Oh, and a quick happy book birthday to Sky and a heads up that the paperback of Hopeless was released today in Bookstores. Take a look at this pic! It’s gawjess!