View Full Version : A reporter is coming to my house

Susan Breen
03-31-2008, 04:00 AM
She's coming tomorrow, to interview me, and now I'm feeling like this is a really bad idea. How clean should the house be? Do I offer something to eat? (She's coming at 11:30.) What's the etiquette?

03-31-2008, 04:33 AM
I had tea, coffee and savoury roulades (home-made - my speciality) for a 3pm interview. I remembered to have milk and sugar available. The house was tidy, which is a miracle around here. It went very well because she wanted the story and I wanted to make sure it was interesting. It's just a business meeting and I treated it that way.

Make sure the interviewer sends the story to you for confirmation, just in case something is wrong. And relax.

04-01-2008, 12:27 AM
I didn't care about the house being neat, because one of the threads in my book is what a slob I am. But, my husband sure did (another is that he's a neat freak), so he cleaned.

I offered drinks (coffee, tea, soda) but that's about it. Guess I'm not a terribly good host, either! (Thanks, Mumut - great idea to have snacks. Now I'll know for next time.)

04-01-2008, 12:34 AM
It's a good idea, Susan. And your house should be as clean as it would be if you were having a very important guest over. YOu want to show the reporter respect, right?

And if you have a lot of shoes--like Chuck--maybe you should have those neatly displayed too.;)

I wish you luck.:)

04-01-2008, 12:45 AM
I would just have beverages (maybe sparkly water and tea?) and maybe something small to nibble on, like cookies or mini croissants. I can't remember if you live in Manhattan or not. If so, Payard delivers if you are feeling fancy-schmancy.

It will be fine, just be your sweet and charming self.

Susan Breen
04-01-2008, 01:28 AM
She came and she was lovely. (I confined her to the neatest room in the house.) We talked about writing for two hours! Thanks to everyone for your help!

04-01-2008, 01:34 AM
So ya put the dirty dishes in the oven?

04-01-2008, 01:39 AM
"(I confined her to the neatest room in the house.)"

For us, that would have been the garden shed - the only spot my husband has absolute dominion over, as I refuse to step foot in it.

Please post when the article comes out!

05-05-2008, 06:12 AM
Glad this went well... it can be nervewracking!