Amanda Hocking

me pretending I’m famous

June 2nd, 2010 by
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I don’t like talking about my books. When people ask me about them, I always get very vague and evasive, and change the subject as soon I’m able.

I don’t know why I’m so uncomfortable. I love my books. I think they’re good and funny and enjoyable. And I can talk endlessly about any other topic in pop culture. I could spend 2 hours explaining ad nauseum why Keiran Culkin is the best Culkin. (And he is, but all the Culkins are good. All of them.)

What is it about talking about something I’ve done that makes me so awkward?

I can talk about myself in relation to celebrities. I was once in a music video (truth). For a few months, I regularly exchanged messages via the internet with Craig Fairbaugh of (+44) and Transplants fame (he is very nice.) Debra Jo Rupp once made a joke at my expense. And I stared blankly at Michael Ian Black.

Oh, and the other day I got recognized. In real life. A lady stopped me and said, “Hey, you’re the girl that writes those vampire books aren’t you?” And I said, “Yes, yes, I am” and awkwardly detangled myself from the conversation.

I am not smooth, and I don’t know what to say about myself.

Anyway – the point of this is that if you’re eloquent and can say things about my books, I’d enjoy it a lot if you did, but only if you want to. Because I’m not any good at pretending to be famous.

Look, here’s the video I was in! Me and my friend Valerie were actaully asked to participate in the testimonials, where the wind chill was about 30 below, but ours didn’t make the cut. 🙁



See, I’m famous! (That is sarcasm, by the way.) We got to talk to Terry and Kelly most of the time. That was fun. 

Addendum: I’ve also met Darth Vader. I can’t find my picture with him (cause that’s how life is), but here’s a pic of my friend Petey with him (I’m the one taking the picture.)





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