My first book tour appearance would be on the #1 morning news program, THE TODAY SHOW. I had a 5 minute segment with 4 remotes answering questions from 4 viewers around the country. I had to prepare 3 bullet point answers in advance for each question which would be displayed on TV’s, but not on my monitor, and I had to hit each one in order.
My publicist and I were standing just outside the studio entrance to the Today Show rehearsing as Martha Stewart walked out, having just finished her segment, looking me up and down.
We tried to find a seat in the tiny green room, but it was filled up by Paula Dean and her entourage of sons and family. I was so rehearsed I could hit the bullet points in my sleep; it was a good thing because when we went live with the interview, Anne Curry asked me the wrong question first, sending the producers into a panic behind her as I adlibbed, not remembering a word I said.