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Crooked Cat Author of the Week – The Question Post

It’s time for a change.

It’s time for a change.

I’ve changed my profile photo over social media. I’ve also changed various cover photos.

Miriam Drori

I have news, but I can’t divulge it yet.

And, in conjunction with the featuring of me on Crooked Cat’s website from tomorrow, 7th March, this post is the one you should use to ask me questions. You can ask me anything at all. I don’t promise to answer everything, but I’ll do my best!

So, do watch the (possibly unusual) video and read the extra stuff, all on Crooked Cat’s home page. And then come back here to ask about me, my life, my books, my writing, even… Shock   …my poetry.

OK, your turn, go to the comments
OK, your turn, go to the comments
OK, your turn, go to the comments

Important: My Kindle titles are reduced for this week. That’s CULTIVATING A FUJI and SOCIAL ANXIETY REVEALED.

Two Books On Sale

OK, your turn, go to the comments
OK, your turn, go to the comments me page, you have to click Comments at the top
(But if you’re reading this from the Home page, you have to click Comments at the top )

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

8 replies on “Crooked Cat Author of the Week – The Question Post”

Hmm. You’ve probably noticed this isn’t a good time to travel. Fortunately, we didn’t have any trips planned. I usually wish we could plan them in advance, while my other half prefers them to be almost spontaneous. However, just now, I’m glad we tend to veer towards spontaneous. Nothing planned, nothing lost…financially, anyway.

Miriam, you say you suffer from social anxiety, and yet you give readings and presentations. You dance in the centre of the circle, happy to be seen. How do you reconcile those opposing traits?

Thank you. I’m glad you asked that question. First of all, “suffer” is a problematic word. I have a great life. And, since accepting that social anxiety will always be a part of me, I can’t say I suffer. But yes, I live with it.

Social anxiety affects different people in different ways. Most of those who have it wouldn’t do any of those things you mentioned. This is why I call it the hidden disorder. (“Disorder” is also a problematic word, but I’ll leave that for now.) Social anxiety isn’t known or understood because the vast majority of those who have it aren’t able to speak out about it.

I’m really only affected in spontaneous talking. I get a thrill out of standing in front of an audience and love giving talks I’ve planned in advance. This is why I decided I’m suited to bringing social anxiety out into the open.

If you want me to come and give a talk about it, I’m available. But I’m not travelling abroad at the moment. (See my reply to the comment above.)

Hi Katy, you certainly can. The answer is: social anxiety! I always knew I could express myself in writing, but I didn’t feel I had anything special to say. Until I discovered my problem had a name and I came into econtact with a large group of people with similar difficulties. What disturbed me the most was that social anxiety is hardly known, let alone understood, and I resolved to do all I could to rectify this. For me, the obvious way was through writing.
I began with the non-fiction book that was eventually published as “Social Anxiety Revealed”. I then delved into the world of fiction, starting with a story (fortunately discarded) of a character with social anxiety before branching out into other areas.
I’d rather I didn’t have social anxiety, but it led to something I love doing. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

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