When the shoe is on the other foot…

Aug 25, 2022 | 1 comment

Freelance Writer Katherine Lacaze of Seaside

Today, Tucker and I were interviewed for Our Coast magazine by freelance writer Katherine Lacaze.  She had contacted me some days ago by email, indicating that she was interested in “looking into how Oysterville has evolved over the years and… how the status as a National Historic District impacts the lifestyle and culture in the town…”  She also asked if there might be someone else she might talk to while she was here.  And so… here we were.

I’m not always eager to give interviews.  I’ve found, over the years, that writers coming to Oysterville often have agendas of their own and what we say to them is not always reported accurately — at least from our point of view.  It makes me gun shy.

2022 Regatta – Photo by Vicki Carter

On the other hand, I’m well aware of the difficulties in translating an interview into a cohesive story — one that will hold up in print, remaining true to the intent of both the interviewee and the writer.  Been there, done that, and it isn’t always easy.  Both the speaker and the writer bring far more to the interview than words can easily convey and it’s the rare occasion when everyone is happy with the outcome.

All I can say about today’s experience is that, for me at least, it was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve experienced in a long time.  Katherine made it easy.  She asked good questions — questions that made us think.  “What makes Oysterville, Oysterville?” she said as she was wrapping things up.  Yes!  What does?

And, of course, sharing that bright interview spotlight with Tucker made the time fly by.  (Two hours?  Really??)  We both got to telling stories, sharing memories, and recalling the parts of Oysterville that we miss as the twenty-first century gallops along.  It will be interesting to see how Katherine weaves it all into the Oysterville article she has in mind.  Stay tuned…

1 Comment

  1. Kristina Jones

    Beloved Cuz, what a charming piece of writing yourself! It’s about time that a good writer interviewed you to your satisfaction. You have entertained all of us — your friends and family — for so many years and shared the beauty of all that is OYSTERVILLE! Congratulations! Long May You Wave! Love and kisses, KK


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