Last October, my daughter-in-law Elle Lindquist interviewed me about growing up as an adopted child in the years before open adoption and how that has impacted my life—which is related to the memoir I'm blogging here

This interview was planned in the summer before I had the routine mammogram that indicated I might have cancer. And I have to say that the interview itself felt pretty surreal. We did it a few days before I had breast cancer surgery, while I was in the midst of getting ready for all that might entail. (And while I still had hair!) So it was very much, "Forget about the upcoming cancer surgery, get dressed up, put on some makeup, and focus on Elle's questions about your life before cancer for a few hours." 

I think Elle did a great job considering this was her first time doing a major 1:1 interview. Especially since she'd rented expensive equipment and one of the cameras kept shutting itself off! If I'd been doing the interview, I'd have been flustered, but Elle kept her cool and I just sat back and relied on her to make it work. And she did!

We talked for well over an hour and Elle managed to get it down to a little over 40 minutes, so grab a cup of tea or some chocolate before you sit down to watch the interview. I hope you enjoy it!

February 19, 2019

About the author 

N. J. Lindquist

N. J. Lindquist is the award-winning author of books, articles, short stories, and blog posts. She also edits and publishes the "Hot Apple Cider" anthologies. A former high school teacher, N. J. co-founded The Word Guild and teaches workshops for writers as well as speaking on various topics including creativity and leadership.

  • Both you and Elle deserve kuddo’s for the interview. It was very interesting, informative and well presented. We would have never known you were facing cancer surgery within days.

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