For this Sharon Glassman bio, I interviewed myself:
Q: How did you start performing stories?
A: I was trained as a journalist. I still write and report about the arts and sciences. But I’m also an introvert. So, the big question for me was: how can I create meaningful stories my way?
Q: Hold on! Define introvert.
A: Sure! I think a lot. And I notice things other people overlook. But I get exhausted by loud environments, parties, crowds. I need to recharge my batteries reading a book. Or baking biscotti. Downtime is my essential vitamin.
Q: Sorry about that digression. I didn’t mean to interrupt you.
A: That’s okay. I do that sometimes, too. (smiles) Back to stories: I started writing and producing topical radio essays. And I performed reported stories in places that weren’t officially theaters.
Q: Where are some of the most unusual places you’re performed your stories?
I’ve told a holiday story in the lobby of New York City’s main post office and strangers’ homes. I performed a monologue about women physicists in science labs. I perform my “novel” audio novel in stores. Bakeries. Distilleries.
Q: At some of your shows, audience members eat the same food as your fictional characters. And at one concert, the audience smelled perfumed waters as they listened to your songs. Why do you do things like that?
A: I wanted my audiences to enjoy the show with multiple senses. Because that’s how we experience life, right?
Q: How did you take the leap into writing and performing fiction?
A: I jogged across The Brooklyn Bridge one morning. Then, I caught the ferry to Hoboken from Lower Manhattan. Honestly? I was playing hooky. But that jog changed my life. The Hoboken Ferry Terminal is such a beautiful building. I decided to write a funny, smart novel set there. After I wrote the first draft of Blame It On Hoboken, I moved to Colorado.
A: You want the short answer?
A: Because life is short and America is large and wondrous. Which brings us to where I am now, and what I’m doing.
I create original fiction and songs for The Lazy Person’s Book Club live shows, audiobooks and podcast. I also sing, play guitar and fiddle in The Jamesons Duo, an acoustic Americana band.
I’m the author of Love, Santa (Grand Central Publishing) and The Lazy Person’s Book Club audio novel with songs, Blame It On Hoboken (Blackstone Audio).
Q: Anything you’d like to add to this Sharon Glassman bio?
A: I appreciate this opportunity to chat with you.