Natalie Dee = not interested

I emailed Natalie Dee today to ask if she might be interested in doing an interview for the book.  She wrote back within an hour to tell me that she’s not interested.  To be honest, that one could have gone either way.  At first, I was a little miffed by some of the things she said in her email, but the more I thought about it, the more I came to realize a few things.

  1.  Just because a woman has a baby and does creative work doesn’t mean she’s going to be interested in a book about mothers who do creative work.  It’s not a given that mothers feel the same way about the subject that I do, and that’s okay.  I’ve chosen my life’s work–being a mother, staying home to raise my children.  I feel that that is the right choice for me and my family.  But that is not the answer across the board.
  2. I need thicker skin.
  3. This response really makes me want to go out there and find so many more women who do understand and appreciate this project.  I still believe in this book, this project, this idea.  I can’t let one little bump in the road, one person’s opinion make me want to give up.  It just adds fuel to the fire.  Fuel to the fire.