Despite knowing I had almost no chance of landing an interview with an author of Knowitall’s caliber on the eve of her latest release, the fact that I had acquired her private number meant I had to at least try. According to my source, Knowitall’s secret phone number is part of an elaborate system of security measures created to protect her from hoards of overzealous paparazzi and fans. Nervously, I called the number and was ready when a man who identified himself as “Shizzle” answered from what sounded like the inside of a phone booth.
Carefully following the security code instructions I had been given, I replied, “Looking for Ima, B**ch!” then hung up and waited five minutes before calling again.
This time, Ima answered. “Who is this?”
“My name is Ned. I’m with Long Awkward Pause.”
“Do I owe you money?”
“No,” I answered, engaging in what I had been warned would be an elaborate filtration system all for the sake of personal security. According to my source, it was the same security service utilized by Hollywood superstars like Polly Shore and the guy who did the voice for Alf. In that moment, the high cost of fame was never more evident.
Within moments, we had arranged to meet for a breakfast interview. After toying with the idea of chatting together over a lush seafood buffet at her favorite and highly exclusive Beverly Hills eatery, where she revealed the kitchen prepares a special shrimp and pepperjack scone just for her, for the sake of anonymity she suggested we meet instead at lower-profile Culver City restaurant called Sam N’ Ella’s.
“If you pass the Department of Health building, you’ve gone too far,” she instructed, then told me her fleet of vehicles had become too recognizable, and would therefore be arriving in a private bus disguised as public transportation.
“I sometimes let celebrity friends ride with me, but only if they go incognito,” she said. “So don’t be surprised if it’s full. I have a lot of friends. See you at approximately 9:03.” [click]
As I drove to meet her, I couldn’t help but wonder: Would I be willing to pay the same price for celebrity?
Fortunately, working at Long Awkward Pause, it’s a question I’ll never have to answer.
Fortunately, I arrived at Sam N’ Ella’s just in time to witness a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with “Sam” tearing away yellow tape and some type of “welcome back” sticker from the Health Department across the front door. Before long, I was seated at the back of the restaurant and watching as Ima arrived by bus [wink-wink] across the street. As predicted, it was full of celebrity friends dressed like everyday people! Though I can’t be sure, I’m pretty sure I saw Tom Cruz dressed as that fat guy from “Tropic Thunder.”
Peeling off her coat, Ima suggested we order fast because “This place is so chic sometimes it closes super fast, and you don’t get your food until the next day.”
Again, I was reminded of how much I don’t know about living in the world of celebrity.
LAP: After so many books, is it still nerve racking in the final days before a new release?
Ima: (Yelling in the direction of the kitchen) I’ll have a taco omelette! (turning back to me) Did my assistant get ahold of you about the reimbursement for this?
LAP: No, was she supposed to?
Ima: It doesn’t matter. What was your question?
LAP: Do you still…
Ima: Oh yeah, yeah. The book. No, I don’t get nervous about anything. Wait, you’re paying for this, right?
LAP: Tell me about your inspiration for Time-Traveling Vampires of Love. Was it an idea you’d been working for a while or something completely new?
Ima: The name was actually changed yesterday to 50 Shades of Time-Traveling Love Vampires, and yes, it’s something completely new.
LAP: Are there any authors who influence your writing?
Ima: None that I can think of. (Glancing toward the kitchen) What’s taking so long on that omelette?
LAP: What can you tell us about Vampires of Love?
Ima: Boy meets whiny teenage girl. Girl realizes she likes things a little rough. Boy turns out to be time-traveling vampire. It’s not rocket science.
LAP: How do you come up with the names for your characters? Do you name them after family, people you know or names that evoke a mood or feeling?
Ima: Her name is Ella and his Edwardo. They just came to me.
LAP: Edwardo? This sounds familiar for some reason.
Ima: I don’t see how; he’s a Mexican vampire.
Sam: Everybody OUT! That ASShole from the health department is coming!
LAP: I suppose that means our interview is over?
Ima: Not if the Del Taco on Imperial Avenue re-opened again…
(Coming Soon: Part II of my exclusive interview with Ima Knowitall)
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