Several nights ago I was out walking my dog around our neighborhood and I noticed a white van parked at a side street waiting for something. It was dark so I watched it for a few minutes. Finally the van pulled out and stopped next to me. I noticed an NBC logo on the side. The driver asked if we had any crime problems in the area and what, if anything, did I have to do with crime-watch efforts. I told him we were having some problems but that they had abated lately. He told me about a story that he was following up on a new technology called Smart Water--a kind of water that, when touched by a bad guy, stays on him for up to 5 years. I was fascinated.
He was puzzled by my interest. I write crime/fiction I said.
Wow, he said, can I talk with you at your home about your books and have any of them been published as yet? I said sure to the first question--worried about my wife's reaction to TV camera's in our home late at night when she was in her Pajamas--as I was at the time as well==and no to the second, explaining that my agent was still shopping them.
So we did the interview with me at my computer typing a a passage in A Cold Copper Moon (book 3)--in our dining room--after I had explained to my wife that this was not joke as I came into the house with our dog and told her that NBC/Fox was at the door.
The moral: Don't walk your dog at night in your PJs. You never know whom you may run into.