Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mistaken for a Celebrity

While pushing my shopping trolley around the supermarket where I do my weekly shop, I noticed one of the staff giving me strange looks.

I did what any sane person would do, I gave her a wide berth—she seemed a little odd to me.

Anyway, after about an hour, she tackled me at the spices. “I know you!” she said. “You’re that actress off Emmerdale, aren’t you?”

Since I’ve never watched the soap, I had no idea who she was referring to. “No,” I assured her.

She gave me a thorough up and down, the frown between her brows attesting to her disbelief. “Are you sure?”

I smiled and edged a little away. “I’m sure,” I told her. “I’m not an actress.”

She gave me a look that said she knew I really was, but was lying to her. “I was sure you were. You look just like her.”

She returned to her task of stacking shelves, and I hurried in the opposite direction.

The thing is, I kinda liked it. This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened to me, and I have to say, I’m looking forward to the day when strangers come up to me because they recognise me as an author, and love my books.

Have you ever had an incident when someone mistook you for a celebrity? Alternatively, if you are a fellow author, have you had fans come up to you because they recognised you? How did you react? Hopefully you didn’t run in the other direction.
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  1. Never mistaken for a celebrity but one day hubby and I brought our dog to the vet's for boarding while we were away on vacation. One of the girls was reading so naturally I struck up a conversation and told them about my books and handed them a little flyer. Another girl stared at me with wide eyes and walked around the counter. "I LOVE those books!"she declared and gave me a big hug ~ WONDERFUL feeling!

    Interesting post.

  2. I have people coming up and talking to me all the time...because they think I'm my mom. For one brief couple of weeks, I did have people coming up to me in stores because I'd won a local poetry contest and they published my pic. First time that happened was very disconcerting. :)

  3. A few of my fans tell me I am a celebrity. I don't argue with them but I don't see myself as one although it is nice that others do. They tell their friends they know me and brag about the autographed book lol. It is cool though--that authors can be looked upon in this manner. I will try to live up to their expectations although I am only human lol.

  4. I started out as a children's author and at a school booksigning one day a little boy came up to me and told me how much his sister loved my books - he talked on and on about how she read them all the time, etc. I was walking on air until I realised he was talking about someone else's books! Talk about mistaken identity - but I met the other author at a conference a while later and we had a good laugh about how I basked in her reflected glory!
    Now I live in a tiny community where I'm referred to as a 'local celebrity' lol!

  5. Thanks for sharing, girls! You gave me a good chuckle.

    Big hugs,


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