Some writers are very outgoing people.
Others enjoy the writing life because it's solitary - a life of the mind that doesn't require constant engagement with other people.
I'm probably somewhere in the middle. But when it comes to public speaking, I am squarely in the please-no! camp. (This does not count kids - I'm always happy to visit with them!)
So you will understand when I tell you that, since today I'm off to Saratoga Springs to give a talk to actual professional grown-ups, I am undergoing a whole new experience of the term trial by fire!
Wish me luck! If I survive, I'll tell you about it tomorrow. Or possibly the day after depending on recovery time :)