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Under Pressure: Nailing The Celebrity Interview

Break the ice with VIPs so you can address sticky topics and get the goods

By Kristen Fischer - January 3, 2011

Early in her writing career, Jessica McCann was given the opportunity of a lifetime: An interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

"I was a bit star-struck to be speaking with such a powerful woman in America's history," recalls McCann, an Arizona-based writer and author of All Different Kinds of Free.

During the phone interview, she wound up saying something that seemed to cause O'Connor to clam up—shortly after, all she got was short answers and plenty of silence. "It was a disaster," adds McCann.

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