When you meet someone new or attend a party, the dreaded question always comes up.

“What do you do?”

We’ve all heard it. We’ve all produced an answer.

My answer is easy, there is one common thread in everything I do.

That thread is storytelling.

As a teacher, I told stories to help my students learn. As an antiques dealer, I told stories about the antiques I sold. As a writer, I create characters and their stories. Stories, which, in turn, are published. We all share stories in social conversations.

When I’m asked the question “What do I do?” My answer is, “I’m a storyteller.” then go on to explain I’m a published author.

Then come the tough follow-up questions: “What kind?“ “Where can I find your stories?” “Have I read any of them?”

The questions do offer the opportunity to mention my titles and hand out a calling card.

Not a bad thing.

I’m grateful my stories take written form in bookstores and libraries. I would love for everyone I talk with and/or readers of this blog to buy my books. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

Truth is, either way, is okay. I’ll always tell stories, no matter what the format – oral or written.

For you see, there’s always a story to tell.

What about you, how do you answer the dreaded question “What do you do?” when someone asks?