Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Me and Lee Child - EEK!

The Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America is sponsoring The MWA Hot Ticket Event at Bouchercon which is a way fans can win one of ten lucky tickets that will enable them to spend approximately an hour with one of their favorite MWA authors at B'con this year. The authors participating are:
There were rules about How to get a HOT TICKET posted at the MWA Midwest Chapter website, and the Bouchercon 2009 website, and it was announced at DorothyL and several other places. The rules were stated as follows: The quest for one of the first five tickets for each author begins now! Tell us, in less than 150 words, why you should get a ticket. Be creative! For example, tell us about your six degrees of separation from the author, or cite a quote from one of their books and what it means to you, or tell us the question you’ve always wanted to ask him or her. You have 150 words to convince us you’re the one who should be in that small group setting. Give us your best reason!

Second Chances:
If you don’t win one of the first five tickets, don’t despair…there’s a second chance drawing for the remaining five tickets to each author’s event. Watch this website for more details on how to get into the second chance drawing, or visit the MWA booth at Bouchercon to enter.

What a lovely idea they came up with!

The opportunity to be a part of an hour visit with one of these legends of the mystery world just sounded too cool to pass up. And after some waffling, I decided to try my hand at writing 150 words about why I should be one the lucky people selected. And if I could choose just one of these authors to spend an hour with, who would it be?

I chose Lee Child.

Most everyone who knows me knows I'm over the moon crazy about Lee Child's work (and him - isn't he dishy?!), but making that choice wasn't as easy as it sounds. I mean, look at the names on that list! And while I could have tried my hand at writing something for more than one - well, I'll tell you. I worked so long and so hard on the piece I did for Lee Child, I just didn't think I had it in me to do it again.

Many of you may have figured out by now, being concise is not one of my strong suits. Getting to the point takes me awhile. As far as I'm concerned, 150 words is just warming up! Michael Dean, a very dear friend of mine who I will miss till the day I die, used to say this to me almost every day - "Kaye. Can we just have The Reader's Digest version, please?!" I just never have gotten that right, I'm afraid (apologies to Michael, who I'm sure never expected me to).

But I guess my 150 words were O.K., 'cause I've been chosen as one of the lucky people who will get to spend about an hour with Lee Child along with 9 more lucky people. Hooray and Yippee Skippy!

Will it be fun?!

Am I excited?!

Boy Howdy!


I am over the moon!

If you read my post Bouchercon 2008 - My First B'con, you may remember me squealing about meeting Mr. Child, thanks to an introduction by my friend Sandra Ruttan. And even working up the nerve to ask him if we could have a picture taken together. And being lucky enough to have Reed Farrel Coleman take the picture (one of the few of me that turned out fairly well!).



Seems I'll be having some things to squeal about right here at Meanderings and Muses when I return from this year's Bouchercon too.

Pfft! was there ever any doubt?


Jen Forbus said...

Yay! You might have to take the scrapbook to your meeting Kaye! ;) I'm so giddy for you and for me. Indy...look out! Here we come!

Patricia Stoltey said...

How fun! Lee Child!

But back to business -- when you have time, please drop by my blog to accept your Honest Scrap Award for bloggers who post from the heart. I'm one of your stealth followers who thoroughly enjoys your blog but rarely leaves a comment.


Lynnette Labelle said...
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Lynnette Labelle said...

Congrats on winning some time with Lee Child. That's great! Makes me wonder what you said to convince them...

Lynnette Labelle

Vicki Lane said...

Congratulations! Lee Child is definitely a Hot ticket -- now you need to post your essay for us.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Thanks, everyone!

Jen - I'll take if you'd like!! Good idea!

Patricia - just dropped by your blog and it is lovely!! Thank you for the award, it means a lot. I guess I speak from the heart without realizing it, but I don't seem to know any other way. Unfortunately, it can also be known as a total lack of tact sometimes! (i spend a lot of time apologizing for "stuff.")

Lynnette & Vicki - thank you! You won't believe it, but I do not have a copy of the essay I submitted to MWA. I just sort of composed it, recomposed it, and did it again and again at their on-line form, hit submit and off it flew. As soon as I did that, my Donald said, "Well, let's see your finished version." I didn't even think to print it. But - you know, I don't think it really ever occurred to me that I might have a winner. Pfft!

I went for humor. and said something like I should be chosen because everyone else entering the contest probably lived in big cities where they could actually see Lee Child at signings and such, but what were the chances of him ever coming to Boone?! AND I said he was my favorite writer (after Pat Conroy) but not to tell him I said that, please. And I asked if someone would please ask him if he'd ever consider coming to Boone (and if so, would he bring Pat Conroy, please). Pfft! All in good fun.

Earl Staggs said...

Kaye, Darlin', I think Mr. Child is the lucky one. I'm over the moon jealous.