So, I got to meet and interview Edi Gathegi on behalf of Borders on Friday night in their incredibly glamorous basement alcove about the size of my linen closet. After going back and forth several times as to which media outlet got to interview Edi and in which order, we finally got to go last.
Now here’s the thing, we didn’t 100% know for sure it was going to be Edi, but once we realized that Edi did a live NYC based TV show that morning and Border’s flagship, NYC store was down the block…well, let’s just say that you didn’t need to be Alice to figure this one out.
So, Be My Escape and I scrambled and had an “I Heart Black Olives” tote bag made up because Edi first made the “black olives” reference in an interview he gave us last year and then he did it again on live TV that morning. Vito, the guy at the printing shop, thought we were nuts. “Lady, I can make it (the bag) for you in two hours, but really I don’t need to know what you want it for.”
I took a laundry marker and inscribed on the bag: “To Edi, We love you! All your fans at the Twilight Lexicon.
So it’s finally my turn to interview Edi after about 10 people who were ahead of me all of whom asked the same questions: What are you looking forward to the most, what’s your favorite part, were there any practical jokes. So I look at Rich ( our Borders rep) and I say don’t worry, I have better questions.
Now I don’t want to give away too much of Borders material before it launches on their channel but I’ll give you some hints about what I asked Edi: meadow showdown, workouts with Taylor, barefoot Laurent, and my favorite…which the audio on this is going to be fantastic…I got him to actually do the voice of Kelly (let’s see in the comments who knows who “Kelly” was).
So after the interview was over Edi looks at me because my questions were way different (as in I actually have read the books) than everyone else’s, and said “Wait, what website did you say you were from again?” So I replied, “The Twilight Lexicon, and we love your work. In fact we made you a present.” I then indicate the tote bag that I had handed off to the PR team there with Edi. He took one look at the bag, jumped in the air (this was scary cause the ceiling was way low)pumped the air and said “YES!” Turned to me, gave me a high five (which I am so glad I didn’t miss because I am the most spastic person ever when it comes to things like that)and he said “Thank you guys so much!” He said that the fans are the greatest so supportive and he loves all the fansites out there.
Stand by for all of it on Borders Media.