Something I forgot to mention...
A few weeks ago while in Minneapolis for Quilt Market, Alex Anderson stopped by our booth to see if I’d like to be interviewed for her new Podcast feature on her website. Before I could answer, my husband, John responded, “She’d love to! Where and when?”
“Let’s schedule it for tomorrow,” Alex said, and gave me her hotel room number, which I scribbled on a stickie. Then she looked at me with her big baby blues and added, “In the meantime think about what you’d like to discuss.”
Ack! I was stumped. I hightailed it to my hotel room and emailed my office, “What the heck do I have to talk about?”
I went back to the show floor and polled vendors nearby, “Hi. You don’t know me, but Alex Anderson wants to interview me. What should I talk about?”
That night in my hotel room bed with a soundly sleeping husband to my right, I stared helplessly and wide-eyed at the ceiling. “What do I know that someone else might be mildly interested in besides my Chico's obsession?"
The next morning, twenty minutes before the scheduled interview, Kim DeCoste, assistant director for the education division for Quilts, Inc. stopped by our booth to chat. “What would people want to know?” I asked him.
He looked at me a bit dubiously as if I was asking the most obvious of questions and said in his charming Houston drawl, “Well, people probably want to know how and why you started the magazine, where you get your inspiration, and how you find artists.”
Huh. Interesting. I suppose I believe that all of you can get inside my head and you know these answers already (or that you may not be interested in them in the first place).
Ten minutes prior to meeting with Alex, John took me squarely by the shoulders and said, “Just promise me one thing: Don’t swear, okay?” (A teeny, eensy fault I have from watching too many “Sopranos” episodes.)
As I walked from the convention center to Alex’s room, I went over my script in my head of all of the intelligent, insightful comments I would make. I’d dazzle people with my knowledge of the quilting and publishing worlds. I’d inspire newbies to pick up needle and thread. I’d be confident. Hip. Funny!
I arrived at the hotel, pulled the crumbled up stickie with her hotel room number from my pocket, and jauntily stepped into the elevator to punch for the 21st floor---only to realize there was no 21st floor. I’d written the room number down incorrectly. Wiping the sweat from my brow, I pushed the hold button on the elevator (much to the annoyance of fellow elevator riders) while I quickly tried to think how I could have screwed this up. I took the gamble that I might have transposed the first two numbers and punched for the 12th floor. Fortunately I was right, and arrived at Alex’s room on time (albeit a little rattled).
Door ajar, and with a holler, “Come in, Pokey!” Alex was quick to put me at ease. If you’ve never met Alex before, she’s utterly down to earth. No airs about her and very funny. Before we got started with the interview, we reminisced about “Simply Quilts”, good books on creativity, discussed her upcoming Mediterranean cruise, and talked all things girlie (that’s code for skin care).
This interview is very relaxed. I’m afraid I didn’t say anything terribly witty, but it was fun nonetheless, and hopefully it’ll give you a little insight into my job.
And I didn’t swear.
Alex Anderson Interview
Enjoy. (Scroll down to Episode #21)