Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.


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The Bet

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Fellow author Brian Farrey, author of the forthcoming With You or Without You (whose name keeps coming up on this blog for inexplicable reasons—I swear he is not the only writer I know) laid down a gauntlet today on Twitter.

First he linked to this Atlantic article about a Stephen King short story, “Herman Wouk is Still Alive.”

“Every year my son Owen and I have a bet on the NCAA March Madness Tournament,” King said, “and last year the stakes were that the loser would have to write a story [with a title] the winner gave to him. And I lost. Except I really won, because I got this story that I really like.”

Along with the link, Brian tweeted, “Anybody wanna make a bet with similar stakes w/me?”

He got two takers.  Foolish me and fellow YA author Kimberly Pauley.

Now.  We need a bet (sports is probably out, as both Kimberly and I would be guessing), and a title, but I guess the winner gets to inflict that torture.  But the bet itself…any ideas shouted out from the floor?

Believe me when I say I’ll keep you posted on how this turns out.  Just think…you can witness (tiny, silly, insignificant) history in the making!

Ideas welcome.  Please comment.