|He's a big guy! Former hockey player,|
boxer and bouncer.
R.A. told many interesting stories throughout the hour he talked. He gave us some background info and told about where he is now in his writing for about 10-15 minutes, then went into some questions and answers. What's coming up? Well, definitely one more in the series, possibly two, but he didn't give anything definite about that. During the Q&A he answered a question I had been wondering that someone else asked: Why the time jump? The series hopped ahead 100 years, and left Drizzt alone- all his companions dead by battle or age. Well, that's what Wizards of the Coast wanted (they own/run Dungeons and Dragons, the realm R.A. writes in), so he had to.
He talked about his writing process a bit. He'll write at his computer while listening to instrumental music (I don't recall specifically to), and does his best work on a plane. He said he hates flying and popping on his headphones, opening up his laptop and putting himself in another place helps the flights go by quickly.
He talked about how playing dungeons and dragons has influenced him in his writing and how a couple of the characters he played for longer periods of time became characters in his stories- Cadderly and an annoying character who's name eludes me (I should've jotted down some notes...). Drizzt was never a character of his- one many of us there thought was one of his.
|I waited, geekily excited, |
to see my favorite author
|Signing The Lone Drow|
I got my books signed, shook hands, got a quick picture and practically skipped back to my car.
If you get a chance to see R.A. Salvatore speak, if he's within a couple hours of you, GO! He was very funny, friendly, and informative.
Have you ever met your favorite author?? Who was it?