Tuesday, March 5, 2013
My job offers very weird quirks. Well, I needed to travel to Washington, DC this week and it turned out that one of my favorite authors was conducting a book signing in Baltimore. That man was R.A. Salvatore. I had to go and it was well worth it. I got a chance to listen to his stories about creating some of my favorite characters. It was a great time. I was able to share some of my experiences writing and my reasons to self publish.
I did ask him about his Star Wars: Vector Prime novel. It was the Star Wars publishers that asked him to kill off Chewbacca and I know he took a lot of heat from fans. Wow. What would I do? Turn down a chance to write a spectacular novel for one of the most popular Sci-fi universes today? I doubt I would either, but I know it had to be hard. Killing off a beloved character had to be super hard and I imagine Karen Traviss had to feel the same when she killed off Mara Jade Skywalker in Sacrifice.
This trip already was a win for me and I hope to complete it by finishing The Last Threshold.