Went to see R. A. Salvatore last Friday night. He’s been one of my literary heroes since I was twelve. I know he got a lot of shit about working for TSR/Wizards of the Coast. He talked a little about it. Apparently, writing for a chain like WotC gets you flack from SF/F writers the same as those SF/F writers get from people who don’t produce genre fiction. You’d think those SF/F folks would know better, having gotten the same shit themselves.
Haters can hate all they want, though. Salvatore’s fight scenes can’t be beaten, and they fostered my love for fight scenes in general. Salvatore is the reason my characters are so stabby, or so I tell myself. When I got to the front of the line to have my book signed, I told him he was one of my heroes, and I told him I had a book coming out.
He wished me good luck, congratulated me…and then I gave him a bookmark. ^_^ One of my friends called that “ballsy” but it seemed a natural move. He took it, and I was ecstatic, but later I thought, what could he have done differently? Said no? Even if it gets thrown in the trash or left in a hotel room, I’m still glad I did it. I got to share something with my hero, and that’s the most important part.
Have you ever met one of your heroes, literary or otherwise? What did you share with him/her?