I Met My Hero Last Night
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Hallie Sawyer
September 2010
Contributor
Written by
Hallie Sawyer
September 2010

I went to Diana Gabaldon's book signing last night. Yes, she came to Kansas City. Not sure why. Maybe it was in her contract that she had to visit the Midwest every few years to keep the natives happy. It was my first book signing and I am so000 glad she was my first. I wouldn't have it any other way. I consider her my inspiration and a personal hero. Can't you see that stunned, "I can't believe I am standing here" look in my eyes? Great picture of her, bad of me. What do ya do. [shrug] Why is she my hero? What is it about her that makes me sing her praises? Oh, let me count the reasons. You might want to fill up that coffee cup. It could take a while. Reasons I love, adore, and idolize her: *She cusses in her writing *She talks fast (as a fellow fast talker, she is my validation) *Her sense of humor comes through in her writing as well as in her public speaking *She cusses well. *She created Jamie and Claire (that alone demands devotion) *She signed my copy of her book, The Exile, and wrote "To Hallie--Good luck with your writing!" (I shamelessly told her what an inspiration she is to me and that I was writing my first book. Pretty sure I rambled something else but don't remember.) *She reads excerpts from her book and isn't afraid to use the F word, twice I might add. *She takes her time with her writing so that she gets it right. *She is intelligent beyond words. *She was 36 when she started writing her novel (same as me!!) *She started writing a book with the intention of just learning how to write. (same as me!!) Things I learned last night: *Her novels have shapes to them. Outlander was a series of 3 triangles. Dragonfly in Amber was a dumbbell. *She walks the stage when she speaks because it engages the audience. In her writing, she has one sentence in each paragraph that indicates movement because it engages the reader. Told you she was smart. *Her first fiction sale was actually a comic for Disney at the age of 28 and she wrote scripts for Disney for several years. *The movie rights to her books are being optioned as well as for a mini-series (do we dare to hope?) *Her husband is a six-foot-four redhead. Damn her. *She is writing another book in the Lord John Grey series called The Scottish Prisoner, which will come out before her next Outlander book. *She used about 600 books for research for the Outlander series. Gack! *She looks even younger in person and her skin is flawless (one audience member at the signing commented on this during the Q&A and asked for her skin regime-WHAT?! THAT was your big question?! ) I think it would be so cool to look back on the picture above and then have the following conversation: Me: "Remember when you signed my book?" DG: "Oh gosh, yes! You were my favorite attendee that night." Me: "Why, thank you. And you were mine." (laughing) DG: "Hey, do you mind signing another book? This one is for my niece." Me: "Psha..anything for you, BFF. By the way, did you still want me to look over your 3rd draft?" DG: "Absolutely. Now let's get a picture." (We pose together at my book signing and she puts it on her blog.) Did I mention I was a dreamer? :) This picture is going to be framed and placed on my desk, staring at me each and every day, reminding me that anything is possible with hard work and determination. And a little sunscreen and the right moisturizer. (I'm telling you, it is like porcelain!)

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