Sunday

R.A. Salvatore at the Mark Twain House

The director of Communications at the Mark Twain House in Hartford has more than once jokingly called me their resident nerd. But I love running events there and was thrilled that I got to interview R.A. Salvatore on stage this week.  I so rarely get to run live events but Bob was just an incredibly nice, easy to talk to guy. He opened up and spoke about The Sundering, what was going on in his life while he was writing Mortalis (which he thinks is his best book and I'm inclined to agree), the genius of James Joyce's The Dead, how Terry Brooks has helped him over the years, shared some George Lucas stories, how he approaches writing the Drizzit books, and more. (I also complained about the lack of a map in Archmage...what's a fantasy book without a map!)

He also revealed that there are two Drizzit books coming out next year - Maestro in the spring and a third (as yet untitled) book in the Homecoming trilogy in the fall - and then he's going to stop writing two Drizzit novels a year and write another Demonwars book.

It was a great crowd who asked a lot of fabulous questions. Bob was incredible and was there late talking to everyone and signing books and posing for pictures. An incredible evening.

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