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The Visit With My Favorite Author: RA Salvatore
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The Visit With My Favorite Author: RA Salvatore

One day I logged on to my Facebook account and saw a post from R.A. Salvatore. It read something like this: "I will be around Redondo Beach, CA, if you're around stop by and get a book signed."

I didn't believe it at first but I told myself "that's it!". I quickly made plans to visit the bookstore that night, but I still didn't believe that I would soon shake hands with one I admired so much and always wondered how he got there, how he did it and so forth. The whole day was magical because I knew I was about to fulfill a dream of mine.

When I arrived I was one of the last to stop by. Several of the people had already left and there were almost no more of the new released books left. When I finally saw him from afar I barely believed what was about to happen. I promptly purchased the new release and brought with the only book I had with me from our move from Utah.

That whole day I came to believe that we moved to CA for various reasons, and this was one of them. I cannot remember when I decided to write seriously, but I wrote since I was little, and when I read R.A. Salvatore's books I knew what genre I would write. I had a long experience with fantasy, starting at around age 9, when I first played Diablo 1. I went on to play D&D for a long time and even becoming a DM, writing my own campaign setting.

So this day was a day to remember.

He carried a great energy, one I rarely felt on people. When It finally was my turn to come up I asked for an advice for an aspiring writer/author. He wrote it and then looked me in the eyes and said: "This is my honest advice." We then shook hands and took a picture. Later I read what he wrote and it hit me to the heart! It was true to me and at that point I knew I would fulfill my other dreams.

Essentially the advice was that a true writer never stops writing, otherwise they are not true writers. Wow! Suddenly I had all the fire to write and continue with my book.

I hold dear to that day, for I remember bringing with me his first published novel, "The Crystal Shard" and then I purchased the latest, and look at both and then at him and told myself that I would also be there one day.

So all I have to say to all aspiring authors is, never give up and take your time.


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