|Deb and I waiting for Diana!|
It was perfect. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go. I was at the event for more than 4 1/2 hours, but it was worth it to me. While meeting Diana and having her sign one of my books was a great honor and I was most definitely starstruck, the best part of the event was listening to her speak. Being a wannabe writer myself I was enthralled and really enjoyed hearing how she started in the business. At the time she was working full-time for a university and was raising 3 young children. In her spare time she wrote and she was never going to publish her work, she just wanted to know if she could write a novel and see it to the end. She shared snippets with an online writing community and what was once a personal project turned into a highly acclaimed and beloved series. My favorite anecdote was answering a question about whether or not she does her own researching and why doesn't she hire someone to do that work for her. Diana's answer, granted this is not verbatim, but you get the gist: She has a personal assistant. If she wants hot dogs for dinner that night, she'll send her personal assistant out who picks up the fixings for dinner and they eat hot dogs. But if Diana, herself, goes out with the intention of buying hot dogs for dinner, she might come across chicken breasts on sale and then she thinks hmmmm, I can make curried chicken, I have all the spices, what else would go well this? Oh, look at that lettuce, it looks fresh and beautiful with the water glistening on it, let's make a salad, let's add some walnuts, and oh, look at these tomatoes, I'll add that as well. And she ends up with curried chicken and a hearty salad instead of hot dogs for dinner. Why doesn't she use a research assistant for her writing, if she did then you'd just get hot dogs ;)
|Listening to Diana!|
|She signed my book!|
Thank you Diana for letting us into your world! It was an honor to meet you and to hear you speak!