So last week, I was honored to help out with a book signing for The Gathering Storm, the newest Wheel of Time book. The creator was Robert Jordan, after he died in 2007, Brandon Sanderson was hired to complete the series. The Wheel of Time is an epic fantasy series consisting of 12 books, with 2 more to come in the next two years to finish it up. I highly recommend it if you are into that kind of thing.
Brandon Sanderson is author of many amazing books, including the Mistborn trilogy and a series of Young Adult novels called Alcatrez that are basically improv writing. Seriously, if you have a 9-13 year old who enjoys snarky comments and stories about librarians that rule the world, or have ever BEEN a 9-13 year old, you need to check them out. For serious.
As payment for helping out with the book signing, we got to have dinner with Mr. Sanderson, paid for by the publisher. During the dinner, we got to ply him with tons of questions about anything we wanted. Only a few were about the Wheel of Time series, but I did get to get in my question. It’s convoluted and confusing to anyone that hasn’t read them, but it was a question I had asked the previous author, Robert Jordan, years ago when I had met him. The answer that he had given was this:
“Young lady, you need to have an affair with a man, woman or German Shepherd. Either way, you need to get a life.”
Upon asking this question to Mr. Sanderson, he interrupted me with “That was you?!” Apparently the story has been going around the fan world for years.
I also received a coveted “R.A.F.O.” card from him. R.A.F.O. stands for “Read and Find Out” which was an extremely common answer for any question that might be exposed in the future books.
It was a good day.
And yes, my name is Kathy. Anyone that has commented will not be surprised. :p