I was SO happy with the way everything worked out. Diana recognized me immediately, and we joked a little about the "Czarina of Traffic" reference in ECHO's Acknowledgements. (I told her, "Now that my family knows about that, I'm never going to live it down." Just kidding, of course.)
I told her my role on Compuserve is turning into a full-time job since the book came out (which is only a slight exaggeration <g>), and she said she thought it would start to slow down in a couple of weeks. (I have my doubts about that, but we'll see.)
She very graciously signed EVERY book I brought. Here she's signing my OUTLANDISH COMPANION.
After she signed my books, Diana let me look through a folder containing pictures from the upcoming OUTLANDER graphic novel. I only browsed through the pictures very quickly (there were dozens and dozens of pages in the folder) but I have to say, the artwork is spectacular! I recognized quite a few scenes from OUTLANDER, including some from the oath-taking at Castle Leoch.
I love this. Of the thousands of people Diana's going to meet on this book-tour, how many do you suppose will get a hug? I feel VERY fortunate, believe me. I've worked hard over the past year on Compuserve, and it's clear that she appreciates my efforts very much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience! It was worth the effort to go and see her, and I will treasure these memories for a long time to come.