Diana Gabaldon's book-signing in Winston-Salem
We got there more than two hours before the doors opened, and there was already a considerable crowd waiting in line, including many members of the NC Outlander Fans Facebook group. By the time they started letting people inside, the line stretched all the way around the building (!)
Inside the auditorium.
I was so excited to be there!
Diana spoke for more than an hour. She was very entertaining, as usual. She confirmed (in front of the audience of some 1800 North Carolina fans) that they will unfortunately not be doing any Season 4 filming in North Carolina. Diana said that in addition to the fact that they have a huge OUTLANDER production studio in Cumbernauld, Scotland, they are a non-union shop, and filming in the US would require the production crew to be members of a union.
The highlight of the evening for me, of course, was getting to see Diana, for the first time in more than four years. When she saw me approach, she told the woman assisting her, "She's a friend," and gave me a hug.
I thanked her for the wonderful Dedication in SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL (which is quite a thrill for me personally!) and then she signed my copy.
The inscription reads, "To Karen, Expert in Eyeball-Numbing Nitpickery!" This is a reference to the fact that she very generously let me read the stories in this collection before they were published (an honor and a privilege!), and I was able to spot some issues with dates and such that her copy-editor didn't catch.
We had a good time at this event, and it was great to get a chance to talk to other OUTLANDER fans. Many thanks to Diana for agreeing to do this event on fairly short notice!