On December 3, 2011 Christopher Paolini came to Phoenix. For those who don’t know, Paolini is the author of The Inheritance Cycle. (The movie “Eragon” was based off the first book in the series.) The fourth and -for the moment- final book was released in November 2011 and to celebrate, Paolini did a book tour. Of all of the writers I am a fan of, he is the only one I kept an eye out for a book tour. I guess it was his second one here to Phoenix, but I had no idea about the first one.
Originally, I had planned to go with my husband but he got sick and instead I went with my mom. We got to the library two hours early and got a pretty decent seat. We were about the third or fourth row back. Slowly, more people trickled in and by the time they actually introduced him, the place was jam packed with fans.
I must say that it was a very exciting moment. I have never cared to meet anyone famous except for Paolini and there I was, sitting in the same room listening to his speak. It was like a motivational speech to me. He gave me even more inspiration to continue writing. Afterward, we had to wait to be called into line. My mom and I were sitting close to the signing table so I must admit I sat there staring at him until they called my group. Since I’d ordered months in advance, my spot was close to the beginning and we didn’t have to wait long before we got to him.
When I finally reached him, I was so nervous. He asked how I liked the book and I admited I wasn’t done yet. He responded, “So you haven’t gotten to the part where Galbatorix drowns in a bowl of green jello?” I just giggled and it was over before I knew it. Soon I was on the glass elevator and as we went down, I waved and said a sad goodbye to Paolini (which everyone in the elevator with me thought was rather funny).
So to share with you my experience, I have attached two videos of his presentation. I wish I’d recorded his Q & A but I was afraid my camera was going to die. Also, my arm was killing me (as you will notice from the occasional spaz attacks during the videos).