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Interviews: LOC Signing Report - Judy Ghirardelli





Oct 31st, 1994




Washington, DC


Lord of Chaos Book Tour


Judy Ghirardelli



  • 1

    Judy Ghirardelli

    Well, we met the Creator tonight. Very nice, etc etc etc. What everyone else said.

    I did not have to say where I got the books. Whew.

    Being in a New Place, Warder was worried about me, and suggested I hire a temp Warder to fill in. He said "like that Chad fellow". So I temporarily bonded Chad, who kept me safe throughout the signing. I severed his bond as soon as I got home. Being Aes Sedai of the Teal Ajah (half Blue, half Green), I am permitted to occasionally bond other Warders temporarily for safety's sake.

    Mike—your book is signed. Chad did it, since he was getting just one book signed, and I was getting six signed. We had to write on a stickum what we wanted it addressed to—a book helper wrote it down on the stickum. I said, "To Sir" "Sir? Like, ... sir?" "Yes, sir... MPS Mike". She looked at me like I was a loon, but Chad rescued me and said, "You kinda had to be there". I think Jordan signed it no questions asked. I have it now, and if you'll just pay me $1453, I'll give it back to you . :)

    I got there about 20 minutes early, perused their SF selections (got Briar Rose by Jane Yolen and Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede), bought The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt in hardback, and got in line. I also saw in line Chad, Corwin (Jim Folsom) and a lurker named Russ (friends with Bob Gibson).

    I had a list of questions to ask, most from Erica, Twin of my Heart. I got up there and asked:


  • 2

    Judy Ghirardelli

    Would you speculate about how old Verin is, other than very old?

    Robert Jordan



  • 3

    Judy Ghirardelli

    Theoretically, if you, well not you, if someone, well, err, ummm, ... *blushing furiously*... had sex in Tel'aran'rhiod, could they be pregnant in the real world?

    Robert Jordan

    He just stared at me for what seemed an eternity. Eventually, and it must have been days later, I was so embarrassed, he smiled and said, "Read and find out. I like the dirty questions! You notice it's always the women who ask the dirty questions, never the men."

    Judy Ghirardelli

    I sputtered and babbled a bit, saying, "It was not really dirty, and it was my husband's question, not mine at all, not dirty, no..", after which I was reduced to a blathering idiot. How embarrassing! On the way out of line, Chad teased me about asking dirty questions... After this, I was just like a deer frozen in the headlights. I could not think of any other thing to say (even though I had the list in front of me).


  • 4

    Judy Ghirardelli

    Next time through (for my next 3 books): Is the Tower of Ghenjei based on the dark tower from the story of Childe Roland?

    Robert Jordan


    Judy Ghirardelli

    (Sorry Emma—it sounded like a good idea to me...)


  • 5

    Judy Ghirardelli

    I think I then asked how long of time elapsed in Lord of Chaos. Chad—did I ask that? My brain is fried a bit I fear. I thought I asked it, but I can't recall the answer. Chad? Can you help me out?

    Oh, I gave him the list of questions that I had made up—most were Erica's. I figured I did not need them, and he might get a kick out of them. I can post the list here, in case you all want to get a kick out of it. I won't do so now though because the questions came from Erica's personal email to me, and while I don't think she'll give two hoots if I post it, I wanna be sure. We all know how rude it is to post email without permission... but if she gives it, and if anyone wants to see the list (it really is funny) I'll post it. It was fun! Wanna add anything Chad? Or Jim or Russ?

    Oh, I got him to sign the books to Judy, except for Lord of Chaos which he signed to "Judy Sedai, the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills—Robert Jordan". Cool, huh?