Monday, November 5, 2012
SUSAN: POST "Face to Face with Aleksandr Voinov"
This past weekend, I had the INCREDIBLE joy of being able to spend the evening with one of my FAVORITE authors, Aleksandr Voinov. For those that read his work, you know he has the ability to create characters that produce such FIERCE emotions (loyalty, hatred, love, obsession…) within his readers. And his stories are…flawless.
For my book-reading community, you know well that I am obsessed with Aleks (…mostly because you all are too! Ha!) So, when I was planning a brief vacation in London, he so kindly and generously agreed to meet up. I met Aleks at Veeraswamy, the Indian restaurant Malcolm takes Owen to in “Country Mouse”. How cool is THAT?! :) The place was gorgeous and the food phenomenal. But, that, of course, is secondary.
I knew I would be the weeping idiot fan girl. I teared up immediately when he embraced me in greeting. He was kind and warm and friendly. I didn’t want it to be a “book club” meeting where we only talked about his stories and characters. I wanted to get to know the man himself. What I found was that he is charming, big-hearted, funny, spiritual, humble, and approachable.
Yes, we talked about Vadim & Nikolai, Kendras/Andrastes, Skybound, other authors, the inundation of gifs on Goodreads, some of our favorite GR peeps, some future spoilers, and of course, The Muse. But, we also talked about our childhoods, struggles, families, relationships, Rhianna (yup, go figure), London, our kinks, homeownership, and on.
I had SUCH a blast. I felt an immediate kinship and by night’s end, Aleks became more of a friend in my eyes than a “famous author”. So thankful for the opportunity and life feels fuller now with him in it!
Thanks, Aleks. Looking forward to next time…