Ten years ago (ish) Diana Gabaldon came to the North Carolina Museum of History to do research for her books (The woman is legit). Being a big fan of her books, I went to the lecture. She had some interesting advice in that lecture, which has stuck with me. But that’s another post.
After the lecture there was a book signing, so I stood in line to get my book signed (Hm. I don’t even remember which book this was. Did I get it signed? Or was I just lurking. I don’t even remember! But I digress.)
The woman in front of me asked Diana, as she was signing the book, where she got her inspiration for such evil villians.
Now, I had been fangirling a little bit, and researching Mrs. Gabaldon. In this research I found somewhere that she had said that all of her characters were a part of her (this was before she expressed her feelings in regards to fanfiction), and that when people were talking about her characters, they were actually talking about her. So I answered on behalf of Mrs. Gabaldon and said “She can write them because she’s a bitch.”
She was not amused.