I am not so self-absorbed that I would actually think Traci Lords is my friend. The facts are that I have met Traci many times over the last 15 years or so. She knows me and sometimes remembers my name. Considering the amount of people celebrities meet at these conventions, I am always a bit surprised when celebrities remember any of us.
At Days of the Dead in Indianapolis (IN) last summer, I was walking to the event when I saw Traci approaching from the opposite direction. Traci actually semi-stopped me to greet me, although she admitted not remembering my name. I thought this was a very nice gesture on her part.
I continued on and met my friend, Todd Card, author of Hell Cometh. I interviewed Todd again and we caught up a little with each other. Then I let him get back to his fans and I went to get more interviews. I checked back with Todd a few more times over the weekend.
At some point, Traci also checked in with Todd. In fact, they had quite a meeting and it moved Todd, who walked away with a whole new appreciation for Traci. I learned of this meeting through following Todd on Facebook.
Todd wrote about meeting Traci and included a couple pictures and a short video. Todd's take was uniquely Todd. I think Todd gained a new friend in Traci. How cool is all of that?
Todd is an extraordinary person. I am so proud to call him a friend. I have learned so much from him and am lucky to know him. It started out as me trying to get an interview with a new author and it continues with me gaining a great man of a friend. How cool is all of that?
Todd's debut novel, Hell Cometh, was my first foray into the zombie genre. I admit, it startled me a bit (okay, it scared the living crap out of me at times). The book is such a piece of Todd. He holds nothing back. Please, do yourself a favor and check out HellCometh.com to learn more about this terrifying book.
I view this as one of my most interesting Friendly Encounters. Traci Lords and Todd Card. Two very interesting people...one cool encounter!
Traci Lords and Todd Card in Indianapolis, IN-July 2012.