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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin visits East Texas

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's no secret that Game of Thrones has a huge following. So, when word got out that George R. R. Martin would be in Nacogdoches for the Nacogdoches Film Festival and a book signing at Hastings Entertainment, fans came out in big numbers.

Some even traveled far distances just to meet the man behind the beloved series.

”We got up this morning at seven o'clock to meet him here," said Tyler Game of Thrones fan Claire Wallace. "It was about an hour and forty-five minutes, so not too far, but pretty long drive."

“I'm from Acuna Coahuila, which is a border town with Del Rio, Texas," said Game of Thrones fan Jose Lozano. "It was about a thirteen hour drive.”

No distance was too far for some of these fans, who were more than happy to wait in the long line to meet their favorite author.

 “I've loved George R.R. Martin ever since I've picked up Game of Thrones. That's really one of my main influences because I find that his writing is so intricate and wonderful and beautiful and I just love the way he phrases things," Wallace said.

While many of his fans have been loyal followers for a long time, he's gained quite a few new readers thanks to the HBO television series based off of his books

“I'm really a big fan. I started with the show, but now I have read all the books," said fan Ricardo Trevino.

Whether they were new fans or long time followers, the people in line all had one thing in common, they were ecstatic to meet Martin.

“It was perfect, I talked to him for maybe thirty seconds, but those thirty seconds were gold! It was awesome," Lozano said.

“Meeting someone like that is amazing, and you feel just so much more inspired, and you feel like you've met somebody that's like the god of writing," joked Wallace.

With the sixth book in the series coming out next year, and the fifth season of the television show premiering in April, there's no doubt Martin's fan base will continue to grow.

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