Five authors (alive or dead) that I would like to meet.
First of all I want to meet (again) my dear friend LeaBronsen. She came visiting last year with her lovely family and I can’t wait to see them all again. It happens from time to time that you meet people online by chance, and it turns unexpectedly into real friendship. When I started talking with Lea (we had two books releasing on the same date, and were swapping blog spots, and one thing led to another) we discovered we had an absurd number of things in common. It became downright ridiculous, like we both had ducks *of the same rare breed*. Don’t tell me that’s normal. Some things are destined to be.
Second, I’d love to meet my other partner in crime KaterinaRoss, whose twisty, kinky magical world (see my post about the Sons of Gomorrah) I adore. She is also a fellow artist, and we have a Facebook Group together, the Ross and Wyvern Notorious Book Club. I don’t think I would have ventured into making an author/artist Facebook group on my own, but doing this with a friend turns out to be a lot of fun! We are both absorbed by increasingly weird writing projects, and I hope that if it comes to the worst, they lock us up in the same psych ward, so we can keep entertaining each other with our bizarre stories.
Third, I’d love to meet Adonis Devereux. This is actually two people, so perhaps it is cheating. They were pretty much the first people I met when I joined Evernight Publishing. We enjoyed each other books. And one thing and another, it sparked an online friendship that is still strong. They inhabit a wonderfully complex imaginary world, part of which can be explored in their Gilalion books. It is wonderful to talk stories with them, but it takes so long to type all our ramblings out, that it would be nice to just have a cup of tea together (or twwo or six) and talk them through until we are hoarse.
The other two authors I mention I have never talked to.
One is Terry Pratchett, and sadly he’s gone. There cannot be many authors with such a wickedly sharp sense of humour, such a wonderful talent for world-building, characterization and all-round story-telling. Although it’s easy for the snobs to dismiss his books as mere childish fantasy tales, they are in fact tremendously “grown up” books, full of wisdom and knowledge, craftily worked into an alternate universe of dazzling complexity. I would think the man behind these stories must have been pretty exceptional, and I wish I had had a chance to know him.
And finally I might like to meet Bill Bryson, whose travel books I have loved for many years. A well travelled person is always fun to talk with, and Bryson has a fine sense of humour, which is much needed these days.
There so many authors that I love. Antonia S. Byatt is my favourite of all times, but she seems rather daunting and rigid, as a person. Tolkien of course, but apparently he mumbled a lot and it was really difficult to understand a work he said, even for native English-speakers. It might be a tad awkward. O’Brian, perhaps? But he was such a fiercely private person, and so averse to being interviewed, that I fear I might get on his wrong side as soon as I say Good Morning. Some authors are best known through their books only, perhaps.