Authors I’d Love to Meet
This was a little harder than I thought it would be. Some of these authors I truly enjoy while others make cringe and want to ask WTF were you thinking? I always maintain there’s always something to learn from someone or something you don’t like.
So, here it goes. The first five authors are alive and writing their arses off. The second five, well have gone on to writer’s heaven. Where they never get writer’s block and the quill is always inked.
- Tomi Adeyemi is my new shero. With her début novel Children of Blood and Bone, Adeyemi has introduced us to strong main characters of color. I’d like to meet here to pick her brain about what’s on the horizon
- Sherman Alexie – I fell in love with Alexie after reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He’s such a versatile writer – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and he’s a Native American writing about the Native American Experience. I’d like to meet Alexie to talk more about Native American culture and I would love for him to give me some pointers on writing poetry.
- Neil Gaiman – I’ve only read Coraline & Norse Mythology and I have to say I might be the only person on the planet that didn’t find it amazing; which is a bummer because I love mythology. To be honest I’m not sure why I’d like to meet him. Probably to talk about his versatility as an author.
- Jo Nesbo – I’d love to know why Scandinavian authors writing is so dark and disturbing.
- Angie Thomas – She was my shero before Adeyemi came on the scene. And I guess she still is. I mean after all The Hate U Give was one of my favorite YA books of the year. I’d love to talk to her in more detail about the catalyst for T.H.U.G.
- Maya Angelou – Once upon a time I vowed to take a writing class from her while she was a professor at Wake Forest University. Unfortunately it never happened and I’m sad about that. But I’d like to meet here because I love the sound of her voice. It’s soothing. It’s filled with wisdom. It’s commanding. It’s hypnotic. In my opinion when she speaks you listen whether you want to or not.
- Charles Dickens – I know Dickens is long and drawn out because he wrote serially and got paid by the word, but my gosh man could we have reeled any of that in? I’d like to talk to him more about his childhood, how it influenced his writing and his stellar use of the semicolon.
- Edgar Allan Poe – Love, love, love Poe. I have concluded (although refuted by some) that Poe was bat crap crazy. So, I’d like to meet him to talk about his mental state when he wrote his short stories.
- Dr. Seuss – Who wouldn’t want to meet Dr. Seuss. He was a frickin’ genius. And I swear he gave me the confidence to read. I’d like to meet him to find out if in real talk he rhymes like his books
- Mark Twain – I saw a little bit of PBS Special on him and was quite fascinated by his life. But there also seemed to be a bit of hypocrisy going on. I would want to meet him to talk about the craft of writing and his artful use of dialect.