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This week’s topic is authors you would die to meet. I don’t think there is really anyone I would die to meet, but there are a ton of authors I would love to meet!
1. Elizabeth Peters – I love, love, love her Amelia Peabody books, and have been enjoying them for years. And years. I also love her gothic romances, both written until Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. She just rocks and her characters are so intelligent and well-spoken.
2. Elizabeth Mansfield – I cried when I learned about the death of Elizabeth Mansfield. I love her regency romances, and I think hers were the first I ever read. I love the humor and the bantering, and I so need to fill in the holes in my collection of her books.
3. Octavia E Butler – Here is another author whose death brought me to tears. I love her intelligent stories, and her protagonists are smart and clever. Mind of My Mind is still a favorite book, even after reading it four times. The sci-fi world is much poorer with her passing.
4. Sheri S Tepper – Tepper hooked me with her fantasy novels, including King’s Blood Four and The Awakeners: Northshore/Southshore. It was Grass, though, that catapulted her to my auto purchase list. I am sadly behind on her newest works, and must make an effort to catch up on them!
5. Jennifer Crusie – I still remember reading Crazy For You. I was in Jamaica, and once I started the book, all I wanted to do was sit under an umbrella and read it. I have had fun taking a tour through her older category romances and more recent novels, and would love to spend an afternoon chatting with her. She has got to be a very funny lady!
6. Alyxandra Harvey – I love the Drake Chronicles, and Haunting Violet was a winner, too! I would love to ask Alyxandra more about her Drake brothers. I love these guys, and think she is doing a great job giving each of them their moment in the spotlight. I can hardly wait for the next one.
7. Ally Carter – I’ve only read The Heist Society so far, but Ally Carter’s snappy prose made me a huge fan. Teenage art thieves? I would love to ask her how she came up with her fun characters and the suspenseful situations she puts them in.
8. Suzanne Collins – I am just now reading The Hunger Games trilogy, and I have to say, these books are wonderfully written, engrossing, and slightly frightening. Could her vision of the future become a reality? I really, really hope not, but there are parts of her world that seem a bit too familiar.
9. Patricia McKillip – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is another novel that has only gotten better with several re-reads. I love Patricia McKillip’s writing style. Once I sit down with one of her books, it’s all over. I get lost in her fantasy worlds, and it’s hard to leave them when I reach the end of her books!
10. Diana Wynne Jones – She taught me that middle grade books are cool. Her fantasy worlds are so much fun to dive into, and she is another author I have enjoyed for years. And, yes, you guessed it. I was very upset to learn of her passing as well. Her books did more than entertain – they gave me and my brother something to talk about, and new way to connect, and we both still talk about Archer’s Goon with a great deal of affection.
Who are some authors you would love to meet?