Before I post my author, and I will tell you, I was arguing with myself for days; if you could have dinner with one author, living or not, who would it be?
I am expecting some familiar names, and please do not let that stop you from posting, because I would honestly love to have dinner with JK Rowling, Stephen King (hold the meal), or Mr. Patterson.
I would have loved to have had a face-to-face with Mr. William W. Johnstone, whom stoked my fire for writing when I wrote to him as a young teenager, obsessed with his books, and he replied, and we had a friendly relationship for several years.
That book right there; Sweet Dreams, put me on the path to loving books for the rest of my life!
And now I have a personal library in my house, and I am constantly hunting for the books I loved as a child. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators? They are gold now, because I cannot find a single one under $30.00, and my local library does not even carry them anymore 😦
So about that dinner…..who is it?
Karin Slaughter 😊
I have not heard of her, but I am intrigued….what does she write?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was so much more than just an author. He was an inventor and dabbled in the paranormal. Fascinating man.
You found me out! He is definitely my dinner partner, and the smartest Detective ever!
Sounds like we both have fine taste in dinner guests.
I would love to cook this meal !
Lizzie Steel – she’s an indie author in England. I just finished her second book and plan to review it – it’s phenomenal! If you don’t mind, I’m going to piggy-back on your post idea again 🙂
P G Wodehouse, and I would insist that Jeeves served the meal!
Meg Calbot. From the way she writes, I would expect her to be quite sassy. As a writer myself though I would love to meet with an unheard of the author of like horror books. Someone on the same lines as me lower down in the hierarchy would be amazing to meet to pick their brains.
Great points! hanks for sharing WallyJay!
It seems so challenging to pick just one! I would have to populate an entire table with the likes of Maureen Jennings (the Murdoch mysteries), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, C.W. Gortner, and J.K. Rowling.
It is difficult to be sure! I would love about a table of 8, and a 5 course dinner 🙂
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This one is just for fun. Which authors would you like to have around your table for dinner?
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I will cheat and name not 1 but several authors: Charles Dicckens, Tolstoy, Bram Stoker and Emily Bronte.
Allowing myself a little more cheating, I would like to have the following poets over for dinner: A E Housman, Ernest Christopher Dowson and Philip Larkin.
What a great list! Imagine that dinner party!
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Either Samuel Clemens or Will Rogers. I could use more of a sense of humor. Maybe that dinner would inspire me.
Samuel Clemens would be brilliant!
That’s difficult… I feel like J.R.R. Tolkien has to be the one to dine with. Though I think Max Brooks would be a very interesting dinner date. Or maybe Oscar Wilde. Or Kylie Scott. Or R. Lee Smith… I feel like the list could go on and on and on.
Great ideas! You mentioning J.R.R. Tolkien completely made me want to have dinner with C.S. Lewis 🙂
Bret Easton Ellis
I would love to say someone really clever like Proust, Vonnegut, or Alighieri but if I begin truly honest with myself while I do enjoy their prose I can’t really see myself enjoying lighthearted dinner conversation with any of them. I would have so go with my girl Suzanne Brockmann. I have read all of her collected works and love her voice and feel we would just laugh and hit it off.
Thanks for sharing! I too would prefer a dinner guest who was entertaining!
H.G. Wells or Edgar Allen Poe….or Enid Blyton….too many to choose from…!!!
Edgar Allen Poe! That would certainly be interesting!
I read Sweet Dreams!
On to the authors, Toni Morrison, Nella Larson, Judy Blume, and Zora Neale Hurston.
One of my favorite books! Judy Blume would be fun to have dinner with!
Difficult to say with so many wonderful options. Alive-Jacqueline Winspear. Poet: David Whyte. Passed over: Jane Austen, Eleanor Roosevelt.
What a problem. I’d have to go for Gordon Ramsey – he may only write cookery books but the food and conversation should be good. 🙂
Conversation would be fantastic!
Too many to choose from but if pushed I would ask a medium to bring in Stieg Larsson to join me with David Lagercrantz, the guy who continued The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo millennium series. I wonder what Stieg would say to David?
No doubt – Hemingway!
I love his adventurous spirit and his books. – In fact, I myself tried to experience as many adventures as possible only I approached things systematically => Europe, Asia, US (a bit of MX and Costa Rica)… never made it to Africa :(( [Asia is huge]
Wow, the stories you must have to tell as well! Thanks for sharing!
This sure is a tough one. Of the living, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin and maybe Amy Tan – I really love her.
Of the dead, I think I really would enjoy a glass of wine with Jacqueline Susann.
Stephen King would certainly make for interesting dinner conversation 🙂
Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Austen, for wit and spirited conversation, Byron (wit and anarchy), Phillip Pullman, AA Milne and Michael Bond, Val McDermid and Joyce Holms. With Elizabeth David to dream up the menu and tell us about it.
Now that is a dinner I would like to attend!
Definitely one of my favorites!
Only one is SO tough! Margaret Atwood or J.K. Rowling. But then again, there is Emma Donoghue.
All great choices!
We did have dinner with Robin Hatcher. It was great to hear how she got her start. Lots of hard work. Elizabeth George Speare would be fun to meet.
How amazing for you! I have met some local authors who are pretty successful and got autographed books. I am not familiar with Speare but am going to look her up. Thanks for stopping by!
She wrote one of my favorite children’s novels, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I am embarrassed to admit how many times I have read it.
I have never heard of that one. Thank you for sharing!
He seems like a genuinely congenial individual who shares what he’s learned about writing and publishing. His personal example got me off my ‘but’ and was the catalyst for me to try the self-publishing route. I haven’t regretted doing so, as I see the momentum growing from month to month. Having a meal with him would allow me to glean even more insights on how to market my stories for those who would enjoy the genres.
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing!
If i have a dinner with someone it definitely would be the Jake London. And Aldous Huxley is on the queue. And maybe Darwin next.Let’s add the Frank Herbert from Dune. My God, i forgot Zweig.There are so many of them.I wish it could be the real.
I agree! I could hold a banquet with many, many author’s at the dinner table!
JK Rowling for sure .. I would ask her so many questions on how she got inspired and lods and loads of questions about the latest book Harry Potter and the cursed child
Mary Stewart, Herman Wouk, Allen Drury, C.S. Lewis – for a start. Likely Wouk and Drury would have their own conversations about politics, and Mary and C.S. would have a genteel British outlook on life that I’d love to wallow in.
Thanks for liking my latest post on The Fiction of Relationships. I think a themed SF dinner could be fun with Asimov, JG Ballard, HG Wells. if it was a cosy tete a tete, Kate Atkinson who I admire enormously.
I would love to have a conversation with HG Wells!