If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

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 šŸ˜¦

So about that dinner…..who is it?

60 thoughts on “If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

  1. swordsandspectres July 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was so much more than just an author. He was an inventor and dabbled in the paranormal. Fascinating man.

    • Angela July 16, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      You found me out! He is definitely my dinner partner, and the smartest Detective ever!

      • swordsandspectres July 16, 2017 / 6:28 pm

        Sounds like we both have fine taste in dinner guests.

      • Angela July 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

        I would love to cook this meal !

  2. Kristin July 16, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    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 šŸ™‚

  3. alison41 July 18, 2017 / 3:07 am

    P G Wodehouse, and I would insist that Jeeves served the meal!

  4. WallyJay July 18, 2017 / 4:49 am

    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.

    • Angela July 18, 2017 / 6:09 am

      Great points! hanks for sharing WallyJay!

  5. Dede July 18, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Louise Penny

  6. Sharon E. Cathcart July 19, 2017 / 9:15 am

    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.

    • Angela July 19, 2017 / 9:24 am

      It is difficult to be sure! I would love about a table of 8, and a 5 course dinner šŸ™‚

  7. drewdog2060drewdog2060 July 19, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    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.

    • Angela July 19, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      What a great list! Imagine that dinner party!

  8. alohapromisesforever July 21, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Either Samuel Clemens or Will Rogers. I could use more of a sense of humor. Maybe that dinner would inspire me.

    • Angela July 21, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Samuel Clemens would be brilliant!

  9. inuhli July 21, 2017 / 8:44 am

    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.

    • Angela July 21, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Great ideas! You mentioning J.R.R. Tolkien completely made me want to have dinner with C.S. Lewis šŸ™‚

  10. bellereadersthoughts July 25, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    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.

    • Angela July 26, 2017 / 6:29 am

      Thanks for sharing! I too would prefer a dinner guest who was entertaining!

  11. kidsstoryworld July 25, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    H.G. Wells or Edgar Allen Poe….or Enid Blyton….too many to choose from…!!!

    • Angela July 26, 2017 / 6:30 am

      Edgar Allen Poe! That would certainly be interesting!

  12. Latanya August 1, 2017 / 12:33 am

    I read Sweet Dreams!

    On to the authors, Toni Morrison, Nella Larson, Judy Blume, and Zora Neale Hurston.

    • Angela August 1, 2017 / 5:08 am

      One of my favorite books! Judy Blume would be fun to have dinner with!

  13. purplestoneblog August 1, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Difficult to say with so many wonderful options. Alive-Jacqueline Winspear. Poet: David Whyte. Passed over: Jane Austen, Eleanor Roosevelt.

  14. quercuscommunity August 2, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    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. šŸ™‚

  15. authorstevecostello August 8, 2017 / 8:43 am

    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?

    • Angela August 8, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      brilliant idea!

  16. giselahausmann August 9, 2017 / 9:21 am

    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]

    • Angela August 9, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Wow, the stories you must have to tell as well! Thanks for sharing!

  17. veronicar617 August 9, 2017 / 11:22 am

    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.

    • Angela August 9, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Stephen King would certainly make for interesting dinner conversation šŸ™‚

  18. Arabella McIntyre-Brown August 15, 2017 / 9:20 am

    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.

    • Angela August 15, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Now that is a dinner I would like to attend!

    • Angela August 21, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Definitely one of my favorites!

  19. Karen August 22, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Only one is SO tough! Margaret Atwood or J.K. Rowling. But then again, there is Emma Donoghue.

    • Angela August 22, 2017 / 10:09 am

      All great choices!

  20. thegreatfish August 23, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    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.

    • Angela August 24, 2017 / 3:39 am

      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!

      • thegreatfish August 26, 2017 / 12:59 am

        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.

      • Angela August 26, 2017 / 6:39 am

        I have never heard of that one. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Sam Westhoek August 26, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Hugh Howey

    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.

    • Angela August 26, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  22. bilginbeyefendi September 5, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    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.

    • Angela September 5, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      I agree! I could hold a banquet with many, many author’s at the dinner table!

  23. Mysterious Wonder October 15, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    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

  24. healthypeoplelearn October 25, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    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.

  25. jimsweetman July 3, 2018 / 9:26 am

    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.

    • Angela July 3, 2018 / 10:08 am

      I would love to have a conversation with HG Wells!

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