Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Which Writer Would You Most Like to Meet?

Simple You Tell Me today.

Which writer would you most like to meet?

Let's go with one dead and one living.

For me:

Dead - F. Scott Fitzgerald. He'd know the trendy spot to hang out and we'd have a great time until he stuck me with the bill at the end of the night. (Kidding! I would have insisted on paying. My imagination is quite thorough.)
Living - J.K. Rowling. SO MANY QUESTIONS.

How about you?






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j. m. lee said...

Shakespeare.

Catherine Meyer said...
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Catherine Meyer said...

One of my greatest wishes is to have tea with JK Rowling. I'd also like to have a long, serious chat with Charlotte Bronte.

LPC said...

Dickens. Coetze. The first, how does he do it in so many words. The second, how in so few?

Henry Baum said...

Dead: Philip K. Dick

Alive: JK Rowling, so I could ask to borrow money.

Ty Hutchinson said...

Dead – Maybe Leo Tolstoy
Alive - Definitely James Patterson

Daisy Harris said...

I know it's lame, but I really don't like meeting authors in person. For me it changes how I see their books.

I prefer to maintain as much illusion as possible.

Anonymous said...

This answer could change on a montly basis, but for today, I'd like to meet Gabrielle Burton and Jane Austen.

Texanne said...

Oscar Wilde. Sure, he'd insult and abuse me because I'm a bit of a dimwit, but I'm a broad-minded dimwit, so I'd accept the pain to get the laughs.

Brad Thor. As you say, so many questions.

Deepa Seshadri said...

Enid Blyton!! It would be lovely to see her process!

Cherie Reich said...

For me, living would definitely be JK Rowling.

Dead - Michael Crichton. I loved his books, and I still get a bit misty eyed thinking there won't be any more.

Blake N. Cooper said...

Graham Greene and Michael Chabon

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THIS IS THE END said...

Dead: I want to say Vonnegut, but how can you pass up Salinger? The mystery.

Alive: I'd take Palahniuk or Ellis.

Michelle Hodkin said...

Dead: Vladimir Nabokov. Because, really.

Living: Lev Grossman. And I met him this past weekend. Fangirled all over the poor guy, but he was crazy gracious and amazing. I am DYING for THE MAGICIAN KING. Dying.

Erika Robuck said...

Hemingway. He's the subject of my current work in progress, and my obsession with him would be stalker-ish if he were alive.

A S Byatt. I'd like discuss her ability to write perfectly in two different poetic and prose styles for POSSESSION, which is my favorite book of all time.

Mark Terry said...

Dead: Ross Thomas. Loved his books.
Living: Rick Riordan. We've talked once over the phone, but we have an awful lot in common.

bridgetcarle said...

Living: It's a tie between J.K. Rowling and Stephen King.

Past tense: Kurt Vonnegut

Jessica Carmen Bell said...

Virginia Woolf and Marilynne Robinson!

bridgetcarle said...

I should have said Kurt Vonnegut or E. Nesbit

Jason Black said...

Deceased: Mark Twain, mostly to ask him why Tom Sawyer, in his late-book appearance towards the end of Huckleberry Finn, is such an unmitigated a$$****.

But if that's too cliche, H.G. Wells would be fun to talk to also.

Living: Probably Christopher Moore, in the quite likely futile attempt to ask him what the secret is to creating his particular brand of zany humor. I wish I could do that. If not him, then China Mieville, just to ask him how/where he came up with the astonishingly awesome premise for "The City and the City."

Andrea said...

Alive - Mark Danielewski (would love to get some beers & talk for hours).

Not Alive - Oscar Wilde (because he'd be the most fun).

Anonymous said...

I completed a personal goal in 1994 when I met Stephen King after having met Anne Rice two years prior. Those are the two living authors I most wanted to meet. I'm sure I wouldn't mind meeting J.K. Rowling, either.

That said, I would also love to meet Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Anonymous said...

Dead: Jane Austen

Living: J.K. Rowling

Donna said...

I'd solve two mysteries.

Dead (presumably): Amelia Earhart, who did write a book. Because, c'mon. What the heck happened? And because I named my youngest after her.

Living: Harper Lee, to find out what else she has stashed away that she hasn't published.

Cathi said...

If I could meet and talk with, and possibly ask to be adopted by, Jo Rowling, I could die a happy woman.

As for my dead person, I'll say Alexadre Dumas, simply because of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Anonymous said...

So hard to choose! (can't. do. it.)

Past: Shakespeare
and Victor Hugo and Hans Christian Anderson

Present: Annie Dillard (if I was brave enough)
and JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer

Noriko Nakada said...

Living: Harper Lee, Dead: Jane Austen.

BULLmensfiction said...

Mark Twain, Cormac McCarthy. For sure.

Alan Jones said...

Dead: Budd Schulberg (he characterizes deftly and keeps pacing taught. Though it was a tough choice between him and John Fowles)

Alive: Ethan Canin (his mastery articulating the emotion of the small moments in life always impresses)

Shelby, The Script Activist said...

If I could go back in time I'd want to meet Jane Austen. And for someone who's still alive, I'd have to say Toni Morrison. I bet just being in the same room with her would make me more intuitive and creative.

TracyM said...

Dead- toss up between Shakespeare and Henry David Thoreau

Living- Ray Bradbury

M.J.B. said...

Dead -- Not sure...Ayn Rand??
Living -- J.K. Rowling to get a peak at the spirit who conjured those amazing books!

Ted Cross said...

Mark Twain

Dennis McKiernan

suzy vitello soulé said...

dead: carver
alive: franzen (I actually did meet him once, when I asked him to sign a page of my The Corrections which had been page set upside down. He drew a frowny face on it, so I want to meet him for real so I can ascertain whether he's really that grumpy)

dsmith77 said...

Raymond Chandler and JKR

Joseph L. Selby said...

Mark Twain

Luna said...

Dead - Richard Matheson

Living - Neil Gaiman. Already met him in 2003, but I really want to hang out with Gaimanda at an AFP gig!

Steven Brandt said...

Dead: Jules Verne

Living: Jim Butcher

Shari said...

I would love to hang out with Jane Austen!! Like ALL DAY! And my alive author has to be Suzanne Collins. She has some explaining to do.

Gilliad Stern said...

Dead: Michael Crichton - I loved his books and would have loved to meet the man behind the print.

Living: R.A. Salvatore - I enjoy reading his stories.

Lara Dunning said...

Living - Anchee Min
Dead - Edward Abbey

Monica O Kolkman said...

Dead: Stieg Larsson, so I could ask him why he didn´t take better care of himself so he would have been able to give us more Millenuimbooks. Instead of dying young.

Living:
Michael Connelly. he seems to be such a nice guy

J9Talley said...

Dead: Sylvia Plath
I'd ask her about that work she set to fire.

Alive: Joan Didion
Because she is the Grande Dame of essayists.

Jesse said...

Let's see--

Dead: Mark Twain. I love his wit and ascerbic character. I'd love to learn how to see that way and then use that knowing.

Living: Stephen King. He's everything I've ever heard praised in my lit, comp, and writing courses. I want to pick his brain and hear his secrets and then put them in action for myself.

hillary said...

Dead: Raymond Queneau (and in this fantasy I also speak French!)

Alive: Barbara Kingsolver

Patti said...

Dead: J.R.R.Tolkien--He pretty much invented popular paranormal genre'.

Living: Colleen McCullough. Come on, she's an ex-brain surgeon! AND she puts glossaries in the back of her books!

June Templeton said...

Ken Follett and Stephen King. Simply because reading their books makes me forget I'm reading at all.

Zee Lemke said...

Dead: Dorothy (not-forgetting-the-L) Sayers. Assuming that I got enough time to get through the awkward parts, although I don't know, sometimes my least-awkward conversations are with other awkward people.

Living: I met Emma Bull once... and embarrassed myself completely. Rick Riordan might be interesting to chat with about children and politics, so I'll agree with whoever said him.

avillasante said...

Dead: Angela Carter because she blazed.
Living: Sushi with Neil Gaiman.

Charlie said...

Dead: Jane Austen. I think she'd be great to talk to and discuss her society with.
Alive: This is more difficult, I'd probably have to say Philip Pullman because he was the author I would site as encouraging me to read during my teens.

Kathryn said...

Dead: Oscar Wilde, 'nuff said.

Alive: David Eagleman, 'nuff said.

Nan said...

Dead: Gene Stratton Porter--I really want to know if a man like David Langston (The Harvester) actually existed--I'm guessing not, but it would be fun to compare notes with a early twentieth-century romance writer!

Living: Jennie Crusie or Richard Russo because they both make me laugh out loud when I read their books--laughing is so important!

Flint Ory said...

Alive - JK Rowling or Dan Brown
Dead - Hemingway

Stephanie G said...

I know they've both been said, but I would have to go with Jane Austen for dead and Stephenie Meyer for living.

my lonely journal said...

Dead: It's a toss up between Kerouac and Salinger.

Living: Richard Wilbur, what a poet!

Anonymous said...

C.S. Lewis: Epic. Transcendent. Wise. THAT'S who I'd like to share a cup of joe with.

Kat said...

Dead: Dorothy L. Sayers or PG Wodehouse

Alive: Jim Butcher (because he is someone I'd like to actually talk about writing with)

mfreivald said...

Dead: G.K. Chesterton for a rollicking good time. (Graham Greene is a close second--for a number of reasons.)

Alive: Probably Ursula K. Le Guin, though Dean Koontz and Anne McCaffrey are close.

Nicole L Rivera said...

Dead: Jane Austin

Living: JK Rowling

jan said...

Dead: Paula Danziger
(I've always been sad to have missed knowing her. Not only is she someone whose work I've enjoyed, she never got a rejection letter, and she was a ball of fire as a person.)

Alive: Neil Gaiman
(I admire his work and he's so nice I could probably talk with him without sounding like a total idiot.)

Patty Blount said...

Oh, what fun. Dead: Wodehouse, definitely.

Living: I already had the great pleasure to meet Sean Ferrell, author of NUMB and Jeff Somers, author of the Avery Cates series, at a Manhattan book reading recently, but I wouldn't mind meeting Nora Roberts.

Nicole said...

Dead: Robert Jordan

Living: Karen Marie Moning

Really flaunting my love for fantasy here! :)

Ashley Nelson said...

As far as dead authors go, I think it would be great to meet JRR Tolkien. But if I could meet an author today, I would love to meet Kristin Britain. She's one of my favorite authors.

Fickle Cattle said...

Living: David Sedaris.

Dead: Robert Jordan.

Carrie said...

Dead: Mark Twain. He would be fun.

Alive: I'm going to be different and say Sergei Lukyanenko

JW said...

Meeting someone ruins it because they are never the person we built up in our minds.

Backfence said...

Dead: So many to choose from. I guess I'd go with Twain.

Alive: Diana Gabaldon

salima said...

Dead: Hermann Hesse. Toward the end of his life, mind you. When he'd chilled out.

Living: Hmmm. Margaret Atwood?

Becca said...

Alive: either Lois Duncan or Eric Kripke

Dead: don't know.

abc said...

Dead: David Foster Wallace. He seemed like such an interesting, talented character. My heart breaks when I think about his end.

Alive: Suzanne Collins. Because The Hunger Games is on my mind a lot lately.

Ryan Crafton said...

Dead - JRR Tolkien

Living - My future, published self

If anybody invents time travel, come back to this post in two minutes and post a comment telling me if I make it or not... I'm waiting.

Anonymous said...

Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood.

AngelB35 said...

dead:
JRR Tolkein...I'd like to know how he chose the names for his characters!

living (there're two):
JK Rowling...So many loose ends I'd like to tie up, and
Dean Koontz...I need to learn to write better scary moments

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Ryan Crafton said...

No one.

That's disappointing...

D.G. Hudson said...

Dead writer: Isaac Asimov - to pick his brain about robots
Live writer: Orson Scott Card - just to talk sci-fi and discuss the Ender series.

Most of those I'd like to meet are dead, unfortunately: J.Kerouac, A. Ginsberg, E. Hemingway, Frank Herbert, Shakespeare, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Now the question is -- would they want to talk to us?

Audreya said...

As many others have said, Jane Austen and JK Rowling.

Nato said...

Dead: Herman Melville, so I could read him the riot act for marooning a brilliant, riveting 200-page novel about whaling inside a horrid, bloated beast of a book.

Living: Ray Bradbury. I just want to say, "Thank you."

Cheryl said...

Dead: Leon Uris, Kurt Vonnegut or Hunter S. Thompson

Alive: Neil Gaiman

Jamie said...

Dead: Mary Shelley Why? Dude, Frankenstein.

Alive: Harper Lee Why? Dude, To Kill a Mockingbird

K. E. Carson said...

Hm, living would probably be Cassandra Clare or Maggie Steifvater.

Dead? Shakespeare. I wouldn't be able to stop talking to him. He'd need a restraining order.

Anonymous said...

Dead: Dr. Seuss

Alive: I'll trade my alive wish to see Dr. Seuss again.

Marilyn Peake said...

Dead author would be John Steinbeck. I’d love to talk with him about his compassion for the poor during the Great Dust Bowl, what he saw, how he felt. I’d like to go with him to New Orleans and other places where the poor are forgotten people right now, and ask him for his insights.

Living author would be Barbara Kingsolver. I’d love to talk with her about the social issues she wrote about, and ask how she balances writing with running her farm. (Another living author I'd love to meet is Cormac McCarthy.)

Nina said...

Can I only pick one alive? =(

I saw a Tyra Banks show once, where two fans of Twilight who were supposed to meet and get autographs from the actors had been trampled and sent to hospital. So now they were going to have a chance to come on the show, have a little competetion, and the winner received a prop from the film. The twist was that the judges were Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, and the girls of course burst in to happy tears when the came out.

While I was watching that I felt so happy for the girls, I love Twilight, but the only thing missing was Stephenie Meyer. I don't give a crap about the actors, they wouldn't have been anything without her. Also I admire her for being a mum of three and writing a best seller in only three months. I'm a mother of two and I've barely written half a book in 8 months!

So yeah, Stephenie Meyer. And I would like to sneek in the Norwegian author Karin Fossum, as I have read all of her books and they are great!

A dead author would be Henrik Ibsen, who in 1879 wrote the play "A Dollshouse". In 1879 it was a sin to get a divorce, but yet he wrote a play where the wife leaves the husband! In several countries and in several theatres this was too much, and even today they have alternate endings where the wife forgives the husband, or she just puts up with it. Or even him leaving her! Anyway, I'd like to shake the hand of the man who dared to speak for the women of that time!

Marilyn Peake said...

salima said:
"Dead: Hermann Hesse. Toward the end of his life, mind you. When he'd chilled out."

HaHaHaHa! That's funny. He's one of my favorite writers. (Yeah, certain writers wouldn't be so great to meet in person during their "not-so-chilled-out" periods.)

Jen P said...

Dead: Goethe - I'd love to travel with him and not only discuss some of his work but his general lust for life

Living: Patricia Wood! We've skyped with my ex-book club, and she was just an amazingly interesting and generous person (with her time and insights). I hope to meet her one day over a cool drink, but not in a stalker kind of way (!), just a kindred spirit I think.

J. R. McLemore said...

Dead: Raymond Chandler
Alive: This is tough. Either Elmore Leonard or Cormac McCarthy. Although, I'd probably be too embarrassed by my lack of writing talent to engage them in questions about writing.

Juice in LA said...

Deceased: Hunter S. Thompson- no question, no hesitation. I'd even bring the grapefruit.

Alive: Michael Lewis, just to see how his brain works. No one has such an amazing ability to turn complex matters into readable, enjoyable and understandable work like Lewis.

Of course I adore Tim Gunn too, and would not pass up the opportunity to meet him!

Daryl Sedore said...

Dead: Michael Crichton - Loved this man's style. Brilliant. Just a few questions, of course.

Alive: Stephen King - My inspiration. Without him, I don't what I'd be reading.

Julie Kingsley said...

Nathan, if you ever make it to Asheville, NC be sure to check out the Grove Park Inn. You could maybe even stay in Fitzgerald's room where he tried to shoot himself! The bullet hole is there. Oh, and there's a ghost. Very cool spot.

My author... I'd love to hang out with the Bronte Sisters and maybe have a few drinks. I think that they might have a lot to say once they got going!

John Smith said...

Dead - Arthur Conan Doyle

Living - JK Rowling

Rick Daley said...

Dead- Samuel Clemens. If he's not available, then Mark Twain.

Living- Dave Barry.

Anonymous said...

@Luna

When you say "Richard Matheson" as your dead author, do you mean the man who wrote such memorable Twilight Zone stories as "Button, Button" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"?

Because, if so, I don't believe he's dead.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Dead: Eric Arthur Blair, aka George Orwell. Or, Dr. Theodore Giesel.

Alive: Do I have to choose just one? JK Rowling, or Margaret Atwood. There are more, but it would take a while to type them all in. :-)

Jeff Adair said...

Tennessee Williams...and we'd both still be at some bar right now making googly eyes at a twenty year-old.

Kristi said...

Dead? Dorothy Parker.
Alive? William Gibson.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Alive? Laurence Gonzales, the man who wrote Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. His book just saved my life and my husband's life. Can I have another pick? Jon Krakauer, the author of Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.

Dead? OMG...there are so many...sigh...If I must pick then I pick Charlotte Bronte. She was always my favorite sister. Oh no, I'd rather meet Moses Ben Maimon - The Guide of the Perplexed! Yes, definitely.

Debbie said...

Living -- Margaret Atwood. She could talk on any topic she wanted.

Dead -- Douglas Adams, because I bet it would be great fun.

Sandy Shin said...

JK Rowling, definitely. :)

Beth said...

Dead: L Frank Baum.

Living: Shannon Hale

Richard Mabry said...

Dead: Robert B. Parker
Alive: Lee Child
Wish I could write like them. Bet they'd be fun in a conversation.

Joyce Anthony said...

This is an easy one--Richard Bach and Rod Serling :-)

K.L. Brady said...

Dead - Jane Austen or Alex Haley

Alive - Helen Fielding, Terry McMillan and/or J.K. Rowling

Too many to name really.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Wilde would insult me.

Hemingway scares me.

Steinbeck, I'd slap.

Hardy, I'd maim.

Bronte (any of them), I'd throw something at.

Austen, I'd run screaming from the room if I saw her at the table.

Alexandre Dumas speaks French better than I do, so I couldn't understand him.

Faulkner would be good.

Tolkien, I believe, would be fascinating.

Carroll because he managed to create a rich and detail, enduring, world.

C.S.Lewis because he managed to blend so many elements into semi-allegorical fantasy, and I want to know his process.

And if it absolutely must be someone living: Stephen King, because he's intelligent and can actually carry on a conversation in an interesting way or Anne Rice because I want to ask her how she gear shifted so completely from Vampires to religious works.

I wouldn't pass up a table with JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer together because I'd like to see the difference in how each approaches writing and how they handle the after effects of Mega-hit status.

michaelvankerckhove said...

Off the top of my head:

Living: John Irving

Dead: Tennessee Williams

ryan field said...

Jack Kerouac - dead - He'd probably be unpredictable.

Anne Tyler - Living - She's so reclusive I'm all the more curious about her.

Melody said...

Dead - C. S. Lewis - because he was brilliant
Living - Ted Dekker - because he is brilliant
Living#2 - Megan Whalen Turner - and ask how she did it...

Giles Hash said...

Living: Stephen Lawhead.

Dead: Tolkien

mb said...

Dead, Anton Chekhov.
Living, Megan Whalen Turner.

Ann M said...

Okay, if Nathan can pick J.K. Rowling then I'm going to, too. "So many questions" is exactly right!!!

The other that comes to mind would be Louisa May Alcott. I love her stories and I would be so interested to talk to her about her upbringing, parents, philosophies on life, etc.
(Unless it was Tolkien... 'cause I'd have loads of questions for him, too! Then again, there IS Jane Austen, as well...)

Keary Taylor said...

Dead - Dante

Alive - Stephenie Meyer cause she's another LDS mom writer, or maybe Andrew Davidson (who I did actually get to talk to on facebook once!)

Jess said...

Ooo, good question!

Dead: C. S. Lewis, for sure.

Alive: Robin McKinley, Eoin Colfer, or Rick Riordan.

Susan Lawson said...

The one, the only and amazing Terry Pratchett.

Amy said...

Dead: Jane Austen, no doubt about it! (Though Shakespeare is a good answer too--solve the mystery, right?)

Living: Lois McMaster Bujold. Because I think her mind works a lot like the way mine does, and there are very few people for whom that is true.

Sheila Cull said...

The German Jew in me yells, "Anne Frank," for the dead and David Sedaris for the living.

Robert Gray said...

Alive: Stephen King

Dead: Stephen King when that unfortunate time comes... because his version of what death is like would be really cool to hear.

Marjorie said...

Jack Kerouac. So many themes to discuss with him: it's all a dream, the cause of death is birth, and why once he was published he became so much more unhappy.

Stirling Noh said...

Alive: Philip Roth so I can tell me to keep writing novellas.

Dead: Saul Bellow so I can ask him why he hated "Seize The Day," his best book, for me at least.

stacy said...

Alive, I'd say Neil Gaiman - DYING to pick his brain about myths.

Dead, I'd say Charles Dickens.

Brooklyn Ann said...

Dead: Mary Shelley

Living: It's a tie between Stephen King and Virginia Henley. I want to hug them both and thank them for the happy hours they've given me.

M.J. Nicholls said...

None. I would just dribble or faint.

Elizabeth said...

Dead: John Kennedy Toole . . . because he'd despise me for wanting to talk to him. (His insults would be hilarious.)

Alive: Anita Shreve, specifically re "The Weight of Water," which haunts me to no end.

Liz said...

Dickens, Poe, Shakespeare...too many to choose from!

I would love to meet Sophie Kinsella because I think she would be a blast to hang out with.

Danielle La Paglia said...

Dead: Jane Austen

Living: Kelley Armstrong

Jessica Lee said...

Mary Shelley, Orson Scott Card. Two great minds.

Tim Riley said...

Dead-Salinger
Alive-Michael Chabon

CB ICE said...

Robert Frost or E.B. White!
&
Stephen King!!

Joanna R. Smith said...

J.R.R. Tolkien and Megan Whalen Turner.

Travis Erwin said...

Hemingway - Fishing, drinking, writing talk. My idea of heaven.

Harper Lee -- Talk about questions.

StaceyW said...

Dead: Jane Austen, the original chick lit author

Living: Emily Giffin, one of her worthy successors

Patricia A. Timms said...

Dead: E.A. Poe & Rudyard Kipling

Alive: I have a couple of questions for Scott Adams about God's Debris and a few for Lee Strobel as well.

Anonymous said...

Rude, unnecessary snark on Scott Fitzgerald.

T.N. Tobias said...

Dead - Chaucer - Cause the dude invented this game.

Living - Franzen, We'd head out to B&N and wreck the coffee stand, Burn all the O Magazines, and read Piccoult and Weiner and laugh and laugh...

Hoshizora Aona said...

Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams

sharongerlach said...

Dead: Edgar Allen Poe.

Alive: hmmm...would have to decide between Stephen King, JK Rowling, & Richard Russo (have you READ 'Straight Man'? Priceless!)

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

I think it's plain that I love the guy. Just a joke. I'm sure he would have paid!

Lum said...

living: Ray Bradbury
dead: C.S. Lewis

I love both author's writing. It would be cool to see the men behind the words. =)

Of course there are lots of writer pals I'd love to meet, too!! My friends at Ray Gun Revival, for one. :)

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Reesha said...

Dead: C.S. Lewis, without a doubt. (And Tolkien if I could manage it on the same visit.)

Alive: How can I choose? Neil Gaiman? J.K. Rowling? Eoin Colfer?

Can I just have a gigantic author party? Please? I'll even make cupcakes.

Mira said...

I thought your joke about Fitzgeral was funny.


Dead? Wilde and Twain would be fun. I forgot about Dorothy Parker, what a hoot! But I'd go with Tolkein if only to thank him.


Alive? Rowling! Best plotter I've ever read. Also, I'd like to hear about her next book!

But it would be tempting to meet with Stephen King just to give him a piece of my mind about "About Writing." Grrrrr.

Louis Duke said...

CS Lewis
Rowling

Lisa said...

Dead: Jane Austen

Living: I actually already met J.K. Rowling. She is amazing. I got to go to her book signing back in 2007 and hear her read and answer questions from the audience. One of the best days of my life.

RLS said...

Recently passed away: Norma Fox Mazer. Her YA impacted me more than I realized at the time.
Living: toss up between Anne Lamott and Julia Cameron both inspirational in ways similar and different.

Kelly Wittmann said...

Dead: Vita Sackville-West

Living: Antonia Fraser

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Jodi Henry said...

Dead- Ralph Waldo Emerson. The man was truly a nonconformist.

Alive- Cassandra Clare. She creates tension between her characters like I've never seen before.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Stephen King because the way he can make even a thing like going to the bathroom seem so compelling just flabbergasts me.

Dead author? I'd say Mark Twain, probably because high school made me read his books, and they actually turned out enjoyable.

Carol Riggs said...

Got my wires crossed. Try again.

Ah, there's a diff over admiring someone's writing and wanting to meet them (cuz some writers are just more personable and meetable), but having said that:

LIVING: Ray Bradbury!
(Or perhaps Timothy Zahn; I know what city he lives in, in Oregon, too--my uncle says they call him "the man in black" in town...whenever he makes an appearance, which isn't often)

I like someone's suggestion of Dave Barry, though. What a riot that guy is. Talk about a wacky dinner conversationalist, I bet.

Stephen King would be good too; love On Writing. Inspirational.

DEAD: Mark Twain. Quite the character, full of zest.

Iliadfan said...

Dead: Carl Sagan - his brilliance made my throat hurt, he was so awesome.

Alive: Jennifer Fallon - I'm awestruck by her characters and world-building. Or maybe Diana Gabaldon, since she lives a little closer than Australia. I'd happily meet either or both.

Dave said...

Alive, Ian Mcewan, I love Atonement

Dead, Hemmingway

The Red Angel said...

Madeleine L'Engle, J.K. Rowling, or Harriet Beacher Stowe. I know that's three not one haha...but I would just GRILL them with questions, I'd like to know so much!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Sylvia Allen Fisher said...

@ Rick Daley Hee-hee.

Dead: I would also have to go with Mark Twain, because I don't think I'd be the same afterwards.

Also Ellen Raskin, because THE WESTING GAME was the first book that made me aware (at 10) that writers could be manipulative in a really good way. I'll still be reading that book when I'm 80.

Living: Suzanne Collins, in the hopes that I could learn a little about how she makes her writing so tight-knit.

Lisa Yarde said...

Alive - it's a toss-up between Anne Rice and JK Rowling. I admire both women and their struggles.

Dead - Can't choose between Ernest Hemingway or Jane Austen. Hemingway would be great to go bar-hopping with, but Austen would probably crack me up with her take on the idiotic things people do.

Dawn Pier said...

Oh!!! Natan, you've hit on one of my favorite things to do. I love to fantasize about spending time with my favorite authors! I write them love letters and the other night I had a great (nodd nodd wink wink) dream about one of them.

Henry Miller is a shoe in. I'd make him a delicious meal, fresh bread, buy some really good wine and then put on some good jazz with a sprinkling of Edith Piaf. I'd have to invite my neighbor over (W.S Merwin) and my living author pick would be the very sensuous Michael Ondaatje. I would have all three together over the same meal. (Merwin doesn't count as one of my picks because he's my neighbor). I wouldn't ask a lot of questions, just sit and listen to the three of them banter back and forth and keep their glasses filled. I'm pretty sure it would prove to be an evening to remember (particularly if I got to live out my fantasy with Mr. Ondaatje)!

Terry Towery said...

Hmmm. Difficult choices.

Dead: Updike (sigh), or Faulkner.

Alive: Stephen King.

Crystal said...

Dead: I couldn't even begin to choose.

Alive: At the moment, Suzanne Collins- simply because I have a bone to pick with her. (NOT because of how Mockingjay went, I haven't even read it yet.)

Setting that aside however, I really don't know. It would be nice to just sit and -talk- to any of my favorite authors, and not necessarily about the trade.

ilana said...

Shakespeare (we'd talk about Macbeth) & Stephen King (we'd talk about It)

Marsha Sigman said...

Dead: Jane Austen (because I have a feeling she had a great sense of humor and geez...the guts it took to write what she did back then).

Living: Stephen King. There is no other answer and no explanation needed. He is the King.

Marilyn Peake said...

Iliadfan said:
"Carl Sagan - his brilliance made my throat hurt, he was so awesome."

I loved Carl Sagan’s COSMOS TV series, and bought his book related to the show. I was so sorry when he died recently. There’s another astrophysicist who reminds me of him: brilliant, into popularizing astrophysics, and comfortable with using modern technology to communicate his ideas. He’s Michio Kaku. Have you heard of him? Here’s his website, if you’re interested: Dr. Michio Kaku’s website.

Dara said...

Not living: Charlotte Bronte or Jane Austen.

Living: J.K. Rowling. Definitely.

Mariam Maarouf said...

Dead: Agatha Christie - for obvious reasons; she was a GENIUS.

Alive: Khaled Husseini - I want to know more about HIS life.

Whirlochre said...

David Stravrapenski.

As far as I know, he doesn't exist, and even if he does, he probably doesn't write.

I can't afford cryogenesis, so most liking to meet David Stravrapenski is my next best bet for making it to 100+.

That said, I wouldn't say no to ten minutes with Will Cuppy.

Hank Rickenbacher said...

Dead: Roberto Bolano
Alive: Thomas Pynchon

Ocean Archer said...

Peter the Apostle

Janet Evanovich

Joe G said...

Loads. I'd love to pick J. K. Rowling's brain and go through her notes with her. I'm not sure I'd make very good casual company though. There would be that element of being starstruck.

I'd love to party with Brett Easton Ellis, or go to a movie with Michael Chabon. I'd love to read comic books with Neil Gaiman. As far as dead authors go, I'll always regret that I never got to shake Kurt Vonnegut's hand.

Fawn Neun said...

Dead - Dorothy Parker
Live - Woody Allen

I actually saw him once and was too gobsmacked to breathe.

Kasey said...

Deadsville - Hemingway. We'd go out for a few drinks, and we'd talk each other off of our respective cliffs...

Pulling lungfuls - already met Cleave and Danielewski, so those are crossed off. Met Palahniuk, Cullen, Clevenger. Check. So I'd have to say, and I can guarantee that no one will pick this one: Mark Richard. Anyone who can write "The Ice at the Bottom of the World" can without question fill a lunch hour with much more than the smell of fried potatoes.

Stephanie Barr said...

Absolutely floored at having to choose a single dead author.

E. A. Poe, Georgette Heyer, Robert Heinlein, and maybe a dozen more.

Living: Nora Roberts. She has a fantastic skill with characterization that awes me and dozens of books with the same lot that each come across fresh. I would so love to pick her marvelous brain.

Stephanie Barr said...

And, yeah, I've a dozen contenders for the living category, but I have to give the edge to the woman who created Roarke.

Joann Swanson said...

Still breathing: Palahniuk. Recently dead: Salinger.

Douglas Morrison said...

Patrick O'Brien and Harlon Coben

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nicolemarieschreiber said...

So many choices! I would like to have a tea party with Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, Beatrix Potter, and Louisa May Alcott all in attendence. And if living people could be invited, I would invite JK Rowling to it. Meeting Shakespeare would be awe-inspiring as well.

Taryn Tyler said...

Living --it used to be Lloyd Alexander but then he died so Ursula LeGuin (though Terry Pratchet comes in a close second)

Dead --C.S. Lewis.

swampfox said...

Dead - Robert E. Howard

Alive - Ray Bradbury

Karen Peterson said...

Dead: Jane Austen

Living: JK Rowling

I'm such a cliché.

Anonymous said...

Truthfully...I wouldn't want to meet any writer alive or dead , but instead be able to observe the 'process' from a safe distance ! I'd love to see Norman Mailer & Roald Dahl throwing typewriter's and snapping pencils .

Anonymous said...

And yes....I do realise both have sadly passed .

Beth S. said...

Living: John Green
He is so funny and incredibly awesome

Dead: J.D. Salinger - just because everyone wanted to meet him but no one ever got to.

T. Anne said...

Stephen King and the apostle Paul who penned a majority of the New Testament. I've got lots of questions.

Amy said...

Dead: Madeleine L'engle. I have questions on where she came up with her scifi ideas.

Living: Melissa Marr. I'd love to talk fae and tattoos with that woman.

Alysha Glasser said...

Dead - Robert Jordan :) He is my all-time favorite author

Alive - Richelle Mead. She is working on three different series simultaneously. I would like to know how she does it!

Ariel Swan said...

I'm late on this comment run - but I want to meet Nick Sparks - because I want to know how he - handsome, young, etc. - can write chick lit so prolifically - is it a big family of sisters or what.

Otherwise - Alice Hoffman - the woman who started me writing my novel.

RSA Online said...

Dead: Edmund Spenser. Ask him where he was planning on going with "The Faerie Queen".

Alive: Stephanie Meyer. I have one question for her ... "HOW COULD YOU?! English literature didn't deserve that! Take it back"

Lisa said...

Dead - Kurt Vonnegut
Alive - Philip Roth

Suddenly, I feel very sexist.

Anonymous said...

The one burning question I would have for Rowling is 'how did she develop the seven books?'

I can't believe she planned the complete 7 from the beginning, yet there are so many things that seem to integrate from books 1 to 7.

Emily Anderson said...

Crazy, I picked before I read the end of your post and those were the exact two authors that came to mind.

Dick Hannah said...

Living . . . Vernor Vinge . . . his books consist of ideas that are wholly unknown to me. I'm betting an hour or two with him would open up even more unknowns.

Dead. . . and I just missed him . . . Dick Francis. Just to talk to him about racing, maybe have a pint.

Dick Hannah (www.puborperish.blogspot.com)

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Dead - David Foster Wallace
Alive - Ann Patchett (though McEwan or Javier Marias would be great, too. Cormac would just ignore me.

greatreader said...

Dead - Agatha Christie

Alive - Jacqueline Winspear

Cherise said...

Dead - Oh, can I only pick one? C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens...

Living - Peter S. Beagle

lahn said...

Dead -- Isak Dinesen, because of her amazing life and her ability to spin a tale
Alive -- Toni Morrison. I'd just sit and listen.
I also like the suggestions of Dante and Terry Pratchett -- and Jane Austen.
Great question!

K. M. Walton said...

Dead: J.D. Salinger
Living: Harper Lee (but I better hurry up...she's elderly now) or Jandy Nelson

Aimee said...

I have three dead authors I'd like to meet: Joseph Conrad, Ayn Rand, and David Foster Wallace. Alive? I'm not sure... Probably Stephen King.

Aimee said...

Make that four. Kerouac!

Heidi said...

Living: Oh, if I met Ken Follett, I would thank him in person for Pillars of the Earth.

Deceased: I'd love to visit with Beatrix Potter at her quaint cottage-estate, and I think Erma Bombeck would just be fun to hang out with.

J. T. Shea said...

Dead, C. S. Lewis. Live, Ray Bradbury. Looks like I'd have to wait in line for both!

Anonymous said...

Dead: Douglas Adams
Alive: Joss Whedon (cheating, but you didn't specify what kind of writer)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Dead: J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis
Alive: J.K. Rowling

Colleen said...

Living: Stephen King. I think he'd be a riot. Dead: Rudyard Kipling.

katdish said...

Dead: Kahlil Gibran
Living: Steven Pressfield

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