It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this week’s topic from the girls at The Broke and The Bookish is causing me some dilemmas! It’s all about meeting authors: authors you want to meet, authors you can’t believe you have met, or some other topic along those lines.
Now, authors I want to meet? Well, how long have you got? Authors I can’t believe I’ve met? Well, that’s a grand total of one: Lord Jeffrey Archer. And that’s a story for another time… 😉
And of course, there’s nothing to say that these authors have to be currently living. And if that doesn’t just blow the whole topic wide open!
But here’s the thing. I love book blogging, and I love that I have been able to ‘meet’ some of my favourite authors online. How am I supposed to single out a handful of those authors for this list? *shakes head* I tried, but I just couldn’t do it. So here are some authors who have gone before, but whom I would loved to meet for various reasons.
What self-respecting Regency lover wouldn’t have Jane Austen on their list?
Dame Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Christie was my first taste of crime fiction, and I was hooked! One of the first things I did when I signed up for eBay (too many years ago!) was to hunt down second-hand copies of the Agatha Christie Crime Collection hardback editions of her novels. I do so like the way they look on my shelf 🙂
I love Heyer’s writing—her Regencies, her other historicals, AND her crime novels. She was a meticulous researcher in the days before computers and Google, keeping copious files and notes on all aspects of Regency life and the other historical events she wrote about. Apparently she recreated William the Conquerer’s crossing into England for her novel The Conquerer, and I read somewhere that her novel An Infamous Army contains such a detailed and accurate account of the Battle of Waterloo that it has actually been listed as recommended reading for military students. Now that’s my kind of writer!
C. S. Lewis
Does he really need any introduction? Not only the creator of Narnia, but an intellectual and a proponent of classical education. Oh, the things we could discuss!
L. M. Montgomery
True Confessions: When I was growing up, I wanted to be Anne. She captured my heart like no other character when I was a young girl. I wanted to dress like her, wear my hair like her, and meet my very own Gilbert… *sigh*
Dorothy L. Sayers
I have long been a fan of Lord Peter Wimsey, the aristocratic amateur detective she created, but Dorothy L. Sayers was also a champion of classical education, particularly the teaching of Latin, which I also happen to be quite passionate about.
Yes, I was one of those people who actually enjoyed studying Shakespeare at school. But secretly, I’m just hoping I get to dress in period-appropriate clothing when I meet him. And getting a bit of the low-down on the Tudors wouldn’t be bad, either. 😉
A friend introduced me to Mary Stewart’s novels when she found out that I loved romantic suspense, and I have been thanking her ever since. Not only does she write great suspense, but her descriptions—! Her novels are set in so many different locations—Corfu, Provence, Damascus, Austria, Skye—and she brings them to life so vividly. Ooh, now I’m itching to go and get one out!
J. R. R. Tolkien
Another man who needs no introduction! My first introduction to Tolkien was having The Hobbit read to me in Grade 6. Oh my, how I lived for that time just after recess when I could just close my eyes and be transported to Middle Earth. No matter how epic The Lord of the Rings may be, The Hobbit will always be my first Tolkien love! ❤
I’m not sure how much we would have in common, but I would love to sample some of his wit for myself.
Your turn! Which authors, past or present, would you most like to meet?