A Top Ten Tuesday meme from The Broke and The Bookish
Authors are amazing, aren't they? They're like magicians. Good authors see things and understand things in such a way that they get inside your head and become part of you for a short while. You find yourself nodding your head, cringing, or applauding, as a way of saying, Yes! I get that! I completely understand where this author is coming from. The word choice, the pauses, the dialogue, the characters, the scenery, the story, all of it flows seamlessly along to create an alternate reality that you can turn on and off with the opening and closing of a book. And the best books are the ones that linger even after you've put them down.
Meeting an author would be a little intimidating at first, I think. If reading their books is like they're getting into my head, then what would meeting them in person be like? *gah* I'd have to take a few deep breaths and a glass of wine, but here are some authors I would love (have loved) to meet.
1. Emily Carr (1871-1945) is better know for her artwork, but she wrote some pretty fabulous books as well. And being a bit of a rebel as far as Victorian culture goes, she would be a really interesting and fun person to meet.
2. Barbara Kingsolver. I love everything this woman writes. I would even love to read her shopping list.
3. Bill Bryson. Funny! Is a master of irony and the turn-of-phrase.
4. Joseph Boyden. Fabulous story teller. Great writing. Loved both his books.
5. David Sedaris. Funny and simpatico.
6. Diane Setterfield. The Thirteenth Tale - 'nuff said.
7. Ernest Hemingway. (1899-1961) I can't even say I like all of his stories, but I do consider him some kind of genius.
8. Daphne DuMaurier. (1907-1989) I've only just recently discovered her, but after reading Rebecca, I'm smitten.
9. Cormac McCarthy. I've only read The Road so far, but I would love to meet the author that can create that kind of atmosphere.
10. Bram Stoker (1847-1912). Dracula! Speaking of atmosphere . . .
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