Commenter Joy Tamsin David recently posted her Top Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet. It’s part of a meme that made the rounds this week and it got me thinking about writers I’d love to chat with / debate / steal ideas from. The following folks intrigue me for various reasons, most because of their craft, some because of their life / publishing experiences, many for the complexity of their beliefs. I have included only living authors (mainly because speaking to Howard Lovecraft seems kinda creepy). If you don’t find yourself listed here, my apologies. I would still love to sit down with you, drink coffee, talk, laugh, and steal your ideas.
RAY BRADBURY — Author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Perhaps more than any other writer, Bradbury inspired me to want to write.
ANNIE DILLARD — Author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and The Writing Life. For demonstrating what creative non-fiction can be. Have I ever really stopped thinking about For the Time Being?
DEAN KOONTZ — Author of Watchers, Midnight, and Odd Thomas. Koontz’s philosophical / religious / scientific noodling, and his sense of humor, are refreshing. Dear Dean, What’s the secret to writing five books a year?
ALAN MOORE — Author of Watchmen and V is For Vendetta. Moore is a known Neopagan, occultist, ceremonial magician, and anarchist who worships a snake god named Glycon. Oh, and he doesn’t cut his hair.
TOSCA LEE — Author of Demon: A Memoir and Havah. Lee’s a wordsmith, her characters are realistic, and she’s not afraid to trod sacred / controversial ground. And, yes, she’s got panache.
STEPHEN KING — Author of The Shining, the Stand, and Salem’s Lot. Any writer who wouldn’t want to meet King should rethink their calling.
FREDERICK BUECHNER — Author of Wishful Thinking, Brenden: A Novel, and A Room Called Remember. Buechner is a contemplative, so meeting at Starbucks would be out of the question. Godric remains one of my all-time favorite books.
T.L. HINES — Author of Waking Lazarus, Faces in the Fire, and The Falling Away. I’m as intrigued by Hine’s life-experience as a cancer survivor as I am his publishing arc and his integration of faith and fiction. Plus, any author that uses his initials for his published name gets points.
JOYCE CAROL OATES — Author of over 50 novels, National Book Award winner, and Pulitzer nominee. For literary depth, breadth, and versatility. Is there anything the Grande Dame of the New Gothic can’t write? She scares me… in a good way.
NEIL GAIMAN — Author of Neverwhere and American Gods. Now a pop cultural icon, on the cutting edge of speculative fiction. I’m fascinated by Lewis and Chesterton’s early influence upon Gaiman, but even more fascinated by why he lives in Minnesota.
So there you have it! What authors would you like to meet and why? Have a great weekend!