In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, we had to compile a list of the “Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet.” My list runs the gamut from some of the top Young Adult authors out there to contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and even one deceased author. There’s even a comic book creator amongst them. Some may be obvious to why I really, really want to meet them, while others may not be so obvious. So without further ado, here you go!
1.) Richelle Mead
On her blog Richelle describes herself an urban fantasy author with a severe coffee addiction. A passion we both share! Mead is the author of the bestselling Vampire Academy novels, as well as its spin-off, Bloodlines. She has other books under her belt, like the Georgia Kincaid series, and the upcoming Soundless. I would like to meet her, because VA and Bloodlines are two of my all-time favorite YA series, and she just seems like an all around cool person. Plus, I’d love to know more about her favorite TV shows and books to read.
2.) Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon is another author of one of my all-time book series, and has created such a richly descriptive universe in her bestselling Outlander series, that I’d love to know more about her writing process. Gabaldon holds three major degrees in science, including a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology. How does someone like that go from a scientist to a historical fiction author? Inquiring minds (mine) wants to know! You can learn more about Diana and her novels on her site, DianaGabaldon.com.
3.) George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is known for many things. One is being the author of the best-selling series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Another, is taking forever to complete each book. However, maybe that’s a good thing. Yeah, I said it! By being made to wait, fans will get the best of George, and in the meantime we at least get to watch Game of Thrones on HBO. Plus, George is kind enough to provide excepts of the 6th book from ASOIAF, The Winds of Winter, on his site. Like Gabaldon, I’d love to meet George and pick his brains about ASOIAF (duh!) and ask how in the hell he manages to keep all of the families, political intrigues, and shenanigans straight. The man’s continuity is absolutely breathtaking and masterful.
4.) Paullina Simons
Simons is a new author I discovered last year. Her series, The Bronze Horseman, was phenomenal, and I basically just want to bow down before her. The love story she created was one of the most memorable I’ve ever read, and I’m eagerly anticipating the movie adaptation. Then again… maybe I should just re-read the series.
5.) J. R. R. Tolkien
Besides writing one of the greatest epic stories of all-time, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien wrote the languages the characters spoke. Holly hell! As someone who’s learned several languages in my life, I can’t fathom how one would go about it. Maybe I should as George R. R. Martin. He’s done this also, and I have a greater chance of meeting him then Tolkien, who passed away in 1973.
6.) Jennifer L. Armentrout
I am so obsessed with JLA’s novels! They manage to suck me in from the very first sentence, and never let me go until the very last. Armentrout writes likable characters, strong heroines, and swoon-worthy guys. Whether she’s writing a story about demigods or aliens, JLA keeps the action flowing, the snarky comments flying, and fills the pages with equal amounts of funny and heartbreaking scenes. Check out her website to learn more about her, and her wonderful books!
7.) J. K. Rowling
Duh! This author shouldn’t need any explanation. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet her?
8.) Robert Kirkman
OK, so I’m kind of cheating with this one. I’ve actually met Robert Kirkman, but unfortunately never got to ask him everything I’ve wanted to ask him. If you don’t know who Kirkman is, then you’ve probably been living under a rock, as he’s the creator of the comic, The Walking Dead. You know, the comic that became the mega-hit television show on AMC of the same name? Yeah, that one! I’ve been reading the comics, and while the show is pretty faithful to the source material, changes have been made. That’s par for the course with adaptations, but I’d love to know more about what he thinks about it.
9.) Madeline Miller
I couple years ago I came across Miller’s novel, The Song of Achilles, which has become one of my favorite books. In the novel, Miller retells Homer’s The Illiad from Patroclus’ perspective, with a twist. Instead of Patroclus’ being portrayed as Achilles’ cousin, as in the Brad Pitt film Troy, Patroclus is Achilles’ lover. Miller makes a classic story new and fresh, and gives readers a love story for the ages.
10.) Charlie Huston
To say I’ve read every book this man has written is an understatement. I haven’t just read them, I devoured them. Like Armentrout, Huston writes stories that are so engaging they grab you from the very first line. My favorite series of his is The Henry Thompson trilogy. In the series, a bartender gets accidentally set-up by his friends, and becomes the target of the Russian mob. If any series should be adapted for the big screen, this is it. Of course, a lot more happens, but who am I to spoil the fun? If you want to know more, stop by Huston’s site.
So there you have it folks! Did any of the author’s you’d like to meet make the cut? If so, which ones? Don’t be shy! Tell me in the comments below.