Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet
I’ve already met quite a few authors, but the list of ones I’d like to meet is almost unfathomably long. It’s been hard to choose just ten authors, but these are the ones I’d like to meet the most (whether because I’ve heard about how fun they are, because I love their books so much or I just have cool editions that I want to get signed!).
10) John Green
I have a love/hate relationship with John Green. Some of his books (Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns) are books that I’d count amongst my all-time favourites, but some of his books (The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines) aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. I’d like to meet him, but I think the queue would be too crazy and I would probably give up on queuing and go home instead.
9) Rebecca Barrow
I’d love to meet Rebecca Barrow for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, because her debut novel You Don’t Know Me But I Know You is an emotional rollercoaster, and I’d like to thank her for writing a book which discusses teen pregnancy frankly, without any political motivation. However, I’d also like to meet Rebecca because she used to work for the same library system that I did, and I’ve heard so much about her!
8) Robin Stevens
I binged Robin Stevens entire Murder Most Unladylike series earlier in the year, and I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book in the series, Death in the Spotlight (which is out in TWO DAYS! YAY!). Stevens’ writing reminds me of the classic mystery novels of my childhood, so it was a no-brainer when she became one of my favourite authors.
7) Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the book which helped me accept and embrace my bisexuality, so I’d love to meet Becky Albertalli in real life and thank her for writing such a brilliant book. She’s doing a few appearances in the UK with Adam Silvera this month, but I’m unable to get to any of them. Keeping my fingers crossed that she may be on the YALC lineup next year…
6) Travis M. Riddle
Travis Riddle reached out to me shortly after the release of the cover for his book Wondrous. Not only am I a book blogger, I’m also a big fan of the band Waterparks, which is how Travis found me (he’s best friends with their vocalist, Awsten Knight). Over the past year or so Travis and I have talked a lot on Twitter, and he’s so funny – I’d love to meet him in real life.
5) Louise O’Neill
Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It is one of the best books I’ve ever read. She appeared at YALC this year, and I was highly tempted to go because I really wanted to meet her, but unfortunately it just didn’t pan out. I’m yet to read Only Ever Yours, because I’ve heard it’s just as difficult to read as Asking For It is. I’m not sure whether I can put myself through that pain again!
4) Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay’s non-fiction writing about feminism is some of the best that I’ve read. She’s equal parts funny and insightful, and although some of her observations are upsetting (particularly those which discuss the prejudice faced by people who are female and black, or female and fat) they’re also infuriating and inspiring.
3) Neil Gaiman
I’ve only read Neil Gaiman’s short stories (and not even all of those, as he has so many different collections) but I’ve enjoyed all of the ones that I’ve read. One of my ex-colleagues met him at the zoo a couple of weeks ago – his son literally ran into her! – so I’d love to meet him too.
2) Stephen King
Who wouldn’t want to meet Stephen King? He’s such a prolific writer, with over sixty books published, and his non-fiction book On Writing is one of the best creative writing advice books I’ve read. I’d love to meet Stephen King to quiz him on other discoveries he’s made about the craft of storytelling since releasing On Writing, but I know I’d end up unable to voice my questions, gushing compliments at him instead!
1) Jane Austen
I want to be best friends with Jane Austen. She’s savage as heck, which makes the fact that her novels got published way back in the early 1800s all the more impressive. She criticises high society, mocking friends and family members alike, but in such a polite way that you almost can’t believe what you’re reading! I know it’s impossible for me to meet Jane Austen, but if I could bring any author back from the dead for a dinner party, she would be at the top of the list.
Have you met any of these authors? If so, are they as cool in real life as I think they’re going to be?