Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Blog Chain - Lunch with Dead People
This time around, the fabulous Michelle Hickman wants to know:
If you could dine with any author, and I do mean any whether alive or dead (yes, we're going into the realms of time travel - but hey, we have science fiction writers on this chain so we can always ask for them to write up the time machine specs), who would you want to dine with? And if you can ask them for advice on one writing element you feel you might be struggling at, what would it be?
Great! An easy one ;) Two authors really come to mind. One is living and one dead. The living one is JK Rowling. I think I'd really just like to have tea with her and chat. The thing about her is that her writing and storytelling are so effortless that it'd ruin the magic if I asked her to "teach" me. I think all the best bits would come simply from chatting. When I read Harry Potter, I realized that this wasn't just a story someone made up. Rowling infused the world with little pieces of herself. And that's what I'd like to learn about.
The dead author is Robert Jordan. When I say that I've been reading Jordan's books for 20 years, I mean that I've been reading ONE SERIES for 20 years. I suppose I'd like to re-read all the books written up to this point and then sit the man down and ask him what the heck he was thinking. Truthfully, I'd like to simply pick his brain about the series. It was one of the most convoluted yet rich series I've ever read. It fired up my young mind and frustrated me as an adult. I've decided that when Brandon Sanderson (who was chosen to finish the series) writes the last book, I'm going to take them all, read them from beginning to end, and then burn them. Maybe if I bring Jordan back, he'd like to throw the match.
And that's that! So, if you haven't already, head on over to the Magnificent Michelle M's blog and see who she'd dig up to chat with, and then tomorrow check out the amazing Abby's blog and see what she's got to say :)