I think we all want to meet our favourite authors at some point, even though, if past experiences are any indication, I’d be a complete idiot each time. Even when I meet authors that I don’t know I get all flustered, so meeting a hero would be ridiculous.
- Mercedes Lackey – Although I don’t read ALL of her books any more, I had a bit of an obsession with her when I was younger. The Oathbound was one of the first books I ever bought on my own and it will forever be one of my favourite books of all time. She’s a huge recluse as far as I can tell, so it would be a bit of a challenge to get to sit down with her.
- Jenny Lawson – Okay, so I’ve met her once already, but she’s just so damned cool and funny! I can’t wait for her next book to come out so I can laugh so hard I cry. I started reading her blog before Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was published, and it actually inspired me to start blogging my own stuff.
- Genevieve Valentine – I have read two of her books now (Mechanique and The Girls at the Kingfisher Club) and have been wowed both times. Her writing is so beautiful and intense that you get lost in the words. I’d love to know where she gets her ideas.
- Gail Carriger – Her Parasol Protectorate books are some of the funniest steampunk paranormal fantasy I have ever read, and her clothing is adorable. I’d love to sit down to tea with her just to find out what she is like in real life.
- Jane Austen – Yeah, I know she’s been dead forever, but if I could time travel or maybe just have a really real séance I would totally want to talk to her. Reading Pride and Prejudice taught me that I could like classics, even during a time when fantasy was the only genre I would acknowledge. It may have started out as a school reading project, but I fell in love with her words and now own more than a reasonable number of copies of the same book.
- Susin Neilsen – She has written some truly amazing YA, and manages to tell coming-of-age stories in a way that doesn’t feel cliché at all. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen was one of the first ARCs I ever received (and I didn’t think I would like) but I quickly fell in love with her quirky characters and realistic voices.
- C.S. Lewis – Yep, another dead person. I would really love to pick this man’s brain about his switch from atheism to Christianity. Reading Mere Christianity just don’t give me all the details I want to know about this subject. Also, the Narnia books were pretty awesome and he should know that.
- Ann Marston – I vividly recall seeing Marston’s first book, Kingmaker’s Sword, on a table in the library when I was a tween and thinking “I’m going to read that some day.” Apparently a Canadian publisher has made a deal with her for 9 books, 6 of which were previously published by HarperCollins. I just want to let her know the impact those books had on my early reading habits and that there is at least one fan who is eagerly awaiting future books from her.
- Maggie Furey – She is another one of the fantasy authors that had a huge impact on my reading style. I was introduced to her books by a friend in highschool and truly enjoyed the worlds and characters she created in Aurian and the rests of her series. She is another author that needs to know that there is someone in the world eagerly awaiting a new book from her.
- Alex London – First he wrote the An Accidental Adventure series, which is hilarious and wonderful, and then he goes and writes Proxy and blows me away! He is a versatile author, who isn’t afraid to write about difficult subjects. His Goodreads profile picture is pretty awesome too.
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