Thursday, October 21, 2010
Blog Chain - Wanted...Dead Or Alive
Yep, that's right author-fans, it's blog chain time and Michelle Hickman is the awesome creator of this edition's question:
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?
Wow, what a question. This is a toughie, because their are so many good authors to choose from. I'm going to take my queue from Michelle however and walk through how I came up with the right one (for me anyway).
I didn't seriously consider J.R.R. Tolkien (even though I'm a huge fan of his works) because I know I'd be stuck between complete awe of his ability and yet complete frustration at the lengthy description he tended to use. Let's not even get me started on the Silmarillion. So no, he wouldn't work.
One author I considered was Piers Anthony. While perhaps not counted amongst the great authors of our time, when I was younger, the Incarnations of Immortality series was one that I read over and over and over. But then I remembered what a travesty this guy has made of the Xanth series (dude, 27 books? Starting a new - but similar - series with #28? Are you freakin' kidding me? Come up with a new idea fer cryin' out loud), and that pretty much knocked him out of the spotlight.
So I reserve the spot of honor (an honor for me, of course) for Stephen King. I haven't loved every single book he's written (Gerald's Game, I'm looking at you) and yet other works of his (the holy grail known as The Stand) leave me dumbstruck at their majesty. It's because of these extremes that I believe I could learn a mountain of knowledge from the guy, even in normal conversation. He's had his highs and he's had his lows and he still manages to put out good stuff.
I honestly don't know what ONE question I could ask him; there's just so many things I would want to ask. But if I were restricted to one (thanks alot Michelle. What, does he have burly ogre bodyguards that clamp a iron plate over my mouth the minute I attempt a second question?), it'd have to be how to create the amazingly creepy aura that seems to pervade so many of his books. He's a master at it, and someday I hope to achieve even a tenth of that.
That's all I have to say about that. I'm following Michelle this round, so you can read what she had to say about her own question. And tomorrow, expect wondrous things from our own awesome Margie Gelbwasser.
If you had to answer this question though, who would you choose and what would you ask?