What author, dead or alive, would you most want to spend a day with and why?
This is a really hard question to answer because there are so many authors I would love to spend the day with, both trad and indie. I mean, we're talking about William Shakespeare, Amanda Hocking, Lois Lowry, M. R. Mathias, J. K. Rowling, Irene Hunt, Stephenie Meyer, Louisa May Alcott, Charlaine Harris, H. P. Mallory, Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Victorine Lieske, R. L. Stine, T. L. Haddix, and those are just to name a few!
Why would I want to meet with any of them? Well Amanda has been dubbed 'the indie princess' and with good reason. She started writing her first novel at the age of 17 and continued writing several series throughout the years. She tried trad publishing, but couldn't catch a break. After 1 year of publishing her novels on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, she has sold over a million copies of her books and now has a trad publishing deal with St. Martin's Press (not to mention one of the best agents in the states!). I'd love to just pick her brain! What's the coolest thing about her still is she's very down to earth. She hasn't let this new found fame go to her head. She still tweets about every day life, she still posts blogs about her obsessions and interests, and she still answers questions. She's younger than me and I want to be like her when I grow up!
I think why I'd want to meet J. K. Rowling is pretty obvious but I'll tell you anyway. She was a single mother living on handouts with a small child and had an idea. She took that small little idea (an idea of a boy wizard) and wrote her little heart out. She couldn't afford heating her apartment, so to keep warm she stayed at local coffee shops in her area and wrote. She had a hard life, caught a break and is now one of the best author's out there with billions of dollars at her disposal. It's like a fairytale, and I'd love to sit with her and ask her how she did it all.
But after I think about it all, and think of where I'd love to find myself in ten years, I have finally made up my mind. If I could meet any author and spend a day with them, it would be R. L. Stine.
Is that a shocker? I sure hope not! As a kid I grew up reading Goosebumps and the Fear Street series. While my sisters and brother-in-law read Stephen King's It and The Stand, I read 99 Fear Street's The First Horror, The Second Horror and The Third Horror. I ate them up! Don't get me wrong, I read and enjoyed Stephen King's, Dean Koontz's and Christopher Pike's books too. But it was R. L. Stine's books that I rushed to the library, sat in their back room (that, for some reason, resembled a dining room) and read for hours! When the library would close on Saturdays I'd always have three or four books checked out, because they'd be closed on Sundays and I'd have practice after school on Mondays. I would read a story, bring it back and a few months later check out it out again. My sister thought I was nuts getting the same books over and over, telling me there were so many other books out there. But, whenever I re-read his books, it felt like reuniting with an old friend and I remembered why I liked reading them so much. Familiarity.
Some of you probably already know that I would love to be a horror writer. I've been dabbling in it, and I've got a long way to go. I have a hard time writing mysteries. The suspense is hard to create and at times I find myself either rushing or dragging. I've got to learn how to create that happy medium, and that's something I'd love to ask R. L. about. There is so many questions I'd ask him, but I won't bore you further with those details.
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