First of all, it’s a shame I can only invite four. Even though, I am an intimate dinner party type of girl, I want to pick the brain of many more just to find out things like what they eat for breakfast, what makes them feel completely vulnerable, their greatest lover (what?) and seriously – how did they land their book deals??
There’s a myth that you should never meet the person who wrote the book you love because you WILL be disappointed. However, I have met some authors and while they may not have met my expectations, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Sometimes, I feel that way when I watch a movie that came from a book. I get so excited because the characters were so specific and so alive in my imagination and then I see the movie and they are nothing like I envisioned. Sometimes it works out and becomes a new story and many times – I’m just bummed and reminded that my friends (characters) are really just fiction. And I love living in a fantasy world –so I really hate it when my bubble bursts.
If you are an author, you probably relate to this. You write a story, which comes from this sometimes finger/brain wrenching experience at times and you put it all out there. Once the agonizing process of editing, book design, publishing and marketing are complete, you move on to the next – sometimes even before this process is over. Unless you continue to write about the same characters, you find yourself disconnected now – like an ex – and onto the next.
Even though I now know this process entirely well, the fantastical mind still lives in me and it wants to meet the authors that have stretched my thinking and share a glass of wine or three. So, here are just four that I would like to meet and a reason or two why – or maybe just because.
Jennifer Weiner – Of course, I would say this. And while I have seen her and have been in the same room with her, I did not meet her. She has sent me an email or two in response to my fan letters back when her first book was just released – but she’s now too busy to answer personally. For me, she’s one of the authors whom I most revere for bringing to life all the bits and pieces we each have within us. She is a great blend of strength and sweetness. She is funny as all hell and she has a way with words that leaves you smiling because she is so clever and relieved for understanding them.
J.K. Rowling – I want to hear her story told to my face. It’s pretty inspiring and she’s pretty damn amazing. I just have a sh** ton of questions I need to ask.
Woody Allen – Because, maybe I shouldn’t admit this – but I relate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald – Because why not?! Good times and stories would definitely ensue.
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