Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish, has been my favorite meme since I started joining in on it a few months ago. Every week, the girls post a prompt and book bloggers are asked to create a list of their top ten choices regarding that prompt.
This week's prompt: Top Ten Authors I'd Die to Meet
1) Neil Gaiman: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that this comes as a surprise to no one. Anyone who visits this blog regularly knows that I talk about him so much that he now has his own tag. I once said that if he were a religion, I would be a bishop. There are very few authors today that I respect even half as much as I do Gaiman and I think he'd be an incredible person to talk to.
2) Deanna Raybourn: Again, no surprises here. Raybourn is the only author who has been capable of getting me to read what could be considered romance novels, although, thankfully, they fall more under the mystery and historical fiction categories than anything else. I've been following her career since she published her first Lady Julia novel and have found her to be a sweet, funny woman who is entirely deserving of all of the praise and awards she receives. Definitely someone I'd like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with.
3) Terry Pratchett: I'm an insanely predictable person, apparently. I already wrote about my reasons for wanting to meet Sir Terry, so I won't go into detail again. He's been an inspiration for me as a writer since I was in high school and I would love to tell him thank you.
4) David Sedaris: My sincerest hope is that Sedaris is just as funny in person as he is on paper. From what I've read about him and his life, I have a feeling that he'd be a fun party guest.
5) Markus Zusak: I've only read one novel by Zusak, The Book Thief, but, having read it, I feel this huge inclination to thank him for such a beautiful and inspiring novel, especially in an age where pretty much anything can be published and become popular (e.g. Snooki's travesty of a book).
6) J.K. Rowling: I know that she's probably on everyone's list, but all I'd really want to do if I met her is ask her how she could take such a deep, multi-faceted character like Snape and, in one crushing blow, turn him into a whiny emo. Jo, you got some s'plaining to do.
7) Derek Landy: My followers know that I'm obsessed with Skulduggery Pleasant, so this, again, is not a shock. Landy seems like he'd be a really fun guy to hang out with and I'd love to pick his brain about writing.
8) Stephanie Meyer: This one would be surprising to my followers if it weren't for the fact that I just want to smack her. I wouldn't even say anything. It would be like those movies where some guy walks up to someone and takes his glove out, smacks them, and walks away.
That's all I can think of. I was keeping myself to living authors because, frankly, we'd be here all day if I hadn't.