This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Susan Scott Shelley asks:
Given the choice of any authors in the world (living or deceased), who would you want as a guest?
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So many choices – so little time! I approached this topic a little like word association – just go with it. And you know whose name first popped into my head? Stephen King.
Here’s the weird part. I’m not a huge Stephen King fan. Trust me – it’s not him, it’s me. I’m such a chicken when it comes to horror. Suspense I love, horror, not so much. But one of my all time favourite short stories (and movies) is The Shawshank Redemption. I loved The Green Mile in movie form, although the book sent me a bit sideways with the alien mouse. And while I haven’t read Misery, the movie still resonates in my mind.
But my favourite Stephen King book is his On Writing. That is one of the most insightful, interesting craft books I’ve ever read. After I’d finished it, I felt like I knew him as a person, not just as the writer of odd, freaky stories. I’d love to pick his brain on the day in, day out process of writing. No matter what anyone thinks of his writing, he is obviously a professional, who takes his work and his craft very seriously.
Now, if I wanted to have an evening with a witty, charming and slightly off-the-cuff guest, I would chose Jennifer Crusie. I love her books – love the banter and repartee of her characters, their quirkiness and vulnerability and individuality. I follow Jenny’s blog, www.arghink.com, and her posts are always interesting and compelling. She can be a bit obsessive, and her craft posts make me despair that I’ll ever be able to understand my writing as well as I should. But I’m pretty sure I’d spend most of the evening dying of laughter and feeling invigorated and uplifted.
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