The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books that feature characters who... and after much back and forth over that who I went with write. While I have no interest in writing myself I love books that feature writers. So here is my Top Ten Books that Feature Characters Who Write.
2. Mrs. Ariadne Oliver from Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie - Mrs. Oliver is actually in a number of books mostly with Poirot and I love her. She's a some what stout older woman who is a bit unnerved by her fame as a writer and annoyed with the detective she's created from a country she knows little about. It gives the reader such a glimpse of Agatha herself that I look forward to all the books that contain Mrs. Oliver.
3. Beryl Madison from Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell - Since Beryl is dead before the book starts we don't really see much of her but we examine her life so thoroughly she might as well have been a character. I loved this book and was seriously creeped out by it at the same time. I think this is where I really discovered what stalking was and it made me seriously paranoid!
4. Emma Dove from And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke - This is one of my absolute favorite historicals and I love that Emma not only works for a living as the secretary of a publisher she dreams of writing books on etiquette AND proves her employer wrong.
5. Jordan Hawke from Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts - I love this book mostly because Dana is a book lover and librarian and Jordan is a writer who specializes in gothic-y horror type books. Plus it's a 2nd chance romance which is my favorite kind.
7. Sara Fielding from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas - If I was listing the top 5 books that got me reading romance this would be on the list. What's even better is that shy and meek Sara Fielding has written a book that makes her beloved to the common man
8. Andy from House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels - This isn't a big issue in the book but there's a pretty entertaining scene where Meg discovers who he really is
9. Eliza Makepeace from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - Those fairy tales and the book that is woven through the book itself provide so much of the atmosphere. I feel the need to reread this one because I'm sure there's bunches of bits and pieces I missed the first time around.
10. Mr. Melendy from The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright - This was one of my favorite books as a child and I was thrilled when I rediscovered this and the rest of the Melendy books as an adult. It entertains me greatly that Mr. Melendy is a writer because there's so little development on this that he could be a lawyer or an accountant or just about anything else.
So are you a sucker for books with writer characters too? Any others I should read?