The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Authors I'd Like to Meet or Have Met. Now meeting authors has never been high up on my list. I'm not sure how much I want to see behind the curtain. I mean what do you do if you meet your favorite author and they're really mean? Will they still be your favorite author? As well a number of my picks would involve a time machine!
2. Barbara Michaels/Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters - Under the name Barbara Michaels she has written some of my favorite guaranteed slump-buster romantic suspense books. Under the name Elizabeth Peters she's written tons of mysteries. Under her actual name of Barbara Mertz she had a PhD in Egyptology and has two books on Ancient Egypt that have been in continuous print since publication in the 1960s. I think she'd be a fascinating person to get to know.
3. Elizabeth Enright - I know almost nothing about her as a person but her children's books in the Melendy series and in the Gone Away Lake series are so delightful that she just has to be a lovely person.
4. Sarah MacLean - I heard a number of interviews with MacLean on the podcast Avon on the Air which hasn't had a recent podcast in months which makes me sad. However, MacLean is hilarious and I really enjoyed her take on some of the more classic romances. I love that not only is she a romance writer but she is clearly an enthusiastic romance reader.
6. Sophie Hannah - I haven't actually read any of her books with her own characters but I have read both of her Poirot books and I know she was sanctioned by the grandson of Agatha Christie. I would love to talk over her research and just Poirot in general.
7. Jill Shalvis - I love Jill Shalvis' books and I love her Instagram feed and I love every interview I've ever heard from her. She seems like she's just fun to hang out with plus she has lots of dogs which would make it even better.
8. Douglas Adams - I love Adams' sense of humor and the fact that he can take the most ordinary situation and make it laugh till you cry funny without even seeming to try. I'm curious on how that would translate to his speaking.
9. Susan Wiggs - I really love Susan Wiggs' books but I really want to meet her to beg for the 3rd book in the Bella Vista Chronicles. I adored The Apple Orchard and The Beekeeper's Ball and there were hints that a 3rd book was in the works and an open ended discovery at the end of the 2nd book and then NOTHING. It's been years. She's had other books that were wonderful but I want another Bella Vista Chronicles!
10. Tony Horwitz - Basically I just want to have Tony Horwitz's job. He does these fascinating and funny travel/history books and I'd really just like to follow him around on one of his trips. If you haven't read Blue Latitudes about Captain Cook or A Voyage Long and Strange about North American between Columbus and the Pilgrims I highly recommend them both.
Who would you like to meet?