Top Ten Authors I’d Like to Meet (Top Ten Tuesday)
Top Ten Authors I’d like to Meet
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Most of the authors on this list wrote books I grew up reading, so they made the list for making me interested in writing and helping me improve my writing. Some of them are just damn good writers.
Author of the Jack Reacher books, Child is as cool as his main character. Technically, I’ve met Child, but it was at a book signing, and I shook his hand, but didn’t get an opportunity to ask questions. His writing style is sharp and addictive and his books never fail to entertain. But more than that, he helped me better my writing and encouraged me to write something other than fantasy/adventure.
JK Rowling probably makes it onto this list for a lot of people. I grew up reading the Potter books and they kept me rooted in writing.
This guy is the boss. It’s hard to think of a better writer. I haven’t read all of his books–not even close. But those that I have read are consistently awesome. He writes characters better than any other author I’ve read and there’s never a dull moment in his books. 11/22/63 is one of my favourite books of all time.
Like the Potter books, I grew up reading Percy Jackson. Action, adventure, humour, battles, everything I like in a book.
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Stewart and Riddell count as one, because they’re the co-authors of the Edge Chronicles–another series I grew up reading. The Edge is an awesome fantasy world and the books are some of the best fantasy I’ve read.
The Skulduggery Pleasant series is laugh-out-loud funny, action-packed and entertaining. If Landy is as funny as his books then a meeting with this dude would probably involve plenty of rolling on the floor laughing.
I’ve yet to read Abercrombie’s adult high-fantasy series, but his YA Shattered Sea trilogy is some of the best high fantasy, if not the best, I’ve read. Gritty, action-packed, plenty of violence–this guy knows how it’s done.
The Bartimeaus Trilogy, The Lockwood & Co. series–Stroud writes some of the best YA/MG fantasy around. There’s no limit to this dude’s imagination. And I can only hope to write fantasy as well as he can.
Delaney reminds me of my Grandad, who used to tell me stories when I was a kid (and still does) and first got me interested in books. I’d been interested in books long before I started the Spooks series, but Delaney fueled my interest in fantasy.
Crichton wrote one of my favourite books and movies of all time in Jurassic Park, and I’ve read almost all of his books. The guy blends science and entertainment like nobody else and manages to make it understandable for everyone. It was a sad day when he died, but he’ll be remembered as not just a great sci-fi writer, but a great writer all round.