I want to meet so many people it’s ridiculous. And living in the far northern reaches of Canada, very unrealistic. But these five authors I would go out of my way to meet. All of these authors built their worlds, their voice, their style and their characters in a way that makes me envious. And even more driven to connect with my own writing and develop my own stories.
Side note: These are five authors I look up to from a writing point of view. Now if we were just going from a straight up reader perspective than HP all the way. Always. ;)
Anyway, here they are in no particular order!
Because Thomas. That’s all.
Because she could take such an emotional story line and spin it in such a way that it’s gripping and intense but not flowery, or sappy, or angsty. There is nothing forced about her stories. They seem effortless and still are all consuming. It’s like she trusts her readers to come to the right conclusions without forced language and emotional manipulation.
Sam is a great character. She’s complex and deep. There are many sides to her and her growth is natural. She just is. Not once while reading did I say , “I don’t think Sam would do/say/think that.” I could really tell that Fitzpatrick takes the time to not just know, but UNDERSTAND her characters. They seemed more like real people than characters. It really helps to get lost in the story.
Looking for Alaska is my favourite John Green book that I’ve read. Miles remains one of my favourite characters of all time. Green isn’t just an author, he’s built himself an empire. He has a certain style and it’s easily identifiable. He’s comfortable with his voice and it’s never shaky.
The book I’ve read that sticks out most for me is Fixing Delilah (reading Twenty Boy Summer right now). Along with Forman and Fitzpatrick, I love that she makes her stories about SO much more than ‘what the story is about’. Family drama is high on my list of things I love to read about. I need lots of layers in the stories I love. There are definitely layers.
And there you have it. Five authors I’d love to meet. Who are your top five?
On an end note, I just realized that all these authors have something in common. They write nice guys. Complex, real, flawed (except Jase, of course ;) ) non-cookie cutter male characters. No prince charmings, no alpha-males, no gimmicks. Just genuine guys. I guess I like that… lol