Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Authors I Want to meet or Else my Life Will Not be Complete
I totally didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but it did, and it’s wonderful! This topic doesn’t need much of an introduction. I will say that limiting this to 10 authors that I want to meet was pretty damn hard. Here we go!
I basically stalk Sabaa Tahir’s life. Not only do I freaking looooove the An Ember in the Ashes series (like, probably more than what could be considered normal), but I’m also all over her social media accounts and website. She seems so down to earth, which makes me like her even more. Not only would I fan girl so hard if I met her, but I would genuinely just want to hang out with her and talk about nothing in particular, because she’s hilarious and I think our personalities would mesh well.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Will you just be my best friend, please?
Every book that I have read by Ruta has left me in awe. Her ability to translate history into YA is seriously mind boggling. SHE MAKES ME CRY, PEOPLE. That is a big deal.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: How long does it normally take you to research a subject matter for a book? Also, how do you pick which topic you want to write about next? (Sorry, two questions)
SARAH J. MAAS
Sarah seems like a fantastic person, but why I really want to meet her is to just talk about what a boss author she is. I’ve only read the Throne of Glass series (I know, just scold me and hate me for not having read A Court of Thornes and Roses), but I find it incredibly impressive that she’s pumping out not one, but two uber-popular series’ at the same time.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: How in the hell are you writing two killer series’ at the same exact time? Tell me your secrets!
Kasie West has helped me to fall in love with contemporary YA. I’d be really interested to have a conversation with her about where she finds her inspiration. I think contemporary is one of the more challenging genres because it can be so similar and repetitive, so I’d want to hear all her tips and tricks for being “unique”.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Are you ever worried that your books are too similar, and if so, how do you combat that?
Susan Dennard seems like one of the most genuine and human YA authors out there. She has a newsletter where she connects with not only readers of her work, but also aspiring young writers and offers all kinds of helpful information and resources. Plus, I’m mildly obsessed with The Witchlands series and would try to see if she’d tell me any secrets about it. I would most likely fail miserably, but it would be worth a shot.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Which magical power would you choose to have?
I want to give Pierce Brown all the credit in the world for the Red Rising series. IT’S SO FREAKING GOOD! I have gotten so many people hooked on the series, and I just want to meet him so I can praise him and also beg him to release the Iron Gold series sooner than October. I seriously don’t know how I’m supposed to wait, ESPECIALLY after getting to read an excerpt of it. I’m basically going through withdrawal now.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Okay, I just need to know who your favorite Red Rising character is. It’s Sevro, isn’t it? Has to be!
I just really love the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, so I’d be super excited to meet Jenny Han to tell her just that and excitedly loud talk at her about how I cannot wait for the next book to be released so I can dive head first back into this world that I have been absent from for far, far too long. I’m also very curious if Jenny is anything like Lara Jean, mainly if she’s as silly and funny as Lara Jean is.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: What is your favorite dessert? ß Very important question, ya’ll.
ORSON SCOTT CARD
While I would want to tell Orson Scott Card how much I enjoy his books, I am also just very curious about the life of a science fiction writer. What do they do differently than other authors? I know that seems so weird, but when I think of science fiction he is one of the authors that comes to my mind, and I’m curious, so I would ask him all these weird questions about it that would most likely result in him asking security to escort me out because I’m clearly crazy.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Tell me the actual order that I’m supposed to read all of the Ender book’s in, please! So many options, so many opinions… I just need the TRUTH!
There is no doubt that The Night Circus has some of the most badass, beautiful, and detailed imagery EVER. I would spend my time talking to Erin Morgenstern about her inspiration for the story, how long it took her to write, how many times she revised all of the details to get them absolutely perfect, and ask what her favorite part of the story is.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Can we expect another book from you soon? Please say yes.
J. K. ROWLING
I’d probably faint and not even get to talk to her, if we’re being honest.
If I could only ask one question, it would be: Would you mind putting in a good word for me with Tom Felton? I’d like to have Draco Malfoy as my friend in real life. Okay, thanks!
Who is the ONE author that you haven’t gotten to meet yet that you really, really, absolutely need to meet or else nothing else in the world matters?