Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'd love to meet

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Last year when I worked at the Brisbane Writer's Festival I was granted the great honour to work in the Author's green room. While I topped up sandwiches, chocolate biscuits and the coffee pots I was encouraged to mingle with the authors and their publishing contacts. I may have been working 12 hour days and coming home to 6+ hours working on a graphic novel I was writing for a class but I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven! Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World), Val McDermid (Trick of the Dark), Jake Adelstein (Tokyo Vice), Mian Mian (Panda Sex), Ace Bourke (Christian the Lion), Simon Winchester (Atlantic:A Biography of the ocean), John Birmingham (He Died With a Felafel in His Hand), Chris Womersley (Bereft), Joe Bageant (Rainbow Pie) were all there (plus so many more!), although I didn't get to talk to them all, sadly. I felt like I imagine people feel around actors and musicians- my heart was racing, I struggled to speak and I felt like throwing myself at their feet and shrieking "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!"

Even though I've come close to some fantastic authors I've never had the chance to meet my "big 10". These are authors that constantly inspire and amaze me with their creativity and are like gods in my mind. Some I'll never get the chance to meet since they've passed away, but all 10 are the authors who have impacted on my life the most and could never be replaced. In no particular order I'd like to introduce you to the faces and names of the Top 10 authors I'd love to meet!

Hunter S. Thompson

William Shakespeare

J.K. Rowling

Irvine Welsh

Roald Dahl

Diana Wynne Jones

Douglas Adams

Kurt Vonnegut

Neil Gaiman

Warren Ellis


  1. Great list! Love J.K Rowling. I completely forgot about Roald Dahl and Douglas Adams in my list.

  2. Yeah, we shared one. Can't believe I missed out Roald Dahl, my childhood favourite. Also Douglas Adams and Diana Wynne Jones. Brilliant list!

  3. Oh man, how did I forget Douglas Adams?! Great list.

  4. I can't believe I didn't include Shakespeare on my list! Man, I'd love to meet him probably more than anyone who's ever lived!

  5. Thanks for stopping by guys! I think this was one of my favourite lists on TTT so far, and surprisingly easy!

  6. I wish I'd thought about Roald Dahl! I love his books...so whimsical and funny!

  7. Authors are a quirky bunch of people, aren't they? I love that you included photos!

  8. Awesome list!! Douglas Adams... oh yeah!!! :)

  9. Thompson: hilarious! Yes, he'd be quite the wild ride. And I almost put Gaiman on my list too. And Vonnegut - great choice, and I would love to meet him too.
    Thanks for hopping by today: Glad to meet you!

  10. JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman made my list as well.

  11. Shakespeare! Ah, how could I forget him? I'm not sure I know who Warren Ellis is but the picture makes me want to look him up.

  12. JK Rowling for sure! I actually haven't read anything by Neal Gaiman....I know I'm a terrible person, hah! Great list.

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  13. I love your list. There is no overlap at all with mine, but all of them are people that it would be fantastic to meet: especially Hunter Thompson and Roald Dahl.

    Come visit me at The Scarlet Letter.

  14. Great list! Dahl and Vonnegut almost made it to my list - but I just haven't read as many books by them!

  15. Thanks for stopping by everyone!

    @Jenny, Warren Ellis mostly writes for graphic novels (Freakangels, Transmetropolitan) and he's absolutely amazing. I highly recommend him, his books are always hilarious and packed with energy.

    @Tara, don't feel too bad, I only got into him about a year or so ago so you can always catch up!

  16. You know what I'd REALLY like? All these people +Me at a dinner party together. Imagine the banter!

    My Top Ten and a SHAMEFUL memory



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