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|
|Diana Wynne Jones|