This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) reflects on the authors we’ve met or would like to meet.
Authors I’ve Met:
- Garrison Keillor. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Garrison Keillor twice and each time has been a pleasure. I attended a concert Keillor gave at Wolf Trap and sent a couple of my books backstage to see if he’d sign them. After the show, a small group gathered by the stage door to retrieve our signed items and Keillor delivered them himself, taking a few minutes per person to engage us in conversation. Years later, a good friend and I attended a reading at the Nashville library by Keillor and I got to talk to him again. Just like the first time, Keillor took time with each of us to engage in conversation.
- Phillip Gulley. Gulley came for a reading at our local library and then signed books after the event. Like Keillor, Gulley took the time to engage in conversation with the people in line and not rush anyone aside to get to the next person.
- Peter David. I used to read every Star Trek tie-in novel that came out and Peter David’s were among the ones I looked forward to most. I’ve fallen behind on my Trek novels in the past several years, but I still go out of my way get the ones written by David. I met David at the only DragonCon I’ve attended. He signed a couple of my first edition favorite Trek novels, including Q-Squared.
- Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey. I’ve been to multiple book signings by the “two sexiest fat men alive.” I think I’ve got a full set of signed books by the duo.
- Ray Stevens. One of my favorite entertainers, I’ve wanted to see him in concert since I bought my first album on vinyl by him years ago. And while I haven’t ever seen him in concert, he did write a memoir. So, I met him there, bought an autographed copy and listened to him talk about his history with the Nashville music scene for an hour.
- J.P. Bauman. I spent several evenings working at the Tennesee State Fair last summer and Bauman’s booth was the one next to mine. Got a chance to meet him, hear his stories about writing and the chance to buy several autographed copies of his books.
Authors I’d Like To Meet: For all of these, part of why I’d like to meet them is to thank them for the hours of enjoyments I’ve had reading their works.
- Stephen King. He’s one of my favorite writers and has been since I picked up Firestarter many years ago. Cujo still scares me to death and there are few writers who can craft a visual image like King can.
Terrance Dicks. Dicks adapted a lot of classic Doctor Who serials for print and I read just about all of them, probably multiple times. This is kind of two-fer for me because he not only adapted Who for the printed page, but he was script-editor for five years. A chance to meet him would be great.
- Elizabeth George. I love her mysteries and would love an opportunity to meet her in person.
- John Scalzi. Looking at some of the YouTube videos of his readings, I bet it would be a hoot and a half to meet Scalzi and hear him read from one of his books.