Friday, March 14, 2014

Which Writers Would You Like To Be Friends With?

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (Blood of Kings trilogy), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

Over the past few years, I have become a fan of Brandon Sanderson. This might not be news to you. I "may" have spoken of his work here and there. I "may" have raved about his Writing Excuses podcast. You "may" have heard me say he's a brilliant storyteller. In fact, my agent caught me going on about Brandon Sanderson at a writers conference once and she accused me of having an author crush.

I didn't know there were such things. But when she put it that way, I could not refute it.

And it's all in good fun. I do have a great respect for Brandon Sanderson's storytelling abilities. I own many of his books. And if I had the opportunity, I would buy him a cup of coffee (or cocoa if he preferred) and thank him for hours of entertainment.

If I were to make a list of writers that I so admire I wish we were pals, Brandon would be at the top of that list.

Also on the list would be:

J.K. Rowling
Rick Riordan
Scott Westerfeld
L. M. Montgomery
Frank Peretti (Met him! And bought him lunch! See picture on right.)
C. S. Lewis
J. R. R. Tolkien
Meg Cabot
Andrew Peterson
John Grisham
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Jane Austen
Travis Thrasher
Louis Sachar
and Lloyd Alexander

That all, I think. Though I probably forgot someone. This is a list of authors whose work I greatly admire. Whose writing styles lead me to believe they are likable individuals. Who I'd like to buy a cup of coffee or cocoa and thank them for hours of entertainment. (And, yes, I realize some of these authors are no longer living. So I'll just have to chat them up in heaven someday.)

How about you? Which writers would you like to be friends with?

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  1. Cool! =) I think I used to have an author crush on Louis Sacher. Snatched up all his books away from my brother =P They're do great! =)
    Some authors on my list are...

    Louis Sacher
    Jill Williamson *winks*
    Stephanie Morrell
    C.S. Lewis
    Alexandre Dumas
    Julie Klassen
    Jerry B. Jenkins
    Tim LaHaye
    Janet and Geoff Benge

    I'm probably forgetting millions more, but, let's just say that there are some great authors out there that I really would like to meet! =)

    TW Wright
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    1. They're so great! Not, They're do great! =P

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    2. Julie Klassen would have been on my list, but I met her twice last year.

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  2. Oh my pumpernickel, such a hard question. I guess my list would be:
    -You, duh.
    -J.R.R. Tolkien
    -C.S. Lewis
    -Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    -Bryan Davis
    -Christopher Hopper
    -Wayne Thomas Batson
    -Andrew Peterson
    -Dianna Wynne Jones
    And several others, but those are the main ones.

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    1. I have been stalking Wayne Batson. Several times we've been in the same building and have never met. Someday. :-)

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    2. I think that my BFF may have met him before at a homeschool. She has all of her Door Within books signed. :)

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  3. John Green would have to be my number one!

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    1. That would be fun. I'm curious what he's like.

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    2. I'm hoping he would be like what I've seen on VlogBrothers and in interviews, but there's no way he can be that hyper all the time haha.

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  4. You've met Frank Peretti? Lucky!
    I would have to say
    C.S. Lewis
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    John Grisham
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    and Frank Peretti

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    1. I did! He randomly came to my little church in California one day with this college kid. They were acting partners. My husband and I took them out to lunch. The acting kid didn't know that his acting partner had written a ton of amazing books. LOL

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    2. That's funny, Mrs. Williamson!

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    3. That is funny :b wow, just randomly. I wish he'd accidentally break down in my town or something. Lol

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  5. Some of mine, in no particular order.
    Jill Williamson(technically, I've already met her, but it was a fleeting conversation. I got pictures, though. And a book of hers that I owned got signed)
    Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    Lloyd Alexander
    Wayne Thomas Batson
    D. Barkley Briggs(almost met him, but he never showed up because something happened and he slept in :P)
    Andrew Peterson
    Amanda L. Davis
    Bryan Davis
    Patrick W. Carr
    Bryan Jaques
    Kerry Nietz
    Those are just some. Would be awesome to meet them! :)
    -Ryebrynn

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    1. Did I sign your arm? Just wondering. I signed someone's arm... LOL
      I met Amanda Davis! She got a copy of Replication. And I'd love to spend some time with Kerry Nietz and Pat Carr. They are online friends of mine. I've never met Kerry, and Pat and I have been at ACFW but not had a chance to talk much.

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    2. No, you didn't sign my arm. Signed my book though, but I already mentioned that. I think you signed my brother's book, too.
      Awesome!

      -Ryebrynn

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    3. And my brother is Jake Buller.

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  6. Stephanie Morrill, John Green, and Ester Grace Earl.

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  7. Authors? I'd have to say Patrick Ness, Jerry Spinelli, Elizabeth Eulberg, Margaret Atwood, John Green, and Shannon Hale. But I'm more literary agent obsessed; if I could, I'd want to be friends with Donald Maass. He's my dream agent and is so knowledgeable.

    And I'd love to meet you and Stephanie! That'd be Uh-MAZING.

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    1. I'd like to meet Donald Maass. And Shannon Hale. And Anastasia Elizabeth too. ;-)

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  8. Brandon Sanderson, J.K. Rowling, Andrew Klavan, and Rick Riordan.

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    1. Ooh, I'd put Andrew on my list. Katie, you and I should stalk these four together. Save time that way. Team effort, and all. :-)

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  9. I would love to meet Jill and Steph in person. :)
    Brian Davis
    Frank Peretti (Lucky Jill)
    Julie Klassen
    Donita Paul
    C.S. Lewis
    Elisabeth Speare
    just to name a few.

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    1. Julie Klassen was on my list for a long time! I finally met her at a conference (she's tall and blond, so quite easy to spot), told her how much I loved her books, and asked her if she would sign them for me. She's surprisingly easy to talk to. We chatted for about 30 minutes (I asked lots of dorky writing questions) and then she sat with me at lunch. Excellent, excellent lady.

      Donita K. Paul would be similar, I think. She's extremely modest and kind hearted. I've met Bryan Davis as well (early in the Dragons In Our Midst) years and he was also very kind.

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    2. Lucky. :)

      I forgot Lisa T. Bergren. She and Donita Paul live only around fifteen minutes from me. I have to meet them soon. :)

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    3. Brooke that is so funny because both of these authors live in my town as well :).

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    4. I'd love to meet Donita and Lisa. Been online acquaintances for years, but never met. And I got to have lunch with Julie Klassen last year in Oregon. I told her to read Shades of Milk and Honey (Regency fantasy) and begged her to give me her list of Recency resources for my own Regency fantasy novel. And she did! Now, if I could only find time to write it...

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  10. I adore that picture of you and Frank! You look equally thrilled to be meeting each other :)

    The first writer who comes to mind for me is Sarah Dessen. I absolutely adore her. And our daughters could go play together :)

    Amy Sherman-Palladino was the creator and head writer of Gilmore Girls. I've always thought she would be amazing to meet. Back when I wanted to write for TV, I queried her (I'm sure that's NOT how it's done, but I was ignorant) and she wrote me the nicest no on Gilmore Girls stationary. It's the only rejection I've ever saved. (And framed. I'm a dork.)

    J. K. Rowling would be amazing. I would love to talk to her, Stephenie Meyer, and Suzanne Collins about the pressures involved in having crazy bestsellers like that.

    Stephanie Perkins writes quirky YA books that I love, so that would be fun. Same with Meg Cabot. I loved The Princess Diaries.

    Nothing could quite beat tea with Jane Austen, though :)

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    1. He was such a good sport. He got his picture taken with the every conferee that year, I think.

      I love that you framed that rejection! How fun.

      Yes, I'd like to have tea with Jane. Tell her about the computer and see what she'd think.

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  11. J. R. R. Tolkien, Suzanne Collins, Sir Martin Gilbert, G.K. Chesterton, James Herriot, and Louis L'Amour. Oh, and John Grisham. That's my friend group, y'all.

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    1. Nice list. John Grisham was my one and only for years. (Before I stared reading YA and fantasy.) I hear such great things about him too.

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  12. I have a feeling C.S. Lewis and I would get along rather well. The other authors I would love to be friends with include:
    J.K. Rowling
    John Flanagan
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Brandon Sanderson
    Lisa T Bergren
    Rick Riordan

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  13. Veronica Roth, definitely!

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  14. Veronica Roth, C.S.Lewis, L.M.Montgomery, J.R.R.Tolkien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins... maybe more, but I couldn't come up with any more at the moment.

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  15. J.R.R. Tolkien
    C.S. Lewis
    Martha Finley
    Gilbert Morris
    Brock Eastman
    Wayne Thomas Batson

    I am sure that there are others! But, that is my friends list (for now)

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    1. Woah, I've sort of met Brock Eastman! My dad works with him and actually illustrated a few of his books!

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    2. That is so neat!

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  16. My list would be...
    Christopher Paolini
    Cassandra Clare
    Jill Williamson
    Suzanne Collins
    Veronica Roth (I'd probably cry, and then buy her coffee)
    Melanie Dickerson
    Louis Lamour
    The dude who wrote Hank the Cowdog...
    C.S. Lewis
    Jennifer L. Holm
    And that's all I can think of right now XP

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  17. In no particular order.
    Travis Thrasher
    Frank Peretti
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    SE. Hinton
    Jenny B Jones
    Jr. Tolkien
    Christopher Paolini
    Sigmund Brouwer
    G.P Taylor
    Lemony Snicket
    Jill Williamson
    Neil Gaiman


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    1. Jenny! She is lots of fun. You will laugh. Ooh, I'd like to meet Neil Gaiman. That would be interesting.

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    2. You met her, your so lucky. I also think it would be so much fun to meet you. I could talk about your Blood of Kings series for hours. Even my dad read them and enjoyed them almost as much as me.

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    3. Lemony Snicket's on my list as well. I think he's fantastic.

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    4. I know his writing is so unique. He's one of the writers I aspire to be like.

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    5. Thanks, Skye! You made me smile. :-D

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  18. Beverly Lewis, Robin Jones Gunn, Janette Oke and Lynn Austin. :)

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    1. Robin Jones Gunn was at my very first book signing. It was a multi-author signing. So the rest of us tried to steal her long line of fans. But Robin was so kind and fun. She's a great speaker too.

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  19. Um.. Ted Dekker, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, James Dashner, Brandon Sanderson, Demitria Lunetta, Morgan Rhodes, Travis Thrasher, Christopher Paolini. There are so many I'd love to be friends with! :D

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  20. Well, here we go (no particular order):

    Lois Walfrid Johnson
    Jennifer Erin Valent
    Stephanie Morrill
    Julie Klassen
    Karen Witemeyer
    Jen Turano
    Regina Jennings
    Melanie Dickerson
    Laura Frantz
    Anne Mateer
    Anne Elisabeth Stengl

    And that's just a start. :)

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  21. Wow. Tough question. I just read my first book by Brandon Sanders (Steeheart) and boy was it ever good! Are his other books equally clean or no?
    I'd put you and Stephanie on my list but I have pictures of me eating lunch with you two already. But I wouldn't mind a repeat, so you can stay! Who else?

    Suzanne Collins (not so much because I love her writing but I'd love to hear her thoughts on why her books make people think.)
    Randy Alcorn
    John Flanagan
    C.S. Lewis
    Chuck Black (Didn't have lunch but got to talk to him for a long time at a conference. He and his family are super nice!)
    Elizabeth George Speare
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Tom Davis (That would be one intense lunch...)
    Rachel Starr Thomson
    Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    Dandi Daley Mackall
    Margaret Peterson Haddix

    And probably more...

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    1. I would say his other books are equally clean, but I haven't read Elantris, Warbreaker, or The Emperor's Soul. As a caution, the writing in his other books is a little less tight than in Steelheart. But they are no less awesome.

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  22. I've been mulling this question over in my mind all day! Here's my list:

    -Corrie Ten Boom
    -C.S. Lewis
    -Leo Tolstoy
    -Charles Dickens
    -Roseanna White
    -Elizabeth George Speare

    I love to also think about which characters from books I would like to spend time with. If the characters are so relatable and well-developed that I start placing myself inside the book--wondering what they would think about me, how I would interact with them, etc.--I know the author has created people, not just characters.


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  23. Brandon Sanderson. Yes.
    C.S. Lewis
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Corrie Ten Boom
    Charles Dickens
    Jody Hedlund
    J.K. Rowling
    Lemony Snicket (I forgot his real name. Daniel something?)
    Gail Carson Levine
    Patricia C. Wrede
    Jessica Day George
    Louisa May Alcott
    Lloyd Alexander
    Trenton Lee Stewart
    Jane Austen
    Marissa Meyer

    And I think that's about it. Probably a few more....

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    1. Woops! I'd love to meet you and Stephanie as well. Forgot to put you on my list. :)

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  24. Well...since I've done reports on both Lewis and Tolkien (GO INKLINGS!!!) I know those two the best (like, I feel as though I've met them). Lewis was an evangelical I think, Tolkien was Roman Catholic, so on religion stand points, I'd go with Lewis. Although, I feel as though I'm more like Tolkien when it comes to life and writing, so....
    But, MAN I'd love to meet Rowling! So many writers questions I would ask...
    Also on my list would be:
    Robert Liparulo (have two autographs, but never met him in person! agh!!!)
    Andrew Klavan
    Evan Angler
    JK Rowling
    JRR Tolkien
    CS Lewis

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  25. Hmmm.......
    Stephanie Morrill
    Jill Williamson
    Veronica Roth
    Suzanne Collins
    Lisa T Bergen
    Sigmund Brouwer (I met him! He signed my book!)
    Donita K Paul
    Frank Peretti
    Stephen Lawhead

    Truthfully, I would die just to meet any author in general. Every time I meet one in a book store, I completely flip out. I have to remind myself that they're human too!! XD

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  26. Hmmm let's see:
    Gail Carson Levine
    Donita K. Paul
    Wendy Mass
    Allie Condie
    J.K. Rowling
    C.S. Lewis
    Christopher Paolini
    Eoin Colfer
    Angie Sage

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  27. Hmmm,
    Sarah Dessen
    Jill Williamson
    Stephanie Morril
    Jodi Picoult
    Angie Sage
    Chanda Hahn, and many more!

    They all seem so knowledgeable and I would want to see if they are anything like the characters they write about!!

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  28. Nancy Rue and Krista McGee. They write amazing YA books.

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  29. Oh my goodness, I love Frank Peretti! He would totally be on my list. As well as Francine Rivers, and L. M. Montgomery.

    Rebecca

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  30. Angie Sage. Angie Sage Angie Sage Angie Sage. She is such a good writer!!! I love her way of storytelling and her characters.

    And then I think I'd like to meet Cornelia Funke, Meg Rosoff, Mary E Pearson, Nina Blazon, J.K. Rowling, ...

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  31. I am soooo happy to see Andrew Peterson on your list! So few people have heard of him yet his books are amazing! And he's a Tolkien/Lewis fan too :) His music is also very good.

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  32. I have an author I like to read who is not very well known, Michael Scott. I also like to read books by Karen Traviss

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  33. Pretty much any author would be fun to talk to just to learn...even the ones I don't like. I haven't read any of your books, so I can't put you on my list :) most of my faves, are dead, and even though I like certain authors books, I'm not sure they themselves would be at the top of my list just because of what I've read of them and they don't seem to have much in common. But for the favorites!

    Katherine Paterson
    Sir Walter Scott
    R. M. Ballintyne
    G. A. Henty
    Martha Finley
    L. M. Alcott
    Judy Baer
    Frank Peretti
    Robert Stevenson
    Elizabeth George Speare

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  34. I got to meet Bryan Davis last year! And my list of other authors would probably be ...

    Jill Williamson
    Stephanie Morril
    Shannon Dittemore
    Krista McGee

    And I think Suzanne Collins would be cool to meet, too.

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  35. Jessica Day George, Shannon Hale, and Cornelia Funke. Their stories have helped me with my writing and shown me what it is about writing that I love.

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  36. Marissa Meyer, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, Frank L. Baum and Patricia C. Wrede (Dealing With Dragons), and Bryan Davis, just because his Echoes from the Edge series was sooooo good...

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  37. Stephen King
    Nora Roberts
    Janelle Taylor
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    to name a few...

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  38. Oh that's hard! My list would probably be:
    Suzanne Collins
    Jill Williamson (hi!)
    Stephanie Morrill
    Frank Perritti
    Angie Sage
    Brandon Sanderson
    Bryan Davis
    Eoin Colfer...
    Jane Austen
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    I could probably go on for a while, but those are some off of the top of my head. Cool post!


    Alexa Skrywer
    alexaskrywer.blogspot.com

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