Hanging Out with Authors

November 11th, 2008 • Kate

Josie’s too modest to mention it on her blog (or just hasn’t gotten to it yet), but she recently got to hang out with YA superstar Meg Cabot! And while I’m here in NYC, I’ve been hanging out with my own superstar authors Maureen Johnson and Matthew Cody. So as I head into my last meeting with an editor for the day, I’m curious: what one currently living author would you want to meet for a drink, meal, or other commonly accepted social activity? Tell me who’s on your wish list, and what would you do?
I’d grab lunch with The Year My Sister Got Lucky author Aimee Friedman — oh wait, I just did!

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8 Responses to “Hanging Out with Authors”

  1. Trish Doller Says:

    Definitely MJ. And Claudia. But the top of my wish list would go to Neil Gaiman.

  2. Julia Says:

    There are too many to list… but, if I had to choose one – it would be (oh, I so want to say JK Rowling, but…I'm going to say) Terry Pratchett. To chat with him over a decaf soy latte and talk metaphysics would be heavenly. I am so in love with his writing!

  3. JenFW Says:

    Today, I would choose Chris Baty, author of No Plot? No Problem! and The Deranged Brain behind NaNoWriMo.
    We'd hike up a mountain because the best conversations are had while hiking, and then we'd go out for milkshakes when we came down.
    Then I might call Meg Cabot and see if she wanted to do the same thing tomorrow.

  4. Jeanie W Says:

    I'd love to chat with Nancy Farmer, author of HOUSE OF THE SCORPION and THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM. I'd also love to meet JK Rowling. I saw Neil Gaiman speak at the National Book Festival. He was a very interesting speaker. I'd love to sit and have a cup of tea with him too.

  5. jeanoram Says:

    I've been thinking about this one. It's tough. I'd pretty much talk to any published writer because everyone has an interesting story and their own advice and perspective on things. I did get to ask Michael Ondaatje a writing question once. That was cool. He's a nice guy. Maybe I'd take him out for lunch and have him recite 'Cinnamon Peeler's Wife' over and over to me and I could sip on my drink and sigh and swoon.

  6. jeanoram Says:

    I've been thinking about this one. It's tough. I'd pretty much talk to any published writer because everyone has an interesting story and their own advice and perspective on things. I did get to ask Michael Ondaatje a writing question once. That was cool. He's a nice guy. Maybe I'd take him out for lunch and have him recite 'Cinnamon Peeler's Wife' over and over to me and I could sip on my drink and sigh and swoon.

  7. jeanoram Says:

    Oops. Sorry. In my usual browser impatience, I managed to post twice.

  8. Joe Iriarte Says:

    Most science fiction writers are pretty accessible. By going to cons and signings, I've had the pleasure of meeting most of my favorites, and actually having some quality interaction beyond "Would you sign my book?" I've actually been lucky enough to share a meal or a beer with several.
    One writer I love who does seem to keep to himself, as far as I can tell, is Stephen King. If I could hang out with him and manage not to squee all over myself, he'd be my choice.