The usual disclaimer that my Top Ten lists are not in any particular order...
This week's list is: Top Ten Authors I Would Die to Meet
OK, for this one it is going to be more of a Top Twenty, with ten dead authors and ten living.
Top Ten Dead Authors I Would Die to Meet:
Jane Austen, for the obvious reasons that her books are magnificent and she has a great sense of humor.
J.R.R. Tolkien, because I love The Lord of the Rings and it would be fascinating to discuss history and mythology with him.
Alexandre Dumas, because he wrote The Count of Monte Cristo, one of my favorite books of all time.
William Shakespeare, author of Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Cymbeline, the Sonnets...
Baroness Emmuska Orczy, who wrote one of the greatest adventure romances of all time, The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Howard Pyle, author and illustrator of medieval tales involving Robin Hood, King Arthur and many knights in shining armor.
Robert Ludlum, because I want to know what he would think of the way Eric van Lustbader absolutely massacred his wonderful Bourne series.
Douglas Adams, because I know he would make me laugh.
Brian Jacques, because I think he was a really nice guy and I read his books over and over again when I was younger.
Eva Ibbotson, because her stories are so lovely.
Top Ten Living Authors I Would Die to Meet:
Lois McMaster Bujold, because she wrote two of my favorite series ever and I want to know how on earth she manages Miles Vorkosigan.
Sasha Soren, because if she is even half as much fun in person as she is online... :)
Maria V. Snyder, because she wrote the Study series and invented Valek for which I will love her forever.
Cassandra Clare, because I love her characters, her books and Jace.
Juliet Marillier, because she retold my favorite fairytale (The Wild Swans) in such a beautiful way with her book Daughter of the Forest.
All of the writers on AustenAuthors.net, particularly Abigail Reynolds, Marsha Altman, Vera Nazarian, and Mary Simonsen, all of whom are so lovely in their e-mails.
Lauren Willig, because she was the first author I interviewed and she was absolutely wonderful. Plus, her books are so much fun!
Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, because I would love to ask them more about their marvelous Letter Game.
Gillian Bradshaw, who writes the best historical fiction novels I have ever read.
Tamora Pierce, because she invented such an entertaining world and then sicced Aly Homewood on it.
Bother, If I hadn't run out of space I would have added L. Carroll of the frustrating cliffhangers, Cameron Dokey of the lovely fairytales, Elizabeth Chadwick who writes books about my grandparents and....well, a lot more.