Rey likes to post when The Boss isn’t available, but she’s [happily] on volunteer duty this weekend. Linda’s flying to the Mainland for three days “just because” (she’s been wanting a break for a while now, so let her have some fun). As such, you’ve got me: JJ.
Rey’s right. It’s not always that easy coming up with an idea for a post. I really had to wrack my brain and then—hurrah!—it came.
If we—Rey, Linda, and myself—could invite three authors to dinner, who would we invite? Here you have it, beginning with campy Cousin Reynalda.
Rey: I’m not much of a reader, as you may know, but of the few books I’ve read, these three authors would be very welcome at my dinner table:
Nora Roberts: Who doesn’t enjoy a good romance? I like how she began—homebound with the kids during a blizzard. She just started writing a story and, yup, a star was born—well, not right away. There were rejections. I applaud the perseverance. As a former (now occasional) actress, I know all about rejection. It’s tough. But it makes you strong. And determined.
Danielle Steele: Her characters are memorable; you get pulled into the storylines, struggles and traumas. She’s sold 650 million books worldwide, which is impressive, but I really admire that she founded, and governs, two worthy foundations. The Nick Traina Foundation (in honor of her son) funds organizations involved in mental illness, child abuse, and suicide prevention. A second foundation, helps the homeless. How awesome is that?
Janet Evanovich: She’s what I’d love to be if I were an author: talented, creative, and productive. Not only does she write various mystery series—regularly—she pens romances, too (in fact, that’s where she originally started). The actress in me would love to get firsthand advice on character and story development.
Linda: While I enjoy contemporary fiction, I tend to lean more toward the classics.
Jules Gabriel Verne: Multi-talented as a novelist, poet and playwright, Verne was also one of the first sci-fi writers . . . as well as the father of steampunk. His personal life was equally fascinating (do check him out). My favorite book would have to be The Mysterious Island. I saw the movie a few times when I was a kid and it captivated my interest and imagination. No question, Verne would be a intriguing gent to break bread with.
Jane Austen: She seemed an iron-willed, dynamic woman, one not opposed to speaking her mind re British aristocracy—or, perhaps I should say, remarking upon it through compelling characters. It’s unfortunate there’s so little information about her and that only a few of her letters still exist (I understand she had quite the “acid” tongue).
Agatha Christie: Who doesn’t love a good mystery? And this woman penned some of the best! I’m not sure who I liked more: Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Who wouldn’t want to share a sherry over syllabub with the “Queen of Crime”?
JJ: Like Linda, I’m more inclined to stick to the classics or “masters”.
Wm Shakespeare: The Bard caught my attention in high school, when we had to memorize soliloquies from Hamlet. I’ve been hooked since and every now and again, I make sure to pick up some sonnets or a play, or whatever tickles my “Shakespearean” fancy. His life and that period in history are enthralling; I have no doubt he’d be a captivating individual to chat with over ale and mutton.
Ernest Hemingway: His life, travels, journalism, and Red Cross adventures make for riveting tales. Although his writing leans toward sparse, it’s as descriptive as it can get—when you read a Hemingway book, you’re effectively transported in time and place.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: I suppose I’m drawn to globetrotting Fitzgerald because of the years during which he wrote—the earlier 20th-century, the Jazz Age. Romantic times. Scary times. . . . Tragic times. And here’s a bit of trivia I only recently learned: he was named after another famous American, a distant cousin who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner.
And who might you invite . . . ?