Since last week’s top ten was authors that I’d like to meet, I thought for this week I’d do authors that I have met. In no particular order:
1. Dean Koontz
My favorite time-travel novel is his book Lightning. When I met him, I asked him how he kept all the time jumps straight, since the characters overlapped each other at various times. His answer was “Lots of aspirin.”
2. Terry Pratchett
I LOVED his talk. He was just as funny in person as he is in print. He started his talk by saying “Well, I don’t like to do readings, because I think they’re pretentious, so let’s just have a little chat, shall we?” You could see the employees of the store sponsoring the signing quaking in their boots!
3. Brian Jacques
Didn’t really get to talk to him, because the signing was in a theater in my town. He gave a talk first and then there was a huge line to meet him. And he was having trouble with his wrist, so he only signed one book per person. That’s okay, the little bit I did interact with him, he was friendly.
4. David Weber
I’d barely read any of his books when I met him this past Memorial Day weekend at BayCon. But I have to say, he and his wife are among the friendliest, most approachable people I’ve met at a con.
5. Terry Brooks
I met him on his tour for, of all things, the novelization of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In person, he looks like a small Irish leprechaun, and I mean that in a good way! He had lots of interesting things to say about the writing process.
6. Kevin Hearne
I just met him last year, and he was a blast to talk to. He’s funny and friendly and truly loves interacting with fans of his books. I hope to see him again sometime!
7. Katherine Longshore
This is a local author who writes young adult Tudor historical fiction. She’s the bomb at research and has lots of cool stories to tell about stuff she’s done during the course of writing the books and the neat things she found out.
8. Orson Scott Card
It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around how much I dislike his personal politics, because when I met him, he was so kind and encouraging to me as a young writer. I got to chat with him a bit before the signing, and he was just so nice. I still have the writing book that he personalized to “a fellow Taleswapper”.
9. David Gerrold
Sci-fi novelist, but probably best known for writing the script for “The Trouble with Tribbles”, a beloved episode of the classic Star Trek series. I actually did an interview with him, and wow, he’s incredible to listen to.
10. Kim Stanley Robinson
Another sci-fi writer who lives in my town. This man’s brain is so far beyond anybody else that it’s overwhelming. He’s actually the NASA consultant on Mars terraforming! I interviewed him too, and when I found out that he reads my reviews, I kind of squee’d.