Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Visit to Remember

Patricia Davids here. I hope you are enjoying the hot, hot days of summer. I've been dreaming of cooler weather and beautiful fall leaves. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

A dear friend of mine who is also a writer is off on a vacation with her father. They have traveled to Connecticut where she was able to visit the home of Mark Twain and actually spend time writing in his library. What a wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to hear all about it when they come home.

 

Her trip got me to thinking about what writer, past or present, I would enjoy visiting with in their home. 

I've been blessed to meet some of the wonderfully talented writers I admire at conventions hosted by the Romance Writers of America, Romantic Times and the American Christian Fiction Writers. I've spent time with many of the Love Inspired authors whose work you enjoy, but if I could pick only one to hang out with who would it be?

To pick one author out of a lifetime of books I have enjoyed is an impossible task so I shall pick three. 

I would love to spend time with Sir Walter Scott. No book has touched my imagination the way Ivanhoe did. 

LaVyrle Spencer would be my second choice. Her book Morning Glory took hold of my heart and never let go. 

Lastly, I would love to spend time with western writer Louis L'Amour. Thanks to Louis cowboys will always be my favorite heroes.

What about you? What writer would you love to meet and why? If you can't choose one, tell me about all of them.




28 comments:

  1. I would love to have tea with Jane Austen. We could chat about the obstacles (social and otherwise) that she faced as a writer. No doubt she would marvel at the opportunities available to us today.

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    1. I almost chose her. What a fun tea that would be.

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  2. I visited the home of Sir Walter Scott. The library was fabulous. I would love to meet Agatha Christie. What an interesting life she lived.

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    1. I am so envious. Would love to see his home. Agatha Christie. Good choice. She could teach us a thing or two.

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  3. I most would want to spend the day with James Herriot. I re-read his books often and would love to traipse beside him. I'd also like to share breakfast with Laura Ingalls Wilder and thank her for all the hours of reading pleasure she gave me during my elementary years. Too many authors are vying for the third place position. Maybe Dean Koontz or Stephen King.

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    1. Stephen King for sure. I too love James Herriot.

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  4. I would love to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder because her books fostered a lifetime love of reading for me. My daughter and I share a love of reading and a love of the Little House books, so of course I would like to have my daughter with me to visit Laura!

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    1. My daughter came with me one year to the RWA convention and was overjoyed to meet several of her favorite authors at the book signing. It was more fun watching her than anything else.

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  5. I'm excited to meet other LI and HQN authors at RWA! I'd also love to chat with Alice Munro, Debbie Macomber, Ruth Doan MacDougall and JK Rowling -- there's too many to choose from

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    1. RWA is a wonderful way to meet authors we admire. I met Debbie Macomber there and I bumped into Nora Roberts, literally, on the dance floor at the Harlequin party. I was starstruck.

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  6. An interesting question to ponder, Patricia! I have always wished I could meet Madeleine L'Engle and C.S. Lewis, authors and spiritually insightful people I have long admired.

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    1. I haven't heard of Madeleine L'Engle. What does she write? I must look her up.

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    2. You haven't read A Wrinkle in Time? It's a classic--and they're about to make it into a movie! Plus she has written many other novels and also inspirational books.

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  7. My choice would be C.S. Lewis. I remember the year I got the boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I turned the armchair so I was facing the window and ignored everyone while I binge-read the whole thing.

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    1. What a cute story. I was like that with the Trixie Beldon books.

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  8. This is really hard. There are so many great authors that I admire so much. Jane Austen would definitely be at the top of my list. I think I would also want to meet David Eddings. he got me hooked on fantasy as a teenager. I still have the Belgariad series.

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    1. Andre Norton got me hooked on Sci-Fi fantasy books as a teenager. Loved space travel and time travel books back then.

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  9. I would love to pick Louis L'Amour brain but to get to talk to Laura Ingles Wilder would be amazing. I love her Little House On the Prairie books. The suspense writer in me would love to spend time with Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.

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  10. I was privileged and blessed to experience a short correspondence with Louis L'Amour, but I never met him in person. That would have been amazing. What fun it would be to meet with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and so many others. On the other hand, I already know so many amazing authors that asking for more would be sheer selfishness.

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  11. I've met mine at American Christian Fiction Conferences. Lenora Worth - she's always to so gracious, encouraging, and sweet. And Denise Hunter - she's very shy, but sweet. I'd like to be able to spin a tale like either one of them some day.

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    1. Shannon, that is so kind. Brought tears to my eyes. You are pretty amazing yourself!

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  12. I don't think I've met Denise Hunter, but Lenora Worth is a dear and talented author. I'm pleased to call her a friend even though I only see her every other year or so at RWA.

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    1. Well, you are sweet to say that. I'm thinking of chocolate martinis right now. I'd love to meet Mark Twain and Margaret Mitchell, I think. But then, I have all of you to chat with and love! Great post, my friend.

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  13. I'm with Myra. I'd love to have had the chance to schmooze with Madeleine L'Engle. I've got my fingers crossed that the new "A Wrinkle in Time" movie next year will be worthy of the book. She taught me -- even when I was 12 years old -- that prose can be as beautiful as poetry.
    I did get to meet another author whose books I've adored for years -- Elizabeth Peters. I met her at an ABA (now BEA) almost 30 years ago. I did manage to get past being tongue-tied to chat with her a bit.

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    1. I am a huge Elizabeth Peters fan. Never read a dull book by her. I'm going to have to read some of Madeleine L'Engle's works. Once I get my current work in progress finished. Deadline looming. Sigh.

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    2. Really looking forward to the movie, Jo Ann! Yes, hoping it does the book justice.

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  14. I would love to have spent time with Martha Finley. What an amazing Christian she must have been. Another would be Grace Livingston Hill.

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  15. I would love to spend time with Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Jane Austen, I also would like Gene Rodenberry, C;S. Lewis and Sir Arthur Doyle as they are may adventure reads. I had a hard time as I like and enjoy many authors . Grace Livingston Hill is in my top 10 as is Dwight D Moody and frank Perretti.

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