The topic this week is what question we would like to ask of our favorite authors.
I cannot tell you what a bookhound I am. I am , and always have been, an avid reader,and before that, a compulsive listener. (I drove my mother and aunt crazy making them read to me during my preschool years.) And ,“Hello, my name is Tonette and I’m a book-hoarder.” I am working on that one, really…albeit, slowly.
However, for the life of me, I am at a loss as to what I would ask any of the authors I have enjoyed.
The Hound already used one question I would maybe have asked,(although it was not to a book author): “Hey, William Shakespeare, what’s with all the different spellings of your name. Did you NOT write all the works attributed to you?”
Jeff also wanted to ask Orwell how he envisioned all that we would have; I could ask the same questions of H.G. Wells, but I never dwelt on it.
Not that I would not want to know many of my favorite writers of the past .H. W. Longfellow is a favorite, as is Robert Louis Stephenson, Stephen Vincent Benét and Agatha Christie, but I have no questions for them or others. I truly enjoy most of Leo Tolstoy‘s works and also those of Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway,( and others), but I am not even sure I’d like to have known them personally at all.
I find a number of current authors enjoyable and a few are a real hoot, but I only had questions for one, and I already asked her about them…to no avail.
The writer has published several series of books but one book left a lot loose ends at the end of it. I was late in coming to that series and had to search high and low for the second volume. The second book took another turn and concentrated on other characters. The third book, well, there was no third book .I contacted her and she apologized. She had expected it to be a trilogy and somehow, the contract fell through. I nagged her quite a bit about it and her assistant got in on it; and she even suggested that the now very famous author self-publish the finale of the series. I posted that I thought it was an excellent idea.I said to the assistant, “She’s going to shoot me, isn’t she?”. To which the assistant replied, “Yes, right after she shoots me!”
We let it drop until recently. The author put up a picture of Sherlock Holmes on her Facebook page a couple of weeks ago.(And I have no questions for Arthur Conan Doyle, either.) I commented, “Sherlock Holmes is searching for the third of the [G] books”. A few days later, the author put a list of FAQ’s on the page with mostly humorous answers. However, the question: “Are there going to be any more in the [G] series? “, her answer was a terse , “No.” So much for asking questions of our favorite authors.
How about you? (I am surprised that Jeff did not want to ask Norman Mailer what he wrote to my mother!) Did I bring up anyone whom you might like to question? Am I missing an obvious mark?
Please leave a response below. I’d love to see you here.