To Question or Not To Question; that is the Question

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.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to To Question or Not To Question; that is the Question

  1. Iris B says:

    I do sometimes envy you guys to be at the end of the week …
    so many great choices … Agatha Christie of course, Oscar Wilde “The Importance of Being Earnest”, one of my favourite, thinking about it, I’d have a few questions for Helene Hanff.
    AND …. Theodore Fontane … I’d love to ask him whether all those things I was told about his story were really what he’d been thinking of when he wrote Effie Briest – or has it been societies interpretation. I sweated two hours writing this essay in year 10 about the meanings of about every little fiddly thing in that book.
    I do love the story though 😉


    • You never know,Iris.The only book I can ever find of Tolstoy’s in any library is Anna Karenina, and that is the worst thing he ever wrote…even he knew that.He wrote it as a serial for a magazine and threw most of it out.Only because they were so poor at the time, his daughter would take them out of the trash pile and send them to the publisher! I put off reading a number of his books, thinking they would always be around…no such luck.


  2. Sharmishtha says:

    when i read a book questions start to bubble inside my head, so many questions! about the characters, about the places…


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Ha. I’ll leave it to YOU to find out Norman Mailer’s secret corres with your mom.
    Of your list, I would like to ask Dame Agatha Christie if she actually thought she could ‘disappear’ when she faked her death in that automobile crash and hid out for a week. Or was it all just an experiment? Some people say she suffered a nervous breakdown and was dangerously close to suicide. Others say it was purely a publicity stunt. Most people think it’s somewhere in between.


    • I don’t think Agatha Christie needed a publicity stunt. I know she often felt backed into a corner by her fame and her characters, which is why she invented a mystery writer character that hated her own most famous character,(an obvious take on Hercule Poirot). She ran through several husbands and went out to digs with the one who was an archaeologist and enjoyed being out of society. I don’t know if she was suicidal, but I think she was feeling desperate at the time of the “accident”. I , personally,would not ask her.
      We’ll never know about Norman,Jeff.One more of life’s mysteries….


  4. pjharjo says:

    I am at a loss to any question of anyone, just like you, Tonette. 🙂


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