If I could choose any author, living or dead, it would have to be (in no particular order):
-Lavryl Spencer, so I could thank her for inspiring and timeless stories
-Louisa May Alcott: I checked out her biography from my 4th-5th-6th grade library so many times, I think my name was the only one on both sides of the card. Plus, she gave us Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys, Eight Cousins, and my other fave, An Old Fashioned Girl.
-Anny Cook: I ‘met’ Anny through her blog back in 2007, when I began exploring the e-book concept, trying to wrap my head around this new concept. She, along with other EC authors, encouraged me to change my writing style, and bump my heat level up a bit. After writing Teacher’s Pet, I shared a few snippets, and Anny was always there with an encouraging word.
-Cindy Spencer Pape: She introduced me to dragons, fairies, and steam punk:) I had the chance to meet her in 2012, at RT Chicago, but spent a little too much time at Bronwyn Green’s table, and Cindy had to get upstairs to a panel. She and I became grandparents around the same time, and since I own nearly all of her books also, I think we’d get along quite well.
-Judy Blume: I was introduced to her stories in either the 6th or 7th grade, and was immediately hooked!
-Rosamund Du Jardin and Anne Emery: Probably the 1st series books I read, intrigued by characters who went from HS to college, and their love lives.
-Laura Ingalls Wilder: After devouring her books from 2nd or 3rd grade on, and being a lover of the Little House TV show, I decided to do something similar, and Arbor U was born. I wanted to be the ‘LIW of the 80’s’, ha ha….
-Helen Wells and Carolyn Keene: I loved all the Cherry Ames, Vicki Barr, and Dana Girls mysteries, as well as Nancy Drew.
-Amy Sherman-Palladino: I love many of the TV shows she’s written: Gilmore Girls, Bunheads, and more recently, The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel.
-George Lucas: Want to thank him for writing Star Wars.
-Gene Roddenberry: Likewise, for creating Star Trek.
-William Shakespeare: Honestly, who doesn’t want to know what REALLY went on in Elizabeth 1’s court????
-Shaun Cassidy: The only TV show he’s written that I loved was Roar, starring a very young Heath Ledger. I’d love to pair him with Amy, so he could have a hit show! Besides, he was also my 1st music crush, so hey, songwriting counts, right?
There’s probably several others I’ve left out, but these are the ones who immediately came to mind. I’ve met Kelly Kirch, Bronwyn Green, Brynn Paulin, Jean Joachim, Sandy Sullivan, and other former SCP authors, so they would be invited to the party also. I might even invite a certain author from the other side of the world who was an early mentor, but somehow over the course of two or three years, I found her to be quite toxic. I might tell her the wrong time to show up, and blame it on the time change if she shows up an hour before it’s over.
How about you? Are there any authors you’d like to meet? Am I on the list? (Just kidding!)