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I have mentioned before that sometimes I have read the first book of an author and was not impressed, but then I read a second book in the series, sometimes at the urging of a friend, and realized that I did like the author’s stories very much. I then continued on and read all their work.
Sometimes I have liked the author, but not all of their books. That is fine.
I have been thinking about what makes a writer a favorite author.
Recipe for Books by a Favorite AuthorAs you all may guess I have tons of favorite authors. I keep lists of those whose new books I am waiting for. I praise them here, often. I realize that authors on my list have written in more than one genre.
One cup of authentic thoughts to share
One and ½ cups of great descriptions
Two cups of memorable characters
Two sticks of careful plotting
A package of inspiration
One cup of good dialogue
One cup of research well done
½ cup of careful crafting of words
6 TB of humor
2 TB of understanding the human condition
Fold in progressive ideas
Beat until the writing is smooth
Bake until all revisions come out clean
I will choose only ten of my most favorite for each genre, but it will be hard to stop with ten. This list should leave you with hundreds of favorite authors of your own to mention below.
C. J. Box
Sharon Kay Penman
(I moved Pratchett to humor)
C. J. Cherryh
J. R. R. Tolkien
Michelle West aka Michelle Sagara
Guy Gavriel Kay
Children’s and YA stories
A. A. Milne
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Robert Louis Stevenson
Lucy Maud Montgomery
J. K. Rowling
Frances Hodgson Burnett
S. E. Hinton
Stephen Vincent Benét
Arthur C. Clarke
Edgar Allan Poe
Louisa May Alcott
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, True Adventure
William Least-Heat Moon
Patrick F. McManus
P. G. Wodehouse
Somerville and Ross
George Bernard Shaw
John Millington Synge
Federico García Lorca
Rainer Maria Rilke
John Howard Griffin
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Robert Fuller says:NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early
Chapter 4 of my novel "The Rowan Tree" has now been posted online.
I welcome reviews - especially on Goodreads and personal blogs. I'm also thinking of rewriting the book's description to include the theme of struggling to define and reach manhood in the post 60s era of equality.
I know there is going to be a revolt for not including “all of the above” in the poll, but I am hoping you will still vote for the one you like best.