If you could invite three favorite writers to dinner, who would you invite and enjoy chatting with?
I’d invite Frank Tuttle, Mark Twain and Patricia Briggs. Twain was an interesting fellow while he was alive; I think he’d make a fabulous ghost! Can you imagine the conversation? I wouldn’t expect him to bring a dish though. Egads. I don’t know what ghosts eat, but given where they come from, I just think it would be better for all involved if he left the samples…at home.
We’d need Frank Tuttle (kobobooks)in the mix because he’s used to dealing with ghosts. He’s written a number of ghost stories and a fabulous one about a banshee too. (I’m not inviting the banshee, Frank, no matter how well behaved she is. The neighbors already think I’m weird; I don’t need to add to the rumor mill.)
Patricia Briggs (Kobobooks) has been a favorite author ever since I discovered “When Demons Walk” all those years ago when I was just out of college. The woman can *write.* I swear I’d read her grocery lists and possibly plagiarize them for the meal. Let’s hope if that happens that she can cook as well as write.
I know the question said I could only invite three authors, but I’d really like to invite Elizabeth Peters (kobobooks) if she’s free. She’s my favorite cozy mystery writer, has traveled all over the world and is an Egyptologist. I suspect that she and Twain could go on for hours entertaining the rest of us. Plus, she might bring an Egyptian dish and that would be very fun. She’s not very tall, so she won’t take up much room, although in the one picture of her that I’ve seen, she did have rather voluminous skirts. Do you think she hides weapons in the folds?
I’ve never based characters on people I know, except for maybe that one neighbor, you know the one. Who in their right mind goes out to get the newspaper in their underwear??? But after a dinner with the four writers above, I am POSITIVE that Twain the Ghost would make an appearance in a future book of mine. He’s dead, so he can’t sue. If he decided to haunt me in punishment, imagine what I could learn from him! I’d tease out all kinds of interesting facts–history, philosophy and since he’s a writer, I know he’d have thoughts on the afterlife. He must still travel about by train when he gets the chance. I know he could help make me a better writer.
I love writing ghost stories and paranormal creatures, but at heart, I’m a mystery writer. There will probably always be a crime or three to be solved and a touch of romance in every story I write. Love and mystery make the world go around.
So there you have it, a dinner party at my house. Who would you invite to yours?