Hello, fellow writers and readers,

This time as a thought post, I’m going to be sharing with you the top 5 authors I’d love to meet. If given the opportunity to summon anybody, living or dead, with whom to have coffee and exchange thoughts, it would be these people. In the comments, tell me who your top author pick would be, and why!

  1. Charles Dickens

I’m a huge fan of Dickens. The elements I enjoy most about his writing are his settings, loveable characters, and almost “golden” endings. Everything wraps up so nicely at the end of novels like Our Mutual Friend. If Dickens and I could talk at a pub somewhere, I’d love to get his tips on planning and structuring plots. He’s mastered weaving together story threads. Given that many of his works were published serially, this is remarkable. I’d ask him how he goes about sketching and fleshing out stories, and what his favorite part of writing is.

  1. Suzanne Collins

Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series fanned my passion for reading in middle school, long before The Hunger Games hit bookstore shelves. She’s skilled at capturing readers’ imaginations, and immersing them into her world. I’d like to pick Collins’s brain about how she creates vivid universes, as well as injects symbols into them. I’d ask her if there are any intended symbolisms or significant aspects to The Hunger Games trilogy that fans haven’t picked up on yet.

  1. Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary pushed the boundaries of women’s writing in her era. She campaigned through the written word for an equal standing between husbands and wives, for the benefit of both, and of society. Wollstonecraft struggled with mental health, and the account of her life feels human and relatable. If I could talk to her, I’d ask her how she decided to organize her treatise on women’s rights, Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and how she dealt with reader criticism.

  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer isn’t just a literary example; he’s a major role model in Christianity. Fighting against the doctrine of the Reich Church in WWII Germany, Bonhoeffer devoted his life to advocating God’s Word and believers’ actuated faith. What things did he take into immediate consideration while he penned theses? What was his favorite part of publication, research, or delivering sermons? How does he personally view the connection between knowledge of God’s Word and using one’s God-given words to bring glory to Him?

  1. Veronica Roth

Divergent’s world captured my imagination, as well. Roth has a good amount of experience with the publishing and movie industries, having put out one full trilogy, a movie franchise, a spinoff book or two, and a brand new series (this year). I would love to ask her about her world-building elements, writing dystopia stories, and the process of compromising with movie producers. Is it worth it to adapt a story to the screen, from a creative standpoint? Does she have any tips about cultivating a widespread readership?

All right, there you have my top 5 authors to meet! Only two of them are alive at this point; if I do ever cross paths with them, it’ll be a thrill. Along with the previous question, what are your favorite elements of story creating, or your favorite elements to read in a book?

Talk to you guys again soon: next time, on another Twitter-poll-winning subject!

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