Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’d Like to Meet

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Have you ever read a book and wondered about the person behind the pages?  This is my top ten list of authors, living or deceased, I would love to meet.  Their books are a part of my life, and I’d relish the opportunity to spend an afternoon talking with any of them about life and literature.

1. Ree Drummond-Her cookbooks are filled with stories as entertaining as her recipes are delicious, and her Charlie the Ranch Dog books are just plain adorable.  I’d love to hang out with her and cook a meal.

2. Edgar Allan Poe-Annabel Lee is my absolute favorite poem.  His short stories are amazing, and his use of descriptive language is phenomenal.  When he describes a room, I can almost smell it.

3. Jane Austen-I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed all of her novels.  Of course Pride and Prejudice is a favorite, but Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are delightful as well.

4. J.R.R. Tolkien-I discovered The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as a teenager and was completely floored by the complexity of the world he created.

5. Patricia Briggs-Her Mercy Thompson series continues to be one of my favorites.

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6. Anne Rice-The very first book I ever read about vampires was Interview with the Vampire.  I love it, and Lestat and Louis are beautiful, complex characters.

7. Ruth Goodman-I found her book How to be a Victorian fascinating.  I’d love to talk with her about her research and experience.

8. Karen Chance-Her Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series are well paced and filled to the brim with interesting characters.

9. Elizabeth Gaskell-North and South will always have a place in my heart.

10. Lynne Truss-She makes reading about punctuation so much fun!


  1. Tolkien would be so much fun to meet! An old colleague of mine has a signed first edition of The Lord of the Rings because her grandmother used to play bridge with Tolkien himself, and I’m very jealous of her amazing family story. Great list!

  2. Great list! i love that you have included some classic authors. I would love to meet Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Gaskell & Jane Austen as well.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. What a great list. I can’t believe I forgot Tolkien!!!

  4. Poinsettia says:

    You’re welcome! I loved your list too. I can’t believe I didn’t think of Twain or Shakespeare!

  5. Great list! I totally second Jane Austen and Tolkien (such legends). It would be amazing to hear their perspectives. And Patricia Briggs as well- she seems so down to earth.

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! It would definitely be great to get their perspectives. I wonder if they ever could have imagined how big their impact would be?

  6. I hope you meet all the living authors on your TTT list this week. The cool thing is that I made a TTT post a couple of years ago of all the authors I wanted to meet in person some day and I ended up meeting three of them in person within a year!! I’m hoping to meet the rest of the authors on my TTT list some point in time!

    This week I choose to focus on the eleven authors I can’t believe I’ve already met! Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

  7. What a great selection of authors! 🙂 It would be amazing if we could all meet the authors we want!

  8. JRR Tolkien would definitely be so amazing!! He was like such a master of fantasy and has had sooo much influence over the genre!! SUCH EPICNESS.

  9. Poe, Austen, and Tolkien – if only! 🙂

  10. Nice choices here. I wonder of Poe would be creepy…almost hope he would.

  11. Wow, you went for the big guns when making your list!! Shoot high or go home!

  12. Great list! I definitely agree that it would have been amazing to get the chance to meet Tolkien!

    Lauren @ My Expanding Bookshelf

  13. Meeting Tolkien would be pretty interesting. I have yet to start the Mercy Thompson series.

    • Poinsettia says:

      I definitely recommend checking out the Mercy Thompson series if you get the chance. I’ve found it to be consistently great.

  14. Aw, Ree Drummond! My mom really likes her (from Food Network, etc) as well as her cookbooks, so we’ve tried some of her recipes, and I’ve given my mom several of her cookbooks. She seems to have a really fun story. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  15. Jane Austen <3 over the last six months I've read almost all of her novels (only 'Mansfield Park' to go!) and I've found myself absolutely obsessed with her. I just love how sassy and modern she is!
    I'd also love to meet Poe, but I don't think he'd be happy to meet me: I'm far too bubbly and awkward, and he seems so suave and sophisticated.

  16. I love Edgar Allan Poe! His work is fantastic and one of my favorite poems is Annabel Lee as well.


    Lovely List!

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