Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lunch With Agatha

By J.B.

With the Malice Domestic Conference coming up this weekend, I thought I’d pose the question: Which four authors (dead or alive) would you most like to have lunch with? Here are my choices:

  1. Agatha Christie. This choice probably comes as no surprise. The woman is the Queen of the Mystery. I have read and loved every Hercule Poirot book and most of the Miss Marple books. I’d love to talk to Agatha about how clever her plotting is. No matter how carefully I follow the clues, I rarely guess the killer’s identity.
  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Honestly, I’ve had a crush on this man since I was in high school. It all started when I choose to do a book report on The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s photo was on the inside cover of the paperback I owned and I thought there was something so intriguing about the handsome, young man.
  1. Michael Crichton. Writer of the TV series ER, novels like Jurassic Park, Timeline, Andromeda Strain. He was just so brilliant, so multi-talented. I’d love to listen to him talk about how he conducted his research.
  1. The Bronte Sisters – I know this entry counts as two people, but I couldn’t chose between Charlotte or Emily. I wouldn’t even need them to talk about their works – what woman hasn’t read them with rapture? No. I’d just love to listen to them gossip about their friends, sisters, and the available young men in their circle.
If I had a bigger table, I wouldn’t mind a chat with Mary Shelley, James Michener, Ellery Queen, or Ngaio Marsh.

What about you? What authors would you like to have over for lunch date?