If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

I will cheat and name not 1 but several authors: Charles Dicckens, Tolstoy, Bram Stoker and Emily Bronte.
Allowing myself a little more cheating, I would like to have the following poets over for dinner: A E Housman, Ernest Christopher Dowson and Philip Larkin.


Before I post my author, and I will tell you, I was arguing with myself for days; if you could have dinner with one author, living or not, who would it be?

I am expecting some familiar names, and please do not let that stop you from posting, because I would honestly love to have dinner with JK Rowling, Stephen King (hold the meal), or Mr. Patterson.

I would have loved to have had a face-to-face with Mr. William W. Johnstone, whom stoked my fire for writing when I wrote to him as a young teenager, obsessed with his books, and he replied, and we had a friendly relationship for several years.

That book right there; Sweet Dreams, put me on the path to loving books for the rest of my life!

And now I have a personal library in my house, and I am constantly hunting for the books…

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13 thoughts on “If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

      1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        Ah, if she ever happens to be in my neck of the woods, or I in hers, then I also am rather fond of Dinner so, I am sure something could be arranged, provided of course that my four-legged friend, Trigger doesn’t gobble the lot …!

      2. Lucy Brazier

        No doubt something suitable could be arranged – I have heard that she is never one to share food but I am absolutely certain she would make an exception in the case of the marvellous Trigger!

  1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    There are several I’d like to have dinner with too. Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte are among those on my list, along with Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Terry Pratchett, and Michelle Paver, to name a few. Basically, if it’s an author I enjoy, and they want to have dinner with me, I’m happy to accept the invitation.

    Actually, I have had dinner with two authors in the last couple of years… One of them twice. You were one of them, and the other was Barbara G. Tarn.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks Tori. I greatly enjoyed “The Famous 5” books as a child, so Enid Blyton sounds like an excellent dinner guest. I greatly enjoyed my dinner with you and Kelly. Apart from your good self, I meet my friend, Jeff Grant regularly for Dinner. His novel “Albatross” is available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and Createspace. I will look up Barbara Tarn.

      1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

        Barb’s stories aren’t for everyone. However, if you look them up and decide to give one a try, I hope you enjoy it. She publishes via a couple of different platforms, so you’ll find ier in eBook or paperback via most of the big retailers.

      1. ellem63

        Do you have a favourite Stephen King book, Kevin? I’ve enjoyed all of his that I’ve read, but Gerald’s Game is the one that I’ll never forget. It was truly gripping.

        Here’s a synopsis from StephenKing.com
        “Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, but when Gerald refuses to stop she lashes out at him with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the sundry voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.”

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      I remember reading King’s “Desperation” some years ago and enjoying it. I haven’t read “Gerald’s Game”. It sounds gripping and I will be sure to do so. Thanks for the recommendation.


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