My contemporary favorites:
Jean Auel, James Patterson (Alex Cross Series), Dean Koontz, Tess Gerristen, Robin Cook, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Unger, Mary Higgins Clark, John Sandford, John Lutz, PJ Parrish, George R.R. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-3) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games trilogy)
What are you reading right now?
Just finished a Feast of Crows and now reading A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five. George R.R. Martin is the author of both.
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors - dead or alive - who would they be and what would you serve them?
What a hoot! At my party, my not-so-secret ingredients are Maya Angelou, Pearl Buck, James Patterson, Stephen King and Mary Higgins Clark. I’d love to dine with them. My back-up list includes Dr. Seuss, Amanda Hocking, Truman Capote and Suzanne Collins. And I wouldn’t serve them “Humble Pie.” Rather, my menu celebrates their successes. First, Hemingway’s Mojitos! Then, literary dishes inspired by Tennessee William’s plays: Grilled Ahi Tuna with Pineapple Relish, Maw Maw Lola’s Fig Preserves, and Chop Suey Soup. For the vegetarians, Mushroom Rice with cashew nuts. To finish there would be my mother’s famous Carrot Pineapple cake, topped with whip cream or plain vanilla ice cream (or both?). But to make things more festive, I’d serve champagne with the cake, accompanied by Yankee/Southern hospitality with a healthy dose of appreciation.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
By the way, if I’d written this book, I’d be a Pulitzer Prize winner! Beyond the poetic descriptions of Highway 66, The Grapes of Wrath captured the fears, hardships and exploitations of the Great Depression. It also showcased the greatness of the human condition, revealing a wellspring of strength coupled with conviction and hope, even in almost hopeless situations. Despite its historic significance, its message is timeless. This novel could just as easily be about today’s “Okies,” the homeless and the unemployed in every state, as they search for jobs, dignity and a future.
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss