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Authors Answer 136 – Living in a Book

Ever want to give up your life and transport yourself into the book you’re reading? Just completely start a new life and become someone new, living in a new place. It’s quite likely a lot of people do. One of the great things about reading books is the ability of the readers to lose themselves in the book. Some are great to live in, others not. What would we choose?

Question 136 – If you could live in any book, which one would you choose?

Eric Wood

Game of Thrones? To live in dark times where I’d probably die? No thanks. Love the books, don’t want to live there. Harry Potter? To be a wizard would fun, most definitely. Maybe in Terry Brooks’s world in “Kingdom For Sale, Sold“. The main character lives in today’s world but finds a portal to a magical kingdom. I like that so I could travel back and forth between worlds.

Gregory S. Close

If I could live in any book… I think I would live in In Siege of Daylight. Not just for self-promotional purposes, but because if anyone knows all the secret ins and outs of the world and could use that to his advantage, it would be ME. I know the history. I know what everyone is thinking. I know the magic system. I know the secret passages, secret societies, secret affairs… I know it all.

I think it could be pretty fun to play in my own sandbox. 🙂

C E Aylett

That is a tricky one. I’m not sure there’s any book where I’d want to live, not with all the awful things that happen to some of the characters! Could you imagine living in Westeros? No thank you very much.

Elizabeth Rhodes

This is a tough one because so many stories are set in the middle of serious conflict for obvious reasons. While that makes for good story, it’s not the safest place to live, and I’m not sure I’d last long in a battle of wits, much less swords or sorcery. The Harry Potter universe probably gets my vote. I can settle down with a nice magical ice cream and cake shop and have little to worry about other than competition with Florean Fortescue.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Hmmm…that’s actually a really tough question, mainly because of the types of books I read. I wouldn’t want to live in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series for sure…way too short a lifespan. And I read a lot of Stephen King books, but, I mean…come on. I considered the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, but given the nature of the ending of those books, perhaps not.

I read way too much horror and bloody adventure to answer this question in a way that wouldn’t immediately result in my impending death. Maybe I can just say one of the manga series I read? Yeah, sure, let’s go with that. “Fruits Basket” seems like a safe enough universe to live in. lol

Beth Aman

I think I’d have to say Narnia. ​That series will always have a special place in my heart, and I think Narnia would be (most of the time) a wonderful place to live. ​I grew up reading those books (like many kids grew up reading Harry Potter), and I always wished I could find a secret wardrobe of my own.

D. T. Nova

The ending of The Light of Other Days by Stephen Baxter (based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke) is about as utopian as they come, so I’ll go with that.

Jean Davis

Whichever book I’d pick, it would be the end of the book. Living at the beginning is where everything goes wrong. The stakes are high in the middle, and I’ve already got enough stress to deal with. No, sir. If I’m going to set up house in a book, I’m taking the happy ending section and living out my years there.

Paul B. Spence

Joy of Sex. Just kidding. My books? I’m not sure I’d want to live in the worlds I imagine; they are scary places. Other people’s? I don’t know, maybe Anne McCaffrey’s Pern? Other than Thread (I know!), it seems like a really cool place. I’d really like a fire lizard, too. I’m too old at this point to Impress a dragon, but that would have been even cooler. I’m not sure beyond that. I kind of like where I am now, for the most part.

H. Anthe Davis

I would probably live in my own books, because I know all the hotspots and the nice safe interesting places — whereas in most of the books I’ve read, the concentration has always been on Danger! and Adventure! and Disaster! and I personally don’t want to be anywhere near that stuff. I’ve outgrown the fluffy nice worlds I read as a kid, and definitely don’t want to live in the dark fantasy/military space opera stuff I read now — too many explosions. Though, hey, maybe Beta Colony from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga… That might be nice…

Jay Dee Archer

Paul took my answer! I’d love to live on Pern, but as it is a long series covering hundreds of years, things change a lot over that time. I would love to be a part of the Dragonsdawn period, which is the very beginning. The chance to explore would be amazing. But the period around The Masterharper of Pern might be nice, even to be taught by Robinton himself. Other than that, I’d love to live in 3001: The Final Odyssey. The technological advances and the ability to travel between the planets would be remarkable. Although I wasn’t thrilled by the book, the way life was seemed peaceful. You could study and explore anything you wanted. Sounds nice!

How about you?

If you could live in any book, which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Authors Answer 70 – Who Should Be a Guest on Authors Answer?

In the past, we’ve had a guest join Authors Answer for a month (Michael J. Sullivan). Last year, for our one year anniversary, we had several join (Janny Wurts, Brian Staveley, Andrew Rowe, Baye McNeil, Erica Dakin, and Amy Morris-Jones). But what if we start inviting more authors to be guests? Well, this is actually something I will be doing, hopefully each guest writing for a month each. But who do we think should be guests? Of course, many of our choices are unrealistic, so these are our dream guests.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 70 – If you could request any author to be a guest on Authors Answer, who would it be and why?

S. R. Carrillo

Michelle Browne! She is such a “mother hen” type when it comes to taking in writers of all walks of life and giving them a place to share their geekery. At the same time, she is also a huge supporter of social activism and ideals, which is less rare but more important. Plus, she’s a great friend in addition to being a prolific and multifaceted writer.

Basically, I have nothing but amazing things to say about her and her prowess.

Elizabeth Rhodes

J.K. Rowling. (I’m nothing if not ambitious.) Even outside of being a huge Harry Potter fan, I like how she conducts herself on Twitter. She’s clever, witty, and not afraid to ruffle feathers. It’s a personality I think would well for this format.

H. Anthe Davis

My partner in crime Erica Dakin is already following along with Authors Answer, though she’s still in the teens.  Don’t know who I’d nominate otherwise.

Eric Wood

Terry Brooks, for starters. He’s my favorite fantasy author. I love Shannara and once upon a time dreamed of visiting.

My second option would be Sheree Fitch. She is a fabulous children’s author (though she has some adult novels, too). “Mable Murple” and “There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen” are classics and my boys love her as much as do. Plus she was a guest in our home for a bit and read part of Monkeys in my Kitchen to the kids. My third choice would be Lesley Crewe. She sets her stories close to where I live so they come alive in ways other works of fiction can’t. Also, she’s hilarious to talk to so I know she would come up with some great answers!

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I’m going to have to go with Monica Hughes, who wrote one of my favorite books of all time: “Invitation to the Game“. My best friend stumbled across the short novel at a book fair when we were in the fifth grade and she showed it to me because the summery on the back sounded an awful lot like the story I was actually writing at the time. So I ended up buying the book to see what it was all about, and it wasn’t even the tiniest bit like my story, but I absolutely fell in love with it. I had never read anything like it before up to that point – I didn’t even know what “dystopian future” meant back then. It as just such an amazing story, so odd and imaginative and yet also so believable. It amazed me and intrigued me and I’ve read it over a dozen times since that day in the fifth grade because I always find myself drawn back to the world and the characters at different stages of my life. So, yeah, I’d love to see Mrs Hughes on here so I could see how she would answer some of our questions!

Jean Davis

I’d love to have a chat with George R. R. Martin, not only about who we’re finally going to see on the throne when the series ends, but the perils of writing such an involved series and the pressures of an audience when it catches up with you and waits. And waits, increasingly more demanding, judging your every move that doesn’t involve writing.

D. T. Nova

Hypothetically? J.K. Rowling. Despite her fame, I know far less about what kinds of answer they would give than I do about any of the other authors I thought of.

Linda G. Hill

Will Ferguson. He’s a Canadian author, writer of Happiness (TM) and the non-fictional travel adventure, the hilarious Hitching Rides with Buddha. I can’t think of a more entertaining writer, nor one I’d love to interview more.

Allen Tiffany

You did not specify that they had to be living, so I think it would be fascinating to hear from the likes of Conrad and Melville. It would be interesting to hear from them about how they perceive writing to have changed since they wrote, what they think is good and bad, better and worse. And it would be great to hear what they think about how their works are now perceived.

Gregory S. Close

Julian May – because I think her writing is brilliant and overlooked, she’s spanned both the fantasy and sci-fi genre, including the fun muddy bits between, and I would love to hear her insight on pretty much anything.  If you haven’t read her Pliocene Exile series, you are missing out.

Paul B. Spence

Well, since you didn’t specify that they had to still be alive, I request for Mark Twain to be on here. His answers would be very entertaining. Besides, can you imagine what he’d say about the political situation nowadays…?

Jay Dee Archer

Realistically, there are several authors I could ask and have as guests, but I’m going with someone who is likely not going to answer positively. And that’s Brandon Sanderson. I haven’t actually read his books yet (I will! I just wanted to wait until moving to Canada before adding to my book collection), but he’s incredibly well-reviewed almost universally. I’d like to know what he thinks and how he’d answer our questions.

How about you?

Who would you like to have as a guest author on Authors Answer? Let us know in the comments below.

Poof Goes the Perfect Post

Have you ever been thinking about what to post about on your blog, only to fall asleep and continue thinking about the post in a dream? That just happened to me when I put my daughter to bed. I ended up falling asleep next to her for about an hour. Just a bit sleepy today.

As for the post, my dream made it even better. It was going to be amazing, and lots of people will love it. Then I woke up, saw the time, and realised what had just happened. I remember my daughter falling asleep, then getting ready to get out of bed and back to the living. Except I fell asleep at that moment.  But when I woke up, that’s what my memory of the post came up quickly… then disappeared. My post idea, taken away by a forgotten dream. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Never fear, I’ve got lots of ideas for blog posts, book, and more. I’m just a bit sleepy.