Who is your literary Idol?

Today I am being interviewed by J.C. Martin, the Author of the crime novel “Oracle”.  As I looked over her interesting list of questions, one in particular stood out to me.  At first I rolled my eyes, but then I really thought about it… “Who is your literary idol?”  Now, most people will want to sound all smart and all and pick out a name from classic literature that would BORE ME TO TEARS if I read it, so I decided to be honest.  You’ll have to hop on over to see who I chose.

But I am wondering… FOR REAL… who do you consider your own literary idol?  A.K.A:  Who do you want to be when you grow up?

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19 responses to “Who is your literary Idol?

  1. I want to be Neil Gaiman when I grow up!

  2. My favourite is Jane Austen, not as an historical writer but as a contemporary of her day. She had such a clear-eyed view of the people around her. She wrote characters that make you say “I know somebody like that!” Georgette Heyer had the same skill with a touch more humour. That’s what I want to achieve.

  3. Dickens is my fave. I wish it was still acceptable to write with such beautiful prose. He did it so well.

  4. Well, Jennifer, I am one who hasn’t really read and studied the literary greats, but there are three authors that stand out to me. Instead of growing up reading the classics, I grew up reading Stephen King. Some of his stories I can’t get into, but the ones that I do get into, I can’t put down. I can still remember reading Pet Sematary late at night in college and actually looking around my bedroom for ghosts, being scared like a little kid. Margaret Mitchell is another one, as her characters in GWTW were so alive and made me feel emotionally involved. Just the thought of how Scarlett totally blew it with Rhett stirs frustration in me to this day. And finally, J.K. Rowling. Looking at a Christmas picture of my friends at Harry Potter World I think. . . .all that was from one woman’s imagination. Incredible.

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  5. Good questions from JC :D

    Mine would be Poe… Love his use of language :)

  6. My literary idol is Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, may he rest in peace. Not only is he my favorite writer, but he’s also one of my heroes and a huge inspiration for my writing, particularly my Russian historical fiction. He was prepared to die for his writing if need be, and went through so many tense, dramatic struggles to write and have his books smuggled out to the West. And he kept entire novels, plays, prose poems, and stories memorized in his head for years in the camps, before he was finally at liberty to write them down (and then hide them). I’ll always regret that I never wrote him a letter, since I assumed he’d live to at least 100.