Sanaa, over at “A Dash of Sunny” asked us to write a poem or prose piece inspired by our favorite author (or favorite quote) for this week’s challenge. To participate in the fun, follow the link to visit her site and get the details.
I don’t have a favorite author.
Oh … wait … yes I do!
It is I.
Okay, I know that sounds quite pompous, and the truth is that there are scores of authors whose works I love to read. Normally, I am reading at least three different books at any given time. Some of them I read over and over and over and over. So, obviously, those authors have great influence on me, and I like them — I really do.
But to be totally honest (and I’m talking mainly about fiction now), I rarely read a book that I don’t want to change in at least one or two places. Most of the time, I’d have the hero or heroine exhibit just a little bit different characteristics — or I’d have one of them decide to act or react differently. And sometimes, even in books I enjoy, I really want the ending to be different.
So, when it’s all said and done, the truth simply is that, although there are myriads of excellent authors out there, my favorite stories are the ones where people are the kind of people want them to be, where things work the way I want them to work, and where the end results of all the activity are the end results I want. In order to get those things, I have to be the author. I don’t think I’ve ever written a perfect book. But neither has anyone else. So if I want what I want the way I want it and when I want it, then I’m going to have to write it myself.
So … yeah … I guess I am my favorite author. Now, there’s just one problem with that situation: I can’t just sit down and relax and read a story for the pleasure of reading if I have to do the actual writing myself. So I’m more than grateful for the thousands of other authors out there whose books I can pick up and carry with me to my favorite chair, where I kick back with a steamy cup of coffee beside me, and delve into the world they’ve created their way. Now, if I could just stop wanting to tweak a character here and a plot line there ….