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This post contains mild spoilers for a few books that were published years ago.
I’ve also decided that being deceased is no reason for an author not to answer a friendly question or two, but that is the extent of my necromancy abilities.
Author: Jean M. Auel
My Questions: What happened to Ayla’s first son after she was permanently separated from him in the Clan of the Cave Bear series? Will you ever write a sequel about his life?
Author: Steven King
My Questions: What percentage of your family mealtimes are taken up by you asking your loved ones how they’d respond to increasingly bizarre scenarios you’re dreaming up for future novels? Does Mrs. King enjoy these conversations? Do you ever censor yourself around any grandchildren you might have now?
Author: Octavia E. Butler
My Questions: How was the Parable series supposed to end? Did you ever consider hiring a ghostwriter to finish it?
Author: Angie Thomas
My Question: Can I be one of your beta readers if I promise not to breathe a word about it to anyone?
Author: Kevin Kwan
My Questions: Should I read Crazy Rich Asians before or after watching the film? What are your thoughts on the film version of your story in general?
Author: Malala Yousafzai
My Questions: Will you be writing more books for adult readers in the near future? What are your longterm plans for your life?
Author: Sarah Waters
My Question: What is your research process like? There are so many years between your books that I can only imagine how much time you spend researching every detail of the eras you write about!
Author: Paul Stamets
My Question: How many new readers did you gain after Mycelium Running was used for a Star Trek: Discovery plot?
Author: Neil Gaiman
My Questions: How would you describe your friendship with Tori Amos? Do you two let each other know in advance when you write about your friendship, or is it a pleasant surprise?
Author: Langston Hughes
My Question: Would you write a poem about 2020 for us?
78 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Questions I Would Ask My Favourite Authors
Oh, we really could use a 2020 poem from Hughes right now!
I have wondered what downtime in the King house looked like 🙂
Ha! It must be super interesting for sure.
I absolutely love the questions for Stephen King! Made me chuckle. The question for Sarah Waters is one I would ask as well!
Thank you very much.
I would relish any poem by Langston Hughes. Good questions. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/08/ttt-082520.html
A follow up question for Sarah Waters – when will we get another book from you, I need another!
Great list! This is this week’s TTT if you want to check out my questions!
Totally agreed there! And thank you.
That Stephen King question is interesting — especially because I think his son also writes and I know his daughter-in-law writes some twisted stuff.
I think I can answer that Kevin Kwan one — book first or not at all. This is one where I actually liked the movie more, but there are lots of details in the book.
Thanks for the advice, Deanna.
And I’d forgotten that Stephen King’s son and daughter-in-law are also writers. They must have the best conversations.
Great questions! I especially love the Stephen King and Langston Hughes ones. <3
Best questions I’ve seen all day. I was especially struck by the Langston Hughes question. All the good work from May and June just seems to be floating away in Republican toilets. Sigh. Thanks for dropping by.
Thank you for your kind words. And, yeah, I have the same thoughts about that topic.
I love that you’ve picked questions about specific projects for each author.
So many good ones! I would kill to be a beta reader for Angie Thomas!!
Thanks! And how cool would that be? Seriously!
Great list! I really must get around to reading Crazy Rich Asians, loved the film!
Thank you. Hope you like the book.
I love the stephen King and angie Thomas questions!
Great list! I’d love to chat to Sarah Waters.
Thank you. And, yeah, she seems like she’d super interesting to talk to.
I’ve always thought that Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos was a such perfect platonic relationship. I love how they’ve inspired each other through the years.
And Hughes! Yes! Though it would take him a while to get caught up with everything that’s happened in the last eight months, and he might have some trouble getting passed the murder hornets.
Totally agreed there!
And for sure on Hughes needing to write something long. LOL.
I love your questions for Stephen King and Langston Hughes! Would be interesting to know the answers!
Aww, thanks! So glad you liked them.
I would absolutely love to be Angie Thomas’ beta reader too! Great questions! 🙂
Thanks a lot. Yeah, that would be amazing.
I cannot imagine Stephen King’s dinner table. So glad I didn’t end up in his family. He scares me to pieces.
I’d love to hear a 2020 poem by Langston Hughes. Makes me a little sad to think about it, though. Maybe a 2030 poem. Things will be amazing by then.
I hope you’re right about 2030! I think you will be. 🙂
Interesting that you mentioned Langston Hughes! I just got a book of his poems out of the library because it seemed appropriate for now…
He was a wonderful writer! Hope you enjoy his poems.
Omg! I love your question for Stephen King!!! Great post.
Thanks a lot.
Such brilliant questions! I especially love the ones for Neil Gaiman. Thanks for sharing!
YES to your question to Angie Thomas, haha. I’d love the same thing.
Also agree with your question to Kevin Kwan. I’ve not seen the movie as I was going to read the book first but I wonder which one would be best.
So glad those questions resonated with you.
This was a great list Lydia. Agree with the Kwan question as well, I found the film to be entertaining and light hearted so it was lovely adaptation but I do believe they’ve swayed from integral plot points (not that would diminish it’s artistry or quality it’s still an enjoyable film).
Good to know! And thanks.
I like that Stephen King question. Great choices!
This post is AWESOME. I really love your questions. Also, the bit about your necromancy abilities made me genuinely laugh out loud and now my fiance is looking at me like I’ve lost my mind. 🙂
Aww, thanks! I’m glad I made you laugh. Hope your fiancé wasn’t too weirded out by how loud it was. 😀
I’m also curious about how Stephen King’s mind works! I did just watch an old episode of Finding Your Roots that featured King and it was fascinating to learn about his family history. It explains quite a lot about why he writes what he does, actually.
Ooh, that sounds good. I’m going to try to find it so I can watch it, too.
Your question for Angie Thomas made me smile. That’s a great one.
Oh, I love all of the specific questions! These are definitely some good ones to ask.
Thanks a lot.
A poem about 2020 would be great. Tabitha King is an author too, so I bet she and Stephen bounce ideas off each other all the time.
I’m sure they do! And thanks.
“I’ve also decided that being deceased is no reason for an author not to answer a friendly question or two, but that is the extent of my necromancy abilities.” LOL! I love this.
Great questions! RE: your first question – I haven’t read those books, but a patron at the library I work for once accidentally spoiled the ending of the last book for me because I had to break the news that there wasn’t another book for her to read, and she was so upset she got a bit weepy. I felt so bad for her! 🙁
Heh, thank you!
Oh, what a sad story. Sorry she spoiled the ending and didn’t have a sequel to look forward to.
Your question for King made me LOL! That is a very pertinent question about his family !!
Great questions. I had to laugh about the question to Stephen King but I’d be even more interested in the answer Malala Yousafzai might give. I loved I am Malala.
Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.
You’re welcome. Glad you liked my questions.
Hope some of the (living) authors will answer your questions in the comments soon! haha
I’ve read all three of the CRA books by Kevin Kwan and really liked them so I don’t think I’ll bother with the movie. Books usually are more nuanced than movies, so if I see a movie first I usually have decided I won’t be reading the book.
Oops, using my phone and my comment went in the wrong place!
The second Question for King. Why did I imagine a bizarre dinner conversation in my head. I’d love to know the answer to this one.
And great list!
Heh, thanks! And agreed.
Good question for Jean M. Auel! And I would love to read a next book from Malala Yousafzai.
Thank you! Glad you liked them.
Love your questions!
Oh my gosh, these questions are FABULOUS. I absolutely love the one for Stephen King, and that’s something I’m curious about, too. It takes a special sort of person to put up with living with a writer, I think. xD I would also absolutely love a poem about 2020 from Langston Hughes. I can only imagine how poignant and powerful it would be. That man could capture emotion and make it look easy.
Thank you very much! And, yeah, Hughes is one of my favourite poets. He was amazing.
Love that you went so specific with your questions! Love the Stephen King and Angie Thomas ones 🙂
Thank you very much.
Very insightful all. I especially smiled at the King question. Totally agree we need a 2020 poem. Maya Angelou would be a good one to bring back to assist on this task. Although, I wonder if Joy Harjo has crafted anything yet for 2020.
Yes, she sure would have been!
I hope Joy Harjo writes something about it for us.