Who do you want to be when you grow up?
|This is me. My mother would tell you I had been screaming my head off all day when a friend of hers came over with a new camera. They laid me on a black sheet ( don't ask, I never have!) and her friend snapped this picture of me laughing.|
So, who do you want to be when you grow up? Before the sensible idea of idea of becoming a teacher overtook my dream of being an author I wanted to be Judy Blume. I read everything and, I mean, everything she wrote. Later, I realized maybe some of her books should have waited until I was a bit older.
My teenage years, I wanted to be S.E. Hinton. Several of my early manuscripts scream,
"I just read The Outsiders... again."
I will admit to a brief Stephen King stage. But, honestly, I am a big, fat chicken and only forced myself to read his work because everyone else my age was. I can only guess if all of them were sleeping with their lights on, too!
Now that I am settling into a writing style, I have a new set of author crushes. Sandra Brown, Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb. (Of course, to quote Rosemary Clement-Moore at a recently workshop, "We all want to be Nora Roberts.")
As I learn more about myself as an author, I find myself still wanting to me only with their contracts and royalty checks.
So, tell me your story? Who do you want to be when you are a grown up writer? How have your "author crushes" changed over the years?
Bonus question: If you could have dinner with a favorite author, what book/character would you want to discuss and why?