Ann Rand

Which Fellow Scribe would you invite to dinner?

Here’s something for all you NaNoWriMo writers to contemplate when you need to take a break from your frantic writing schedule.

Last month, Erica Wagner, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, asked J.K. Rowling “…which fellow scribe, living or dead, she would most like to meet and have dinner with.” After considering, among others, P.G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen, Rowling chose Charles Dickens. (See link at the conclusion of this post.)

So, while you’re frantically trying to complete your novel in a month—one you hope will be the next best seller—take a quick break and choose which fellow scribe, living or dead, you would have dinner with. (Think of it as a celebratory dinner once you’ve completed your 50,000 words)

Neil Gaiman for dinner

Neil Gaiman (for dinner)

My choice, hands down, would be Neil Gaiman. He’s pleasing on the eyes and he has that great British accent. Plus, he’s funny. Although…it is too bad he’s married. (Then again, so am I.)


Mark Twain...that nasty cigar

Mark Twain and his cigar

Hummm, Mark Twain would be amazing to dine with. He’s funny, he’s fascinating and I probably wouldn’t have to talk at all…although I might have to pay for our dinner. Then there’s his nasty smelling cigar. Never mind.


Ann Rand

Ann Rand – INTENSE!

What about Ann Rand or Ursula Le Guin! Can you imagine the deep conversations we’d have? Oh dear, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.


Clive Barker with Horns

Clive Barker (I think those are real)

Okay… I can say with complete certainly I do NOT want to have dinner with Clive Barker. Love his writing—He terrifies me. I can also cross Stephen King off my list. Stephenie Meyer too. (Please, no coffee or wine with our meal!)

Apparently, I’m going to have to get back to you later. Got to go—more words to write!

(Find out more about J.K. Rowling’s choice HERE)


2 thoughts on “Which Fellow Scribe would you invite to dinner?

  1. John Guy Collick says:

    Gene Wolfe so I could at least try and get some idea of what on earth he’s going on about in his books. As much as I love them they do leave me scratching my head most of the time. Michael Moorcock definitely. I agree with Neil Gaiman, not sure about Ayn Rand. She and I are so diametrically opposite politics-wise I’d end up putting something dodgy in her Creme-Brulee.


  2. Lorijo Metz says:

    LOL – Gene Wolfe lives in Barrington, IL, about 40 minutes from me and the same town my parents live in. I don’t know him personally, but he’s close enough that maybe I could arrange for you to have dinner with him should you ever visit the Chicago area. 🙂 (I’ll make sure Creme-Brulee is not on the menu…just in case you don’t care for him. )


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