Monday, February 17, 2014
Building the perfect Franken-author
by Meredith Cole
It sounds like a diabolical experiment: building the perfect author. And kind of funny, too. I can't even imagine what a Patterson/Hiassen/Dickens writer might sound like. But I think the combo author would lose the unique flavor of each writer as they were added to the mix, and that would be a shame.
Here's what I do know:
I would love to write mysteries as funny as Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series.
I'd love to be able to write beautiful descriptions like Reed Farrel Coleman.
I would love to write a painful coming of age mystery story like William Kent Krueger.
I would love to be able to write fight scenes like Lee Child.
I would like to be able to write a complex politically charged mystery like Sara Paretsky.
I would love to write a well researched historical mystery like Anne Perry.
And I could go on and on... Because I am both a reader and a writer.
And for a very funny post by a very funny author, see Lawrence Block's "author merger" piece from last week. If authors were corporations...