Monday, April 14, 2014
The Ghost of Mysteries Past
If you could choose a dead author to mentor you today, who would you choose and why?
By Meredith Cole
I can think of a lot of living authors who I'd love to have mentor me--and many who have graciously helped me along the way. But I got a bit stuck on the dead author example. I had a vision of a ghost rising up from the grave with advice or something. Spooky stuff.
Anyhow, an author who is no longer with us mentoring me? My first thought was Dorothy Sayers. I
I'm not sure what I would expect from Dorothy Sayers as my mentor, though. Career advice? Back when she was publishing there were no ebooks, and there were probably tons of smaller publishers. There was no amazon. and probably her books were hand sold lovingly by independent booksellers. Today publishing is completely different.
But stories never really change. Styles might get tweaked, and certain trends come and go, but I'm sure her advice on story telling would still be valuable. And if not, she would at least go on my list of people I'd love to have dinner with! And while I'm at it, I'd invite Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to the party, too. And then I'd just sit back and listen.