Sunday, September 14, 2008

I've Missed You Guys

I looked at the blog today for the first time in a week. I was blown away by the creativity of the bloggers, subject matter discussed and diverse opinions found on the blogspot. It just reminds me how creative and supportive of each other that we have become.

Two common threads are woven among the blogs. Naturally we all like to write (although we all have our days when we ask ourselves why?) and we admire other writers. We know exactly how hard it is to take an idea and nurture it until the idea becomes a whole story.

I have found that most writers are also avid readers. All voracious readers I know are always on the lookout for a new author to add to their "must read" list. I'm curious to see who you would rank as your personal favorite author in each of these categories:
1. Author whose books make you cry with emotion.
2. Most suspenseful author.
3. Funniest author.
4. Most romantic author.
5. Best paranormal writer.
6. Best storyteller.
7. Author who you have read every book they've written.

Post your answers and I will tabulate them in my next blog, plus give you my favorites. Hopefully, we may all add some new authors to our "must read" lineup.


Karen Beeching said...

Great question, Diane! I have to think.

Anne Lamott for funniest. I read her Bird by Bird book on writing and repeatedly laughed out loud.

One of my favorite suspense authors is Tami Hoag.

I can't make up my mind on the others...

M.V.Freeman said...

Well Diane, you made me go and peruse all of my books. The amusing thing, is I have very little that doesn't have some sort of fantasy edge to it or the paranormal. (I do read some that are not, but I confess I am addicted--and that's what I write-paranormal and fantasy)

But I am going to give it a shot and here is:

1. Author whose books make you cry with emotion: Sadly, I try not to read those books often, so I don't have any at the tip of my tongue.
2. Most suspenseful author: Well...the last one I read was Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer.-That was fun.
3. Funniest Author: Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series (Check out Shanna Swendson and her Enchanted Inc. series)
4. Most romantic author: Do I have to choose? Arrgh. Well, hmm, J.R. Ward, Susan Sizemore...ok so its more suspense and romance, but wow, they are excellent storytellers.
5. Best paranormal writer: Obviously, I am heavily biased on this subject. All of them are great it’s hard to choose, but this author has snagged me time and again: Karen Marie Moning.
6. Best storyteller: Charlaine Harris. She has such a smooth way of writing...I love reading her stuff.
7. Author who you have read every book they have written: Brandon Mull. He has a great way of roping you in and keeping reading. He’s a young adult writer (The Fablehaven series)

Honestly, I do read other types of books. But those authors jump out at me.
I am interested in seeing the answers as well! :)

Christy Reece said...

Oh, I love lists!

Here's mine:
1. Author whose books make you cry with emotion.
This is hard because I don't like to cry, but one that I've read several times and still cry about is Passion by Lisa Valdez. Very erotic at the beginning but just one of the sweetest love stories I've ever read.

2. Most suspenseful author.
Karen her!

3.Funniest author.
Janet Evanovich or Susan Elizabeth Phillips

4. Most romantic author.
Easy answer for me...Judith McNaught...on my gosh, I love her writing!

5. Best paranormal writer.
I don't read a lot of paranormal, but I do enjoy Christine Feehan's Dark hot Carpathians!

6. Best storyteller.
Linda Howard...she just sucks me in and keeps me reading, oh and Sandra Brown too!

7. Author who you have read every book they've written.
Judith McNaught and each one of those I've read about ten times each!

Darn it, I'm at the end of the list and there are still so many more I didn't list. I may have to post again!

Carla Swafford said...

I'm like Christy, I love lists!

1. Author whose books make you cry with emotion: I wouldn't say all of them as some have the sense of humor I love, but Linda Howard's Cry No More had me boo-hooing with bitter-sweet happiness.

2. Most suspenseful author. I would have to say Gayle Wilson. Her Only a Whisper and Bogeyman kept me on the edge of my seat for different reasons but basically due to the suspense. She's the mistress of it.

3. Funniest author. That can only be Peggy Webb. Love that woman and her books!!! I can't wait for her new Southern Cousin series with a Basset hound who believes he's Elvis.

4. Most romantic author. Superromance author Jeannie Watt's book The Horseman's Secret. You need to check her out.

5. Best paranormal writer. Sherrilyn Kenyon - you knew that was coming. I love her Dark Hunter books. Acheron's was so much SK at her best. I do have to mention Kare Marie Moning too. Love her newest series, Fever, fun, dark and so damn sexy.

6. Best storyteller: My dad. Though his stroke has stifled some of his tales, I know he'll recover and be back to telling me about his childhood and all my relatives.

7. Author who you have read every book they've written. Linda Howard.

I have to say I'm looking forward to increasing my lists of favorites. Kresley Cole and Jenna Black are two new ones I enjoy. And I'm looking forward to Susan Sizemore's next Prime series, Primal Needs. Like you, Mary, I can only think of paranormal authros. I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of and will have to add later.

SaturnMoonie said...

Ooh fun! I LOVE this question, ok here we go...

1.Kimberly Raye
2.Dean Koontz
3.Dakota Cassidy, and Katie McAlister (sorry I couldn't choose)
4.Jude Deveraux
5.OMG this is a toughie, I just got into so many new paranormal autors...hmm...guess I'll say Katie McAlister
6.Oh, this is super hard...but I'm saying Rachel Gibson
7.Rachel Gibson (I've got 1 more book to read out of 13)

Christy Reece said...

See, I told you I'd be back.

Author whose books make you cry with emotion:

Can't believe I didn't name this the first time, Carla! Linda Howard's Cry No More. I cried a river!

JoAnn said...

1. Fay Robinson's A MAN LIKE MAC had me boohooing up a storm. So sad that her life was cut short. She had a lot of great books in her, I know.

2. Elizabeth George doesn't really write suspense in the true sense of the word, but her mysteries are great.

3. Funniest? It's been a long time since I have laughed out loud while reading a book. But I did years ago when I read Dorothy Cannell's THE THIN WOMAN.

4. Most romantic: Hmmm. Probably Nora Roberts, especially the Born In series. (Would you agree, Naima? :-)

5. I have yet to explore the paranormal world, so I can't really comment on this one.

6. Best storyteller -- Herman Wouk.

7. Nora Roberts, Sue Grafton, Elizabeth George, P.D. James

Julie J. said...

1. Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and War and Peace both made me cry.
2. Daphne Du Maurier for Rebecca.
3. Georgette Heyer
4. Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught
5. I really don't ready paranormals. Sorry!
6. These are all great story tellers, but I also think J.R. Tolkien was one of the worlds greatest story tellers.
7. Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood and Phillipa Gregory. There could never be too many books from any of these women.