Jessica Faust posted a blog the other day which caught my imagination. If you could have dinner with any 4 authors, who would you choose? She admitted the idea was stolen from her client Jennifer Stanley and her Cozy Chicks blog, and I admit to continuing the "theft." But what a great idea. So here's my question: What four authors dead or alive would you want to have dinner with? And what would you serve?
Here are my picks:
Jane Austen - not only did she write some of my favourite books, but her skill at characterization -- particularly considering the restrictions placed on women in her day -- is second to none.
Julia Child - I'm a foodie, need I say more? Not only is she a female and a pioneer in the culinary world, but her life story is amazing. And maybe, while she's here, she can teach me to make the perfect omelet - a skill I cannot seen to master.
JK Rowling - anyone with an imagination like hers has to be an entertaining dinner guest. A rags to riches success story, I'd love to hear first hand how she found the motivation and strength to preserve through all the obstacles and emerge with her successful series.
Agatha Cristie - queen, empress, of the mystery. Whether it's a play or a book, Tommy and Tuppence, Miss Marple, or Hercule Poirot, she always manages to lure me in and lead me astray in my search for the culprit.
If one of them where unavailable, I'd invite Nicole Mones - her ability to weave story with sensory experience amazes me.
Can't you just imagine the conversation? I wonder what Jane would have to say about some of today's authors. Would Agatha approve of the graphic sex and language we write? I can only imagine.
And what would I serve? Something not too fussy (don't want to embarrass myself in front of Julia), but interactive. Maybe a beef fondue with several tasty dipping sauces, french bread (homemade, of course) and a nice Bordeaux wine. Fresh strawberries, with sour cream and brown sugar for dipping, would make a nice dessert.
What about you?