Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who's Your Author Hero?

You like games, don’t you? Great. Let’s play one now. Can you guess who my author hero is?

First of all, I should explain that I have two author heroes, but I’ve mentioned one of them before. He’s the oh-so-famous Stephen King. The strange thing about this revelation is that I’m not a huge fan of his writing. He’s hit and miss for me. Although I must say The Stand is one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, if I’m not that into his writing, why is he my hero? Because he started from nothing and basically took over the horror genre. Is that amazing or what? Not to mention he used to be a teacher, so we have that in common. Plus, he has overcome so much like addiction and a major car accident, but none of that has stopped him from doing what he loves: scaring the crap out of people. Heck, he has even starred in a few movies based on his novels. How cool is that?

However, I have another author hero. Let’s see if you can figure out who she is. Here are a few hints:

-She’s a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
-Her fifth completed manuscript is the one that sold.
-She has five children. (Maybe that’s her lucky number?)
-Growing up, she immerged herself in books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul. (I swear this woman’s my mother. Just kidding.)
-She took the FBI Citizens Academy course. (Man, would I love to do that!!!)
-She’s a master at suspense.
-Her books are romantic thrillers and supernatural thrillers.
-Somehow she manages to find time to write three books a year and still have a life. (Where does this woman get the energy?)

I think I’ve given you enough clues. Who’s my female author hero? Who’s yours?


  1. I have no idea. I guess I need to put more supernatural thrillers on my bookshelf, huh? :)

  2. I'm clueless on your hero. Mine are Jane Austin (I know, cliche) and C.S. Lewis (we named our son after one of his Narnia characters).
    Winged Writer

  3. I've no idea who she is, but I am woefully ignorant about romantic suspense; something I intend to remedy.

    My female author hero? Elizabeth George.

    Thanks so much for deciding to follow my blog!

  4. Hmmm, is it Catherine Coulter or Sue Grafton? Not sure. Maybe Jayne Anne Krantz?

    My female author hero is Cornelia Funke.

  5. No idea I'm afraid!

    I admire Timothy Zahn and Terry Brooks.

  6. Oh, you devil, you! What a question! I love Gregory Maguire, Michael Cox, Kenneth Oppel, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens...I could go on and on! So many wonderful authors!

    xoxo -- Hilary

  7. My female author hero is Jane Yolen. She has mastered many genres and perfected poetry.

  8. J.K Rowling for her commitment to telling her story even if it took more than 10 years.

    Stephen King is on my list as well.

  9. Stephen King would be top on my list, for most of the same reasons you've listed. If you haven't got The Dome yet, it's one of his good ones. I'm about a third of the way in now.

    I can honestly say, I don't know much about the other authors I read, but writing wise Dean Koontz is a good one.

    I have no idea who you hero is, but I look forward to finding out.

  10. I'd guess your hero is J.D. Robb, but frankly I'm none too sure.

    I don't know who my Author Hero is, but I know I very much admire Jane Austen. I don't care how cliche that might sound, she's just that good.

  11. lynnette you got me, I would think Nora Roberts, but maybe Ann Rice?

    I have a special surprise for you waiting on my blog as well.

  12. No clue, but my first thought was Mary Higgins Clark because she had 5 kids, dead husband, house, job, early mornings, longing to write, and did it. But, she came before SK. Maya Angelou inspires. I also love Sue Grafton.

  13. I have no clue. If I were to take a random and useless shot in the dark, I'd say Dawn Brown, the only other suspense author I know of (except for Stephen King of course). Tell! Must know!

  14. The fabulous Allison Brennan? And if that's who you're talking about, I don't know where she gets her energy either. She's amazing!

    My hero? Ack! That's so hard! Probably Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine when it comes to straight mysteries. But there are so many writers I admire. John Irving takes my breath away.

  15. I'm not a Stephen King fan (please no lightening bolts) so I don't know who your hero is. Mine changes with the wind. I love whoever my favorite book is for the time. Predictable kind of whim for me but hey it works.

  16. I've never thought about author heroes before. I certainly have no idea who yours is (though she sounds amazing) but I'm going to have to put some thought into my own as well!

  17. Congrats VR Barkowski! You guessed my female author hero. Isn't Allison Brennan amazing?

    The rest of you have some very interesting author heros. I guess I'll have to check some of them out. Thanks.

    Lynnette Labelle