Authors Answer 69 & 70

Missed a week again, so double post today! Yet another family visit got in the way. I’ve also been feeling shit, but that’s no excuse because frankly, I’m still feeling shit. I hate having a cold I can’t seem to shift. At the moment I’m living on hot toddies and liquorice (or, when at work, coffee, since I’m not really allowed to slip some whisky into anything I drink at work).

Anyway, that’s all by the by – let’s have a look at this week’s questions!

AA 69: As a writer or blogger, what was the most unusual request or comment you’ve received?

Just as well this week is a double bill, because I have literally got nothing interesting to reply with. These days, the most unusual thing for me is to get a comment at all. I was rather hoping to get a few weirdos stalking me when I did my year of reading the Bible posts, but alas, I did not attract any religious nutjobs*.

Reading the replies by the other authors on Jay Dee’s blog, their audience seems to be as un-unusual as mine.

AA 70: If you could request any author to be a guest on Authors Answer, who would it be and why?

I’ve got three potential candidates for this. First of all, Robin Hobb, because I adore her Fitz and the Fool books, and on the one occasion I met her she was absolutely lovely.

Secondly, Scott Lynch, because anyone who can pour that much sarcasm into their books is automatically a massive hero of mine.

Thirdly, because there was no stipulation of plausibility, JRR Tolkien, because despite the fact that I (whisper it) do not think he was a very good writer, his influence on both myself and literature/the world in general is undeniably massive. Funnily enough the one thing I actually admire most about him is the fact that he was (apparently) a polyglot, and I’d love to find out how accurate that claim was. Case in point – my colleagues (being British and possibly genetically incapable of learning another language) always say things to me like ‘you speak a lot of languages’, while the reality is that I speak two languages fluently (Dutch and English), can hold a decent conversation in one more (German), can make myself understood in two or three beyond that (Italian, French and possibly Russian), and know a little bit about a lot of others (Norwegian, Spanish, Irish, Welsh, Greek, Turkish, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish, Czech, maybe Swedish). However, knowing a few words and a bit of grammar of a lot of languages does not a polyglot make. It’s all in the perception – to my colleagues the fact that I speak more than one language is in itself virtually inconceivable.

So those would be my three guests. See who others would pick in the original post.

*With which I do not mean to imply that all people following a religion are nutjobs – I was hoping to get nutjobs who happened to be of a religious persuasion. Just to make that clear.


4 thoughts on “Authors Answer 69 & 70

  1. Voirrey

    Both my husband and I* would agree with you about Tolkien; he had a real skill at world building, and real imagination for plot and invented history, but he was not a very good writer… No concept of how far you can see before the curvature of the world means the horizon stops you seeing any further, either 🙂
    * Sounds rather regal!

    1. Erica Dakin Post author

      I think the thing that bugs me most about his writing is the inconsistency of it – when there’s hobbits around it’s all twee and child-like, and then you get to the council of Elrond and you just want to kill yourself before you die of boredom! But yes, in worldbuilding he was first class.


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