Sunday, August 28, 2016

SFF: The 5 Authors You Wouldn't Mind Having as Your Teacher

Sunday Fun Five #61:

#50: The 5 Résumé-Worthy Talents of the Average Book Blogger

A Countdown of

The 5 Authors You Wouldn't Mind Having as Your Teacher

5. Dean Koontz, author of the Odd Thomas series
Dean Koontz is an incredibly prolific author- we need to tap that energy to see if writing quickly is a teachable skill.

4. Alice Hoffman, author of The Dovekeepers and Second Nature
Something about Alice Hoffman's prose just strikes me every time I read it. I'd choose her for a teacher because she has a distinct style, and likely could help me nurture my own.

3. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series
Maybe it's just because she wrote about a magical school (with quite a variety of teachers) but I don't think J.K. Rowling would be hard to learn from.

2. Robin McKinley, author of The Hero and the Crown and Sunshine
Robin McKinley's worldbuilding fascinates me, as she manages to create new animals and plants in her Damar books, and not leave the books feeling clunky for it. I think she would make an excellent teacher for how to manage fantasy worldbuilding.

1. Stieg Larsson, author of the Millenium series
I promised myself I wouldn't put any deceased authors on this list, but when it comes to Stieg Larsson I can't help myself- I usually hate thrillers, but I ended up loving his Millenium series. If he could teach me to write an unputdownable book, I'm sure I could revive him.

Which authors would you like to learn from? Who was/is your favorite real life teacher?


  1. After reading JKR's The Casual Vacancy I think she would make a fabulous Sociology teacher. I think Robert Levy who wrote The Glittering World would teach a mean Psychology class, and of course Kurt Vonnegut would be my pick for a Creative Writing professor. I have to get my Alice Hoffman books read! I have only read her Middle Grade book. I started reading Practical Magic a few years ago, but it was when I first split wuth Sebastian's father, and most library books went back unfinished because of all the chaos. Ha ha. I reread a lot of books I already owned at that time because there was no clock ticking. Which was a good thing. Have you read any of the Practical Magic books?

    1. I haven't read Casual Vacancy yet, but Cuckoo's Calling is gracing my shelf of books to read. I think my favorite of Alice Hoffman's is The Dovekeepers or Turtle Moon- she has a lot of different books I've liked, though. I read and liked Practical Magic, but other people seem to like it more than I did- I like it when she has more animals in her books.
      Thanks for stopping by and adding your choices, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle


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