1) Donna Jo Napoli. She's a graduate of Harvard (mathematics and Romance languages) and got a degree in linguistics from MIT. She is now a professor of linguistics...somewhere in Pennsylvania, I think? I'm not sure. I think she does workshops for writers, which is more than a lot of authors do. She also happens to be my favorite author and has been for many years. I've never met her, and I don't know very much about her, but I know that she is the most stylistically perfect writer I've ever had the good fortune to read. And I hope that someday, I do get to meet her. (And maybe attend one of her workshops. I'd probably leave crying, but it would be a good kind of crying. The kind you look back upon fondly later.)
2) Rick Riordan. I know he's too busy to function, but I'm such a fangirl, I can't help but put him on my list. I think he has a mad good understanding of pacing, which is something I struggle with regularly. He is also brilliant at dialogue and voice. I've (kind of) met him in person, and he seems really nice. I guess all authors must try to seem that way while on tour, but he used to be a high school teacher so he can't be a total hermit, right? High school teachers also understand...you know...feedback. So he'd probably offer good advice. In my hypothetical dream world, of course. Like I said...too popular to function. Anyone who has that much love for Greek mythology though--I think we can get along.
...And now, I am apartment-hunting with my future roomies so pray that the rain stops and wish me luck!
I'll post next week's order when I get back.
*Edit* No sorry, I was not apartment-hunting for a day and a half, I just forgot about this shindig. :-( But here it is:
Tuesday: Somewhere Nowhere In My Kingdom
Wednesday: Flames and Shadows
Thursday: Girl With A Notebook
Friday: Sometimes Helpful Nonsense