This is SO TRUE.

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J. D. Salinger

I feel like this all the time with Stephen King, especially after reading 11/22/63. All the little nods to other books—Christine and It mostly—were awesome to see. I’m dying to meet him and be his best friend. (Reminds me of how my mom always told me that when she was younger she was in love with David Cassidy, and how she always “knew” that if they met he would just love her right off the bat. I am not in love with Stephen King, but I do like to think he’d find me interesting and want to have a conversation with me.)

But really, I feel like this all the time. Mostly with Stephen King, but sometimes with Dean Koontz and even Jane Austen. I feel like I know them through their writing, and they seem awesome and I wish I could be friends with all of them. I want to go back and talk to them about their thought processes as they were writing, and if the way I feel about their characters is the way they intended or if I see something that they hadn’t meant to do. Oh man, I really need to meet Stephen King. Anyone know how I can do that???

What authors do you wish were your friends? Do you ever get the urge to find one and give them a wink and an elbow nudge and say “I see what you did there”?

Thanks to Trish at Desktop Retreat for posting this awesome quotation! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “This is SO TRUE.

  1. I thought some about this when I read King’s introduction to The Stand. One thing King said was that The Stand was not his favorite book that he wrote, but that it’s one that’s popular with his fans. King also said that people talk to him as if the characters in The Stand are real-life people!

    • Yes! I think of them as real life people sometimes. I think Dean Koontz also once said that he’s gotten questions about “what happened” to characters after the end of a book. That’s true talent, I think–to make people care about your characters enough that they want to know what happened to them later!

  2. Hey, thanks for the link 🙂 It’s a great quote, isn’t it?! I would LOVE to chat with Steven King – have you read his writing memoir ‘On Writing’? It’s fun and chatty just as if he’s having a conversation only with you. I’d also love to be friends and have conversations with John Steinbeck, Barbara Kingsolver, and Cormac McCarthy. Would be so cool . . .

    • I haven’t read On Writing yet. I’m dying to, though. I’ve heard SO many great things about it! I just love the way he writes–just like you said, like he’s having a conversation with you. That’s something I love about C. S. Lewis too, in the Narnia series.

  3. We use the “would you like to have them over for dinner” test. King would certainly pass that test.

    Also, I’ve listened to a couple of collections on audio-book and he has always read the introductions himself. I love the way that he comes across and describes the writing (and reading) experience.

    • One of the best things about King I think is that you WOULD want to have him over for dinner–he’s not nearly as “creepy” as people would think. I’ve read a bunch of articles about him who laud him for just being a “normal guy.” So glad he’s not one of the creepy eccentric ones…I think that would ruin the fun. I just have to find a way to meet him someday.

    • I actually had to read your “about” section to get that–I haven’t read much Salinger myself–but that’s awesome! Very impressive list of qualifications 🙂 Thanks for the comment and for following!

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