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One Question For 10 Famous Authors

Today’s post is kind of like my 20 Questions series, but with more of a specific focus.

If you could ask a famous author one question, what would you ask him or her? It’s that simple.

To get things rolling, I’ll start with questions I would ask to 10 famous authors (either dead or alive):

Harper Lee: Why didn’t you ever write another novel?

Anthony Burgess: Do you wish you would have insisted the American publisher leave in the final chapter of A Clockwork Orange?

David Foster Wallace: Why?

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Your thoughts on Leo Dicaprio as Gatsby?

Kazuo Ishiguro: Which future is more likely—the future portrayed in Never Let Me Go or the future portrayed in Orwell’s 1984?

Joseph Heller: Can we be best friends?

Ian McEwan: Did the potential of becoming a Hollywood script in any way affect how you wrote the story and plot twists in Atonement?

Ralph Ellison: See my question for Harper Lee.

J.R.R. Tolkien: When did the idea for Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings initially strike you? And how did you execute that idea? (Okay, that’s two questions)

Cormac McCarthy: Why did The Judge have to kill the puppy in Blood Meridian?

I might be on to something here. What author could turn down a one-question interview? Who doesn’t have time for that?

If you could ask a famous author one question, who would you ask and what would you ask them?

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Ambitious Endeavors and commented:
    There are tons of questions I would ask some of the more famous writers (dead or alive). Here is an awesome blog that show a few questions that could be asked.


    November 16, 2012
  2. To Mildred D. Taylor I would ask if we could share and compare stories about family and land.
    To J.K. Rowling I would ask for such a brilliant writer and after writing an excellent series why did it seem like she rushed through the “19 Years Later” section of the last book. I would have liked to know what happened to Luna, Dean, Seamus, and the rest of the Weasleys.


    November 16, 2012
    • Yes, where are the Weasleys these days?


      November 16, 2012
  3. Rita Bellinger #

    Reblogged this on The Wordy Photographer.


    November 16, 2012
  4. I second the DFW question. I just finished the bio and I still want to know why.


    November 16, 2012
  5. I don’t think we should ask DFW that question. What if his answer turned out to be boring and disappointing. I don’t need to know why. 🙂


    November 17, 2012
  6. Reblogged this on Books to Mark and commented:
    What would your guys’ questions be? I think I would ask F. Scott Fitzgerald how he managed to write such lasting pieces just to pay the bills…


    November 17, 2012
  7. I’d like to ask Stephenie Meyer, “Why, oh why did you feel it necessary to write this ilk?”


    November 18, 2012
  8. I’d like to ask Enid Blyton what kind of books she would write these days when most kids wear hoodies and spit in the street.


    November 27, 2012
  9. I’d ask C.S. Lewis what he intended in writing “That Hideous Strength”. The book is such that every single line feels as if it was intended to accomplish something


    November 29, 2012

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