Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Talking To The Past

Ever wonder why someone wrote what they wrote?

Ever wonder what Mark Twain’s days were like? Did he have days when he couldn’t write? What did he write on, where did he write and did he have a writing schedule?

What about Margaret Mitchell. Did she multi-task like most authors do? Did she go days without writing? Did she have certain times she wrote? Did she have a routine with her writing?

What about other authors that have influenced your love of reading and writing?

If you could have a conversation with an author from the past, who would it be
and why? Would there be a certain place you would want to meet and why?

Okay, time to do the happy dance!!! I have winners to announce for the recent audio book giveaways. Thanks to everyone who enter the contest. Now, drum roll please ……

The winners of the FEVER DREAM giveaway are Kathy R. of South Carolina,
Tracey B. of Alabama, and Karen K. of Pennsylvania.

Winners of the INNOCENT giveaway are Sherrill C. of Ohio, Molly W. of Ohio, and Karen G. of Utah.

Winners of the PUT ON YOUR CROWN giveaway are Eleanor H. of Pennsylvania, Christy H. of Utah, and Dru L. of New York.

Winners of the MOMENT OF GLORY giveaway are Dawn M. of Oklahoma, Elise R. of California, and Sean P. of Ontario.

Winners of the LIVE LONG, FINISH STRONG giveaway are Cindy W. of Indiana, Neljo M. of Tennessee, and Ann M. of Mississippi.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks again to everyone who entered the contest.

Now, what author would you be having a conservation with right now if you could?


  1. Mason - Congratulations to all your winners!

    Now, to your question. If I could have a conversation with any writer, it would be with Agatha Christie. I'm such an admirer of hers that I would love to know more about how she wrote, how she dealt with "writer's block," criticism, and lots more. What an interesting question!! : )

  2. I would choose a dead author and Mark Twain would be the one. I read most of his works in high school. I remember one of his quotes, "I never let my education get in the way of my learning."

    Stephen Tremp

  3. I would love to talk with Pearl S. Buck because I read some of her work and it would be a honor to hear what she had to say about writing.

    Congrats to all the winner and thanks.

  4. I'd love to have a deep conversation with Richard Bach ... my all time fave spiritual/inspirational author. As for why do writer write what they write, my fave quote is, and forgot who wrote this, but:

    "Why do writers write? Because it's not there!"

  5. Being a past winner, you do feel the happy dance when you win! Congrats to your winners.

    Since I get to talk with modern day authors through blogging (and read great interviews), I would opt to talk to two of my homeboys. Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I would want to meet at their homes and be the bad guest and never leave. Of course, I visit Laura's home nearly every year. The caretakers of the estate always make me leave. How rude.

    They both have different styles. But, I would start in MO.

  6. One of my favorite books is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It's such a celebration of life and summer, so as summer gets under way, I think I'd talk to Bradbury.

  7. Tera Patrick recently released her autobiography...I think she would make for great conversation! :)

  8. I would choose Mark Twain also. I've read his biography and watched movies about him and think it would be awesome to just converse with him!

    I have been saying this at every site I've visited today: It's so good to be back! CCP will be online tomorrow with a new post but I thought I'd get my feet wet and visit a few blogs today. I sure have missed everyone!

  9. I would love to have a conversation with Shakespeare. I want to know what he really was thinking.

    Did you really mean what my high school teacher thinks you mean or were you just having a bad writing day?


  10. I'd love to talk to Virginia Woolf!

    Congrats to the winners of the contests!

  11. Congratulations to the winners!

    Oh, I think I'm going to have to join Margot in naming Agatha Christie as the person I'd like to talk to. Wouldn't it be great if she had a blog? :)

  12. What an interesting idea, but a tough one for me to answer. I think it would be fun to lunch with Mark Twain, Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But then again, I like Clarissa’s idea of Shakespeare. Then I could find out if he really had a ghostwriter or not:)

  13. Congrats to all the winners :)

    There are 2 authors I'd love to talk to: Agatha Christie and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Both my childhood idols. :)

  14. I'd love to talk with Jane Austen and Edgar Allen Poe. How's that for opposites? But both wrote classic stories that have stood the test of time.

  15. Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been around today - work. :(

    I think everyone has selected great authors. Can you image all of them in one room? Now that would be awesome.

    Crystal, I'm so glad to see you back. You've been missed.

  16. Congrats to all the winners.

    Hmm. I think I'd talk to Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe. Very different from each other, and yet...who knows, perhaps not so different.

    Straight From Hel

  17. Congrats to the winners. Sounds like fun. I'll join in next time.

    I'd love to have a conversation with John Irving. What a wonderful way with words....

  18. Congrats everybody!

    The author I'd love to chat with right now is Robert Heinlein. He wrote and lived with conviction and has one heck of an imagination.

  19. Yay! I'm so excited that I won one of your great giveaways! I'm not sure which author I would want to talk to, but Mark Twain's autobiography will be out this fall.

  20. I would 100% talk to Margaret Mitchell. But I wouldn't ask her about writing. (I'm pretty sure it would have annoyed her, though she'd have never showed it.) Instead, I'd talk with her about literature and her journalism career. Then I'd suggest we put on a play, like she did as a child. I'd ask her about life in the twenties, and I'd definitely talk with her about Atlanta and the Civil War.

    In answer to your questions: She usually wrote in the morning, while her husband was at work. They reviewed the day's writing at night. She didn't like to talk about it and always dropped a towel over the Remington when she had visitors--so they wouldn't ask about the novel. She went great periods without writing, usually when people were ill and she had to help them out.

    - Corra

    the victorian heroine

  21. Hi Mason .. first congratulations on Stephen's award .. secondly .. I'd love to go back to see each event I write about & those many I have here to do .. and see really what the situation was - but I'd rather be living today, thank you!

    Leonardo da Vinci - interests me .. as do all polymaths .. just wish I had that brain capacity and understanding! I'd be on the outside looking in ..

    Enjoy the weekend - Hilary

  22. My copy of Fever Dream came today! Thanks so much!


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