Saturday, May 31, 2008


I was tagged by Kathleen's Book Reviews for the Author meme, so here goes:

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

Wow, it's hard to pick just one. I really love Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. She is a British writer who has a wonderful historical series (called The Morland Dynasty) of about thirty six books, so far, all about one family and their estate in York, England. If you have ever been to a lovely old manor house and thought that if the house could talk, what tales it could tell, this is the series for you. The series begins in around 1400 with the first book, The Founding. The latest book takes place in World War I and there will be several more. The author plans to take the series up through WWII. Her characters are so engaging and her descriptions are wonderful. This is one of the few authors where I run right out and purchase the next book the second it comes out. In hardback. For full price. (I'm a tightwad, this is saying alot!)

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?

My first favorite author was Carolyn Haywood. She had several series and my elementary school library had most of them. My favorite were her Betsy books: Betsy and the Boys, Betsy and Little Star, Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick, Betsy and Billy. Betsy was the oldest child with just one younger sister (just like me). I loved them and read every one. I wouldn't say that Carolyn Haywood is among my favorite authors now, but I would recommend them to anyone with a six or seven year old child.

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

My most recent discovery is Dorothy Dunnett. She writes very detailed historical novels that have great political and cultural underpinnings. She is probably among the most literate and intelligent historical novelists, not to mention the most historically accurate. You really have to pay attention when reading her books and sometimes you still feel that you have missed something. But they are wonderful, complex and interesting.

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth George, Elizabeth Peters, Colleen McCullough's Ancient Rome series, Sarah Donati, Diana Gabaldon, Pauline Gedge, Manda Scott, Jules Watson, Margaret George. And C.S. Lewis, I've read everything he wrote, including the letters and diaries. Those are probably my favorite of his writings.

5. Tagged

Rules: Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the Author questions, tag some people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

You can respond, or not, no problem!

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Jacquie Reaville (The Book Imp) said...

Thanks for the tag, I'll do it tomorrow, after writing 4 reviews tonight my brain has turned to mush LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I'll have to try some Dorothy Dunnett, she sounds good :) Thanks for participating!

The Tome Traveller said...

Four reviews in one night! I can't even manage one a day. That's fantastic.

Jacquie Reaville (The Book Imp) said...

Well it was the end of May and I wanted to start fresh for June. Sorry it took so long had a bit of a family thing going on but anyway. I did the author tag if you want to take a look All About Authors

Anonymous said...

Hey, I finally did it.

Thank you!!

Thank you to Beth at Beth Fish Reads and to The Blogger Guide for helping me to customize my template and to Andrea at The Little Bookworm for improving my header!!

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