When I was younger, if I was ever asked “Who’s your favourite author?” I would have absolutely no problem listing a few favourites: Gordon Korman, Andrew Clements, J.K. Rowling (obviously), but nowadays I think I would have a harder time answering that question.
It’s not that I don’t admire many authors, but sometimes I do find it difficult to choose a favourite. Can debut authors become favourite authors? What if you loved one book by one author, but didn’t like their other books? Can they still count as favourites? Or maybe “favourite author” means that you are willing to give their new book a chance whether or not you enjoyed their previous book.
Authors I would consider as favourites:
- Emma Healey, because I loved the way she wrote her debut novel Elizabeth is Missing and will happily read her next book.
- Radhika Sanghani, because she has an awesome twitter page and wrote the hilarious and necessary Virgin.
- Sophie Kinsella, because even though her fiction isn’t for everyone, reading her books is always a fun experience and I will give anything she writes a try, even if they don’t end up being my favourites.
- Oscar Wilde, because The Picture of Dorian Gray reminded me of how much I love reading and English literature and I would have loved to meet him in real life.
- David Foster Wallace, because I read a few of his short story collections at a very specific time in my life and I will always look back on them fondly.
- Gordon Korman, Andrew Clements, and J.K. Rowling, because childhood favourites stay with you all your life.
What do you think? How do you figure out whether someone is your favourite author or not? Do you have a favourite author? (And if so, who is it?)