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September 2 question – If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?
My ideal Beta Readers,
Would you be so kind as to become my beta readers ? For those of you who are gone from this physical world, please send me your muse and accumulated expertise.
Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson for your gut writing of poetry, your mastery of putting emotions into words.
Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robertson Davies and Robert Merle, for your unbelievable ability to weave tales, realistic or fantasy.
Umberto Eco, for your unfathomable knowledge about a large spectrum of subjects including your expertise for finding rare gems in different languages.
Asimov, to help me get things right in science-fiction.
For those of you, still among us, would you please sit by my side on the couch and read over my shoulder, nudging me, or slapping my wrist, when necessarily. Any merited praise would be welcome, by the way…
Billy Collins for your ability to surprise, enchant and offer matter to think about in poetry.
John Irving, for your rare way of writing your novels from last chapter to first. For your extraordinary wealth of settings, characters and twists which make your stories unforgettable. Rereading your books regularly enables to enjoy, again and again, the pleasure of being caught by surprise, once more.
Alexander Mc Call Smith for your mastery of dialogue in simple day-to-day situations which invariably reveal wells of wisdom, from Africa to Scotland.
David Lodge for your your limitless humour and your mastery of Academia.
Hubert Reeves, for your up-to-date knowledge of science and philosophical possibilities.
Paul Auster for your magical atmospheres and deep emotions rendered through carefully picked language.
Margaret Atwood for both your short stories and novels which spin spell-bounding tales, reminding us, for better or for worse, what it is to be human.
Thank you for your time and interest. Please drop me a note. Wishing you a beautiful Indian Summer of inspiring writing.
Book Review to come in October:
More inspiring settings:
my farmhouse and surroundings in the Dordogne.
my childhood village , Chambourcy, Ile de France, outskirts of Paris.