Thursday, October 27, 2011

How to Judge an Author IV

I asked my kids what kinds of books the following authors write, and here are their entertaining answers...What does she write? *very sure* Fantasy, for YA. She looks pretty, and pretty/young go with romance authors, but her hair doesn't say romance, and she doesn't look weird enough to be a science fiction author, or mean enough to write horror. Here, I am thinking twice because my daughter knows enjoyed writing a short horror story recently. Hm. Anyway, this is Kate Messner, the author of middle grade novels The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z and Sugar and Ice.

*I show her the picture* Ooooooooo, um...romance. YA. Why's that? Because she looks like a magazine cover and people who write romance sometimes do. This is Cynthea Liu, author of the middle grade novel Paris Pan Takes the Dare, which I haven't read yet, but it's on my TBR. I wonder if this MG has romance. Cynthea also helps aspiring authors through her book Writing for Children and Teens.

How about this one. What does she write? Hm. I don't know. Let's go with autobiography. Why? I bet she...would write a book about herself, *laughs* because she took time to go to a portrait studio to take a picture of just her with that blue lighting, black shirt, and her hair set just so. Good one. This is Katherine Hannigan, author of Ida B, one of my all time, favorite middle grade stories. I guess it could be a secret autobiography, you know? Did Katherine put a lot of herself into Ida B? I wonder.

And last, but most surely not least...How about this guy? *laughs* Horror, for adults, *waits, scrunches face* but the way his eyebrows go up, I'm unsure 'cuz that's what a nice guy would do - not horror. He could be a mystery writer. Think of the Clue game. I can imagine one like him smoking a cigar. Does one of the Clue characters actually smoke? I'd have to get it out to see. We all know this guy! CS Lewis, famous for many books, but most of all The Chronicles of Narnia.

13 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

Love these answers. Very cute.

Mohamed Mughal said...

Fascinating study! Now if you show them my picture and asked what kinds of books does he write, I'm sure they'd say "Weird books." And they'd be right.

Faith E. Hough said...

I enjoy these posts so much. I actually recognized all the authors this time, so the answers especially made me laugh... I'm going to have to send my author photo to you for them to analyze when I have a contract someday...:)

KarenG said...

This makes me very nervous about what your kids would have said about my author photo. They probably aren't familiar with women's fiction genre. They would have said, "Probably mysteries because she looks like a witch."

Leslie Rose said...

What a blast! I found myself guessing before I peeked at the answers.

Julie Jarnagin said...

That's so interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Shelley Sly said...

Hehe. These were funny answers. :) Sorry if I missed these posts before. I never really thought to analyze a writer's genre based on their hair or whether or not they have a picture taken in a studio. Pretty neat.

AmieSalmon said...

That's so cute and funny. Great post to read at the end of my Friday night =]

Susan Oloier said...

Adorable post! I love what kids come up with.

Susanne Drazic said...

Interesting blog post and answers.

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Catherine Lavoie said...

Your kids are hilarious! Love these posts! :) Thanks for introducing me to a bunch of new writers! :)

Al said...

I recognised CS Lewis

Clover Autrey said...

These are hilarious. I'd be scared to know what they'd say about me.