Please send me:
James Patterson’s sales
P. D. James’s longevity
Charlaine Harris’s smile
David Morrell’s wisdom
Louise Penny’s powers of description
Daphne du Maurier’s sense of drama
Otto Penzler for a mentor
Sue Grafton’s pacing
Dashiell Hammett’s clarity
Laura Lippman’s awards
Agatha Christie’s productivity
Graham Greene’s brains
Harlan Coben’s charm
Nora Roberts/J.D. robb’s sex-writing skills
Jim Thompson’s bloodlust
Mary Higgins Clark’s fan base
J. A. Konrath’s promotion savvy
Oprah for my BFF
Sara Paretsky’s sense of place
Jan Burke’s forensic science knowledge
and Elmore Leonard’s (metaphorical) balls
If all that is too much to ask, please just send an elephant to sit on me so I’ll stay put and finish my next book.
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Awesome. Clearing the mantle now!
You forgot to say, send me Kim Kardashian’s hair. Elton John’s flair. Christina Aguilara’s voice. And Ellen Degeneres’s charisma.
Oh, wait a sec. Yours are all literary. Hmmm.
OK, then, send me JD Salinger’s “voice”. And his willingness to stick his ass in a chair and let nobody, not journalists, townsfolk, wife or even kids, wrestle him away from the typewriter. Now that guy knew how to stay in one spot!
No, I don’t think you’ve forgotten a thing. Excellent!
Love this list! I’ll have to come up with one — umm, Flannery O’Connor’s sense of humor, Mary Karr’s flair, Sue Kaufman’s voice . . . there’s more, I’m sure!