This month’s prompt was: “If you could co-write a book with one author–living or not–who would it be and what would the book be about?”
Sorry to disappoint, but that truly is remarkably easy.
I would write it with Dorothy L. Sayers, if she’d let me. This is because she was a brilliant woman, who wrote one of the most comprehensible radio plays I have ever heard: namely, The Man Born To Be King. Now, as everybody knows, the whole point of fiction is to create memorable characters – you don’t have people worth meeting, you don’t have a story worth reading. Miss Sayers created no less than 47 such characters, at a conservative estimate: Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Charles Parker, Salcombe Hardy (who I am inexplicably fond of), Mervyn Bunter (naturally) the Dowager Duchess, Bredon Wimsey, Lord ‘Gherkins’ St. George, and of course a host of gloriously complex and believable villains…
What? You haven’t heard of Lord Peter Wimsey? You have not lived.
Also, I would choose Miss Sayers because we would argue very little about the philosophical implications of the plot, both of us being professing – and at least moderately orthodox – Protestant Christians.
What would we write? Ah, that would be telling. But I will anyway, because, should I be impertinent enough to write anything of the sort without Miss Sayers’ sublime intervention, I want you to read it. Please.
I seem to recall that in Whose Body?, Lord Peter noted that an excellent way of killing a cabbie would be to give him a dud half-crown, made from a thin sheet of gold wrapped around a lethal pellet of arsenic. When the cabbie bit the coin to test its genuineness… you get me?
Of course, I am currently entirely lacking a motive, a murderer, and therefore a mystery, but it is a good starting place, n’est-ce pas?
Actually, to avoid the inevitable pitfall involved in writing Lord Peter for any length of time, namely, that of getting his voice all wrong – Jill Paton Walsh has slipped up twice in two full-length novels, and she’s a professional, so what hope have I? – I planned to let Bredon solve the mystery. There have been exactly one short story and three chapters of a novel written about him to date, so… well, in fanfiction circles we call this “free game.”
Shall we see what the others on the chain have said?
10th – [Andrea. No link for her yet.]
18th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)
P.S. this person chose a writer I would love to have cribbed for myself, but… you’ll have to let them tell you about it because they got in first!