Come on, admit it: you really, really want to date a writer, right?
I mean really, who wouldn’t? Unless, of course, you trust the likes of Chuck Wendig to tell you exactly why and how we are absolutely insane.
Or, you could check in with Charles Warnke, a young man with an incredible take on the romantic lives of those who read. (btw, this man is young enough to be my son and yet I have *such* a fangirl crush on him. I might to have to start stalking him soon. Someone might want to warn him. Apparently, he lives in the next town over.)
But seriously, if you can look past the unwashed hair, the deadline funk, the desperate gleam in our eyes when we’ve been spending waaaay too much time with the imaginary voices in our heads...we’re awfully interesting. And how cool would it be to bring an author home and say no, he has no means of support but he’s in the Library of Congress! Or to bring an author to a crowded cocktail party and ask her, loudly, what's the best way to kill someone with a shrimp cocktail?
So I asked around, and came up with a short list of good lines to try if you’re trying to pick up an author...or at least to get the conversational ball rolling:
1) Personally, I don’t think genre fiction gets the respect it deserves.
2) I’m going to assign your books as required reading in my class of 500 students.
3) I may be old fashioned, but good spelling and grammar turns me on.
4) What’s your opinion of the semi colon versus the dash? (insert ellipses, etc.)
5) You need a new plot for your next book. Let me introduce you to it, right here.
6) I think reading glasses are sexy.
7) Did you hear about that mummified body in the locked room? How d'ya suppose it got there? (substitute any appropriately gruesome crime here)
8) How many synonyms can you think of for “walked”?
9) Want me to bring you food and drink and take care of all the housework and not let anyone talk to you for a week while you’re on deadline?
10) Good Lord. Joe Konrath. There are no words.
How about you all? Think of any good pick up lines for the next time you're in a bar crowded with authors? (read: just about any genre lit conference.) I'd love to hear them!
Maybe I'll collect them all and write a book.