Reader Friday: Ask One Question to Any Author (Alive or Dead)

If you could ask any author (alive or dead) one question, what would it be and who would you ask?

I’d love to chat with Edgar Allan Poe. A palpable sadness bleeds through his writing. It’s no secret tragedy followed him throughout his life, but his story still seems incomplete.

Asking him only one question might be near-impossible for me. πŸ˜‰


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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as β€œBest 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (2018-2021). She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" 2013-2021). Sue lives with her husband and two spoiled guinea pigs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and true crime/narrative nonfiction (Rowman & Littlefield). And recently, she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series Storm of Suspicion, and will be a panelist at the 2021 New England Crime Bake. Learn more about Sue and her books at

16 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Ask One Question to Any Author (Alive or Dead)

  1. What a great question, Sue.While I’d love to ask William Shakespeare, “Is it really you writing all these plays?” I’m afraid I might get an answer like, “Thou wimpled ill-breeding pignut!”

    I might choose William Sydney Porter (better known as O. Henry) who was wildly popular in his day and published hundreds of stories. I’d ask, “How do you come up with all those twist endings?”

  2. Oh, mine isn’t a writerly question, but I have long been envious (okay, insanely jealous) of the fact that Zane Grey roamed Arizona extensively in the early 1900’s before a hundred million people moved here. I’m dying to hear about the Arizona he saw and experienced. In any case, I do hope I’ll meet him one day so I can thank him for writing such wonderful books, including my favorite of all time.

  3. I’d like to ask Yukio Mishima how come he was so screwed up and reflected that so well in his novels.

  4. Okay, I’d ask Edgar Allan Poe, if you had known how important your body of work became to so many of us, would you change or add anything to your collection?

  5. Oscar Wilde. I’d ask him what he was thinking about. I’m sure he could talk for hours and every moment would be entertaining.

  6. I would ask Margaret Mitchell if she would have rather written twelve very good novels, or just the one super fantastic novel.

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