Authors Answer 2 – Guilty Pleasure

Jay Dee Archer (I Read Encyclopedias for Fun) asked authors, “Is there an author who is often criticised that you love to read? Who is it?” Their replies are interesting…

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

The first Authors Answer was a big success! Thanks to everyone who’s contributing, and thanks for all of you who joined in the discussion.  This is pretty fun.  But now, we have our second question.

twilightQuestion 2: Is there an author who is often criticised that you love to read? Who is it?

Paul B. Spence

Robert Heinlein — He is often criticized as being sexist and racist, but most people just don’t understand that he was writing satire/exaggeration to make a point rather than presenting those things as good/right.  Books like I Will See No Evil explore gender roles Heinlein had strong, intelligent female characters such as Pee Wee from Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, and multi-ethnic protagonists such as Johnnie Rico from Starship Troopers, who is Puerto Rican.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I would say two fit this bill for different reasons.  The first is an almost guilty pleasure…

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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