The first time I really thought about a writer's style was when I read Gypsy Rizka. I'd checked the book out of my library based entirely on the front cover, and never bothered to check the writer's name. Halfway through the first chapter I thought to myself, hmmm, sounds an awfully lot like Lloyd Alexander. I looked at the flyleaf and saw that it was indeed written by him. :)
Once I realized nobody could write like Lloyd Alexander except him, I did a very brave thing. I wrote a letter asking if he'd consider writing a story based on Norse myths and (here's the brave part) actually mailed it. I didn't mention that I wanted to be a writer myself because I was afraid he'd say `then why don't you write a book based on Norse myths instead of bothering me about it?'
Lloyd Alexander wrote back. He seemed happy to have heard from me. He even promised to think about writing a book based on Norse Mythology. I'm sure he did think about it, too, though he never actually wrote one. He died a few years later. I'm grateful that I worked up the courage to write to him before he passed away.
Hmm... maybe I picked the wrong title for my blog. This post has nothing to do with fairytales, though its certainly rambling enough. So, does anyone else have a hero you're glad you talked too (or never had a chance to talk to?) What authors would you recognize, even if their names never appeared on the work?