Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Dream Author Panel

Calling all bookworms! How many of you have ever attended a conference or convention where there was a panel of authors talking about their books and answering questions? Have you ever considered who YOU might want on a dream panel of authors? Can you imagine how amazing it would be to choose your favorite authors to participate in YOUR very own dream panel?

I hadn't given this much thought until I was contacted recently by Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform that helps people find and plan events. And for those of us who are bookworms, they help readers connect with authors through bookish events. Every year, there are awesome conventions around the country where readers and fans are able to connect with their favorite authors. In fact, May 2nd through May 8th, I'll be in Atlanta at the RT Booklovers Convention. I'll be signing books, participating in author panels, and hosting a YA slumber party with other fabulous YA authors. If you live in the area, you should come and see me!

Anyhoo, Eventbrite is currently doing a special project and asking bloggers to share their dream panel of authors. And when they asked if I would be interested in participating, I, of course, was excited to take part! Who wouldn't want to participate in such a cool project? I may be an author myself, but I still consider authors to be like rock stars, and like many readers out there, I have my favorite authors and those I would LOVE to meet in person.


Since I read books from various genres, my panel would include all YA (young adult) authors, but I'd choose a couple of my favorite authors from each category. 

YA Paranormal:

-Stephenie Meyer

-Maggie Stiefvater

YA Dystopian:

-Suzanne Collins

-Veronica Roth

-Kiera Cass

YA Contemporary:

-Jennifer Niven

-Jandy Nelson

YA Contemporary Romance:

-Stephanie Perkins

-Sarah Dessen

YA Fantasy:

-Leigh Bardugo

-Victoria Aveyard

Sounds like an awesome cast of authors, right? I would create two panels with all of the authors listed, and the two moderators would be:


1) Myself (Kristin Smith)

2) James Dashner (only because I've met him and he's a pretty funny guy)

The event would be held in Charlotte, NC since that's where I live, making it easy for me to attend and participate.

Event Location:

Charlotte, NC

Obviously, one thing to consider is what kind of questions I would ask these famous authors. Here is a list I came up with, but feel free to add your own questions in the comments. I'd love to know what questions YOU would ask YOUR dream panel of authors.

Questions for the Authors:

1) How many manuscripts do you have that will probably never see the light of day?

2) What is your favorite thing about being an author?

3) What is the most surprising thing about being an author?

4) If you could be granted one wish, what would it be?

5) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

6) Who is YOUR favorite author?

7) Name some books in YOUR TBR pile.

8) How many books do you read a year?

9) What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?

10) Name one thing you cannot live without.

11) Are you a pantser or a plotter?

12) Of all the books you've written, which one is your favorite?

So, what do you think? Does this sound like a good panel? I'd love to know, who would be on YOUR dream panel of authors? Tell me in the comments! :)

And if you're interested in finding an event in your area, Eventbrite's event planning software page is a great tool. You can find it HERE.

Happy Wednesday! :)


  1. Congratulations! You will have so much fun. Charlotte would be a cool place for a festival like that.
    Obviously my panel would be full of science fiction and fantasy authors. Plus a couple thriller/horror writers. Definitely would want Scott Lynch, Terry Brooks, Preston and Child, and Alan Dean Foster. (Since most of my favorite science fiction authors are no longer with us.)

  2. I'd go to that panel ;) My list would include YA and probably some MG in there too, because I can't help that I'm a child at heart :)

  3. Dream panel...all my writer friends, of course!!! Having them all in one place would be SO cool. But other than that, being on a panel with Meg Cabot would be a dream come true, but I know people at her level don't do panels. While I'm dreaming, Stephen King--my childhood favorite author! Also Barbara Park, but she's no longer alive, so that's not gonna happen. Maybe an author panel in heaven someday?!

  4. Interesting panel. Not really what I read, but I bet my niece would love that group.

  5. Congrats, Kristin! I'm speaking at the San Francisco Writer's Conference in February:) I suppose my dream panel would be a lot of authors who are no longer living...but I can dream, can't I? ;)

  6. That's a fantastic panel of authors!!!! I'd be interested in hearing what they had to say.

  7. Sounds like a great lineup to me! My dream panel would span too many genres to appear at one convention, so...


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