You are walking in the mall and discover a lost cell phone. You pick it up and open it, intending to find out who’s it is so you can return it. When you turn it on a heavenly voice comes on saying,
“Because of your good intentions the angel of writing is going to reward you.”
“Can I get a five book publishing contract with a guaranteed big advance?
“Sorry, I’m only an angel. A miracle of that magnitude is way out of my league. What I can do is give you skills. You can name one skill from four different living authors and I will give you an equivalent level of that skill without reducing the ability of the author.”
“Can I have time to think about it?”
“Nope. In three minutes this phone will disappear and any unused requests will vanish with it.”
In this, sadly imaginary, situation I chose.
Elmore Leonard’s ability to write dialog
David Mamet’s economy of language
Carolyn Hart’s ability to engage readers
Lee Child’s skill in creating suspense
What authors and what skills would you chose?