"If you could have a conversation over dinner with any one person, dead or alive, with the exception of Jesus, who would it be and why"?
C.S. Lewis. He was a brilliant writer, and as a writer myself, I love Lewis' intellectual and scholarly slant. I love his use of logic and reason to put spiritual matters into a form that logical people cannot help but understand. And because my husband also puts C.S. Lewis at the top of his list of favorite authors/people, we could enjoy the meal and conversation together! (Probably Ribs and Cheesecake.)
Lewis used his writing to direct people 'further up and further in'. His logic carries us to a certain point, then leaves us to ponder and continue upward on our own. I love how he uses sources other than scripture to back up his arguments. He shows that there are little gleams of truth elsewhere, that can be used to strengthen our own faith.
As a writer, I aspire -- like C.S. Lewis -- to get people to look at everyday circumstances and be inspired to think more about their relationship with and position before God.
I want to be the kind of writer who makes people feel like they're banging their head against a brick wall while reading. . . and then have it all suddenly make perfect sense later. And I would of course become become skilled at this sitting under the discipline of C.S. Lewis for the evening over dinner. (Yea, right!) A girl can dream.