Wisdom of Kammbia 3.19: Who Is The Best Novelist? (March Madness Style)

by | Mar 16, 2013 | Wisdom From Kammbia Column | 4 comments


Who is the best novelist?  

Who is the most beloved novelist?

Well, I wanted to have some fun and see if I can get an answer those two questions. Since it is the month of March and the NCAA College Basketball Tournament is coming in the next few days.  I thought of getting those aforementioned questions answered with a Sixty-Four Novelists March Madness Bracket Style Tournament.

Here are the rules for the Novelist March Madness Tournament:

–I have chosen 64 novelists and divided into 2 brackets.  32 Novelists for the Pop/commercial Fiction Bracket  and 32 Novelists for the Literary Fiction Bracket.

For this week’s blog post, I’m releasing the Stephen King Bracket and that covers genre fiction (science-fiction, mystery/thriller, horror, romance, and Christian Fiction) and mainstream pop fiction.  

For next week’s blog post, I will release the Cormac McCarthy Bracket and that covers Literary Fiction.

The authors in each bracket are seeded one to thirty-two.  And the match-ups like the NCAA Tournament are created to get one winner from each bracket.  Then the winner from the Stephen King Bracket will meet against the winner of the Cormac McCarthy Bracket to determine who is the best novelist and winner of the tournament.

Now the readers will select the winner for each matchup in the corresponding bracket. For example, Stephen King is the 1 Seed and he will face Terry Brooks who is the 32 seed as the first match.  Whoever gets the most votes from that match will win and go to the next round called the Sweet 16. 

Then those winners from the Sweet 16 will go onto the Elite Eight for the next round.  The Elite Eight Winners will go on the Final Four after that and then the Final Four winners will go on to the Terrific Two and so on until we get the tournament winner and crown the best novelist.

Readers can vote on the match-ups as many times as they want within the time range selected by the tournament chairman (yours truly).  You can place your votes here, Goodreads, or Library Thing, or email me at  

The Round of 32 matches starts today for the Stephen King Bracket and I will need all votes for the matches by Tuesday March 19th at 11:59 p.m.  I will release the Sweet 16 from the Stephen King Bracket on Saturday March 22 and the Cormac McCarthy Bracket Round of 32 at that time.

Here are the match-ups:

1 seed Stephen King vs 32 seed Terry Brooks

2 seed John Grisham vs 31 seed Lillian Jackson Braun

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 30 seed John Saul

4 seed Mary Higgins Clark vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 28 seed William Gibson

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 27 seed Terry McMillian

7 seed Anne Rice vs 26 seed Francine Rivers

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 25 seed Frank Peretti

9 seed Nicholas Sparks vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon

10 seed Sue Grafton vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 22 seed Ursula Le Guin

12 seed James Patterson vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey

13 seed Robert Jordan vs 20 seed Michael Connelly

14 seed Danielle Steel vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans

15 seed Jan Karon vs 18 seed Karen Kingsbury

16 seed Gillian Flynn vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane

Let’s have some fun and vote often!!!


  1. Lisa Godfrees

    Finally – a bracket I can make an edjucated guess on! Love it!!

    • kammbia1

      Please do Lisa! Thanks for reading!

  2. Mary Portinga

    Where and how do I vote. This sounds like fun!

    • kammbia1


      You can vote here on the blog post. Or you can email me with your votes to

      Also, there is a link on the blog post to Goodreads and Library Thing. You can vote there as well.

      Thanks for reading.



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