How hard can this acting thing be anyway? Well, these authors know. After penning beloved best sellers and seeing their characters spring to life on the small screen, they were invited (or allowed — we're not sure on the details) to stop by the sets they inspired. Some of them even got speaking lines. See if your favorites have popped up onscreen ahead!
(Fun fact: Walking Dead
creator Robert Kirkman REFUSES
to make a cameo, and Game of Thrones
author George R.R. Martin backed out of a cameo
to work on that book everyone keeps hounding him about.)Diana Gabaldon on Outlander
Gabaldon calls her cameo nothing more than a "scenelet"
— though she did nab a couple of lines of dialogue. She'll be playing a character named Iona MacTavish who, we assume, will rub elbows with Claire or Jaime at some point. While Gabaldon filmed the scene in February, it won't air until Saturday, August 30.
Episode: "The Gathering" (S1, Ep4)Stephen King on Under the Dome(CBS)
Is it too much to ask to get a cup of coffee under this dome? Not when Stephen King is the one asking. The bestselling author showed up for a few seconds on Under the Dome,
looking suitably beleaguered from another day of dome antics, of course.
Episode: "Heads Will Roll" (S2, Ep1)
Kathy Reichs on Bones(FOX)
This one's a bit of a doozy. Reichs is a real-life forensic anthropologist who wrote a bestselling series of books about a forensic anthropologist named Temperance Brennan. Bones
, inspired by those books, sees Brennan solve murders and pen a series of books about a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Got that? Of course, Reichs' actual cameo was as a totally different character — a professor of forensic anthropology named Constance Wright.
Episode: "Judas on a Pole" (S2, Ep11)Sara Shepard on Pretty Little Liars(ABC Family)
Shepard stepped in for Mr. Fitz as a substitute teacher at Rosewood High School, much to Aria's chagrin. In real life, Lucy Hale, who plays Aria on the hit show, was Shepard's biggest fan. "She needed no help! No lie!" Hale gushed
about the author's cameo performance. "We were all just like, 'She knows what she's doing.'"
Episode: "The Homecoming Hangover" (S1, Ep7)Charlaine Harris on True Blood(HBO)
Sometimes one cameo isn't enough. Harris made her first trip to the Bon Temps set as a patron at Merlotte's, but she came back for seconds for the show's big finale. In one of the episode's final scenes, Harris pops up as a sound mixer for Eric and Pam's "New Blood" infomercial.
Episodes: "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" (S2, Ep12), "Thank You" (S7, Ep10)Terry Pratchett on Hogfather(Sky One)
The beloved author got a chance to visit Discworld (well, the set anyway) as a toymaker in the television miniseries adaptation of his novel Hogfather,
but he's no stranger to the very brief spotlight. You can also catch him in adaptations of The Color of Magic
and Going Postal
. Jeff Lindsay on Dexter(Showtime)
Lindsay donned a police badge for a short cameo on Dexter
, trading a few words with Lieutenant Angel outside a hospital room. While we're sure the quick scene satiated the author's acting bug, we wonder if he was secretly hoping for a role as one of Dexter's plastic-wrapped victims.
Episode: "Go Your Own Way" (S3, Ep10)Who's your favorite author-turned-actor? Let us know in the comments!