If I could choose one author, living or dead, to be my beta partner, this would be . . . >>> the one who inspired me while studying storytelling, Joseph Campbell, the great analyzer of stories, the Mythical Journey is necessary for most storytelling. He is a bit to understand and does make stunning correlations.
I read his books and watched his videos and even the books that told of the travel of stories between culture and peoples all over the travel by foot and in boat to see what the earth was while carrying stories and expending the views and understanding of life and nature.