8.02.2007

Booking Through Thursday: Letters!

Have you ever written an author a fan letter?

Did you get an answer?

Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?


Yes, I have written a letter to an author.

I've always liked the stories of the pioneers who headed west along the Oregon Trail. (This may have something to do with the computer game; I don't know). A trilogy of books--All Together in One Place, No Eye Can See, and What Once We Loved, by Jane Kirkpatrick, deals with a group of women who made this journey. The books are based on the historic account of a a disastrous trip across the continent, in which most of the men died and the women had to keep the train going.

I really liked the characterizations of the women in these novels, so I wrote to Jane Kirkpatrick and told her so. I'd never done it before and I haven't done it since. At that particular time, I was also facing some hardships (nothing like theirs, though), and I also was having to make decisions that other people had always made for me. Perhaps that was why I felt so strongly that I needed to write to the person who'd created these characters.

She wrote back and sent a book club guide and a little note that thanked me for my kind words.

5 comments:

Alice Teh said...

It's so nice to hear from authors! That's so sweet of Jane Kirkpatrick to reply. :)

Happy BTT!

Barbara H. said...

I have read one of her books, but I don't remember which one now. It's neat that she wrote back to you.

Julia said...

I think that when an authors write a book that had changed the readers life, we thank the authors for that. And let them know their books touch them in a way we can't say thanks you enough.

I never read books by Jane Kirkpatrick and well have to see if it something I want to read :) Happy Thursday!

Jenn said...

I have never written an author letter.... but I may. I LOVE books like that, but I have yet to read hers.

I really like the book, These is my Words (yes, that's the title) by Nancy E. Turner.

I also like the Jubilee Trail, but I can't remember who wrote that....

Now I am off to my library website to reserve some books ;-)

Literary Feline said...

It's such a treat to receive a letter from an author, isn't it? I am so glad you got a reply to your letter. I keep thinking I will write to more authors, but I rarely do. I'm a big chicken. Haha

 

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