Thursday, August 02, 2007

Letters! We Get Letters.....




Booking Through Thursday

Have you ever written an author a fan letter?

Did you get an answer?

Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?

(And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)


- Yes I've written an author a fan letter. I have written some when I was younger - maybe 18yrs old. I got snail mail letters replied back from authors like Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood. I remember being so excited over that! Back then I have not know about internet yet. But when I did, I began to write an email letters to some of the authors letting them know how much I've enjoyed their books. And which characters are my favorite. And then ask questions about what upcoming books she going to write next. It is fun to see replied from the authors in my email inbox. And discover things about them, their family and how nice they are. Authors make you feel comfortable to want to share things with them as well. Authors like to chat and interacted with their readers and hear what they think of their books too.

Like the conversation I had with Suzanne Brockmann through emails. She is one of the nicest person I ever met. Through emails, she make sure that everything is alright and taken care of me when I have concern about booksigning events, one time. I have spoken to her husband (who is book author as well) who assure me that they will make sure I will be comfortable at the signing, since I am shy person. What I didn't know was that he was going to seek me out and talk to me and my sister. I had nice conversation talking with him while we were waiting in line. When it came to my turn to see Suzanne Brockmann, her husband told her who I was. And she welcome me with an open arm. She made me so comfortable that I forgot to be shy. Since then I always requested Suz to sign my book as "To Shy Asian Gal in Louisiana". What amaze me was that she remember who I was every time I requested that personalize signatures :) She remembered all of her fans.

Over the years, letters I have written to an authors through snail mails were all kept in the red chest box. And over the years, some letters that I have written through emails( authors like: Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Anne Stuarts, Roxanne St. Claire, Rebecca York, Diana Gabaldon, etc...) were comfort interaction between authors and I that I will remembered. It made me feel good that I have made authors feel good when they tell me that they love to hear readers praise them about their books. But it also the easiest and faster to get answered on some burning questions you have from authors upcoming books as well. It really nice when authors interacted with their readers. That why I continue to emails them (But I haven't done so lately) :)

13 comments:

Mr.Kim/Mick Bright Kim said...

HI

Melody said...

Julia, that's so sweet of Suzanne Brockmann! She makes you feel so special, and I bet you're thrilled! LOL.

It's always a great pleasure to have your favourite authors replying to you, no matter how short the letter is. I know I'll be in cloud nine if they reply! ;P

Happy BTT!

Rhinoa said...

That was a lovely thing for Suzanne Brockmann and her husband to do. It's lovely when people remember you and make an effort to make you feel comfortable.

Julia said...

Hi Mr. Kim thanks for stopping by

Melody - Suz is sweet person. Very delightful to met. And yes it always a pleasure to get replied from authors even when it short.

Rhinoa - They both are great person. Even to their readers. And I sure did felt special for me when they made me feel comfortable :)

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again :)

Marianne Arkins said...

How wonderful of Suzanne and her husband! Something like that really shows her true colors.

Happy BTT!

Alice Teh said...

Hey Julia, I'm so happy for you as I read your post. Now you make me want to go jump out now and buy her books. LOL. Seriously. That's really cool. God bless Suzanne and her husband!

Happy BTT!

Chris said...

How nice!

Julia said...

Marianne - I guess authors that show their true colors, are the one that are keeper for me *grin*

Alice - I suggested you to jump, dive, swim, run, skip navy style to get Suz books LOL! And thanks :)

Chris - Thanks for comments and being here

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Have a nice BTTs!

Kristy said...

That's great! Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy BTT!

Alice Teh said...

Oh Julia... can you see Alice

*jump, dive, swim, run, skip navy style*

WHOA, this is really tiring... but if it trims inches of me waist, I'll do it again and again...

Julia said...

Kristy - thanks for visiting mine :)

Alice - LOL, if you can do it the Navy style - than so can I LOL...

Thanks you both for posting!

Literary Feline said...

Julia, what a lovely answer to this week's topic! I have to say that your story about Suzanne Brockmann and her husband made me tear up a little. That was so thoughtful of Suzanne's husband.

What you say is so true--every author I've come across has made me feel comfortable. They are often very personable. I think I will begin to write to more of the authors whose books I read. Even if I do not get a response, I think they would like to hear how much someone appreciates their work. :-)

Christine d'Abo said...

I always wanted to write fan letters to some of my favourite authors when I was younger. Now that *I'm* a writer and I get to meet some of the wonderful people who write the books I enjoy reading, I find myself going silly when I talk to them. Total fan girl. :)