Thursday, August 2, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

Here's this week's BTT:

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.)

This is a pretty easy one for me because the only letter I can remember was a junior high assignment, and I wrote to Ray Bradbury because I'd just read Farenheit 451. Well, I didn't get an answer, but I did have the chance to meet him a few weeks later at a play adapted from the book. He was fairly old, even then, and did not remember my letter. (Looking back, he'd probably never seen it, but I didn't know that then.)

I still sometimes assign author letter writing to my students and, unfortunately, no one has ever gotten a reply.


Amy said...

It's too bad that none of your students has ever gotten a reply but then author's lives are as busy as anyone else's and I am sure that plays into it.

I enjoyed my visit and will be back!

Cee Cee said...

I think a children's author can respond to their audience at some point. A hurried note to the teacher would suffice. That's sad.

Cee Cee said...

Maybe I'm thinking the book was a new release. Authors tend to respond better during new releases.

cj said...

I'm sorry to hear that your students don't get responses. It would be nice if they did.

And the recount of the vacation aftermath was...

Hmmm. I was going to say awful, but the recounting of it wasn't. You did that very well. The experience sounded like something out of a horror story, however.

Hope things go much, much better!


Presbyterian Gal said...

Not authors, but I wrote to Queen Elizabeth and to Stephen Spielberg and got answers on both.

And a blog friend wrote to JK Rowling, told about it here.

I always say, if you don't try, you'll never know.