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.