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Dorian Grey from Transexual, Transylvania is reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck April 19, 2012 - 8:53pm

I never have, but there are some I would love to send a letter to expressing how much I love their work. At the same time, though, I feel like it would just be a bother to them. Still, there are some that I must give praise to for writing books that have changed my life. What do you guys think? Have you ever done it?

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. April 19, 2012 - 8:59pm

A cool way to do it is to make it a group thing. They used to do it over at the Cult. Sometimes they would get back some goodies if they sent something to the author. 

I've been interested in doing something like that actually. 

 

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series April 19, 2012 - 9:03pm

My girlfriend in highschool wrote to Chuck Palahniuk and he sent her a handmade beaded necklace with both their names on it. She was pretty amped on it, and still is. Haha.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter April 19, 2012 - 9:26pm

I wrote to Chuck during his last "fan letter window" a few years back.  He sent me a box with a bunch of stuff in it.  I just thought that was so rad of him, to take enough time to actually write a personal letter and a box of dollar store crap to every fan who wrote him. 

I've even still got pictures:

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 19, 2012 - 9:39pm

@Bekantor

That's so cool!

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 2:12am

I wrote to James Beauseigneur, he responded with pages and pages. I'm even friends with him on facebook now. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 20, 2012 - 5:11am

I only write hate mail.

Although that might explain why I have never recieved a nifty bag-o-gifts in return.

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Amanda Tveidt from San Francisco is reading Old Napkin Poems April 20, 2012 - 9:45am

As a child  I wrote to Amelia Bedelia. 

 

As an adult, I went to a reading w/ Cherie Priest and gave her a hand written letter of appreciation.  

 I think that letters are still important, and hold more value than an email. 

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. April 20, 2012 - 9:48am

I wrote to Bret Easton Ellis and he sent back some expired drink tickets. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 20, 2012 - 9:51am

I keep sending fan letters to Richard, but he just answers with "I've got a restraining order pending."  Which, is a response of a sort...

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RoganStanton from Kentucky is reading Damned by Chuck Palahniuk April 20, 2012 - 9:54am

I wrote an email to Drew Karpyshyn once and he replied back thanking me for reading and supporting his works.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 20, 2012 - 9:54am

I wrote to Meg Rossof, and I;m still in contact. I'm looking for a way to say HI to david mitchell (the one who wrote Cloud Atlas)

It's irritating

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly April 20, 2012 - 10:37am

@Rogan, I like you already.  You had me at Drew Karpyshyn.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 20, 2012 - 11:46am

I wrote an email to Shawn Decker, author of the memoir My Pet Virus, and now we're friends. He's a super cool guy.

Other than that, no. I met Henry Rollins and dumped a bunch of "your work means so much to me" onto the table, it was awkward, he signed my books, we moved on. Since I've gotten that out of the way though, I hope to meet him again and not be a total dweeb.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 20, 2012 - 11:47am

Bek--some of the stuff in that box is cracking me up! Is that a stuffed bird?

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter April 20, 2012 - 11:55am

Yeah. He gives 'power animals' to everyone. Mine was a quail.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 20, 2012 - 12:00pm

Hahahahahaha! That is great. I will think of you (and Chuck) every time a family of quails congregate in my yard, now.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 20, 2012 - 12:12pm

My power animal was a squirrel.  I named him Ratatosk.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 20, 2012 - 12:27pm

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 20, 2012 - 1:16pm

Not a lot of squirrels in the desert, Howie. Sorry.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines April 20, 2012 - 9:31pm

Don't even question it, DorianxGrey! Who wouldn't love to get a glowy gushy letter about their work, regardless of medium? Just make sure it's well thought out and respectful, like the one I sent to my favorite author where I told her I wanted to huff her like paint. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch April 21, 2012 - 6:51am

I wrote to Toni Morrison (that was quite a few years ago). She didn't answer.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 21, 2012 - 7:21am

If I tell you guys, you'll laugh but whatever.  I wrote to Dean Koontz about ten years ago.  He was really nice and wrote back a handwritten letter.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly April 21, 2012 - 7:33am

I've always wanted to write to one of the authors I particularly admire.  Maybe I will on the off chance I get something back and can post in this thread again.

Do you write to their publishing co.?

 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 21, 2012 - 7:36am

Yeah, something like that but if you write to the bigger writers it is rare you will get a response. you are better off just going to a book signing and making an impression like when I met Clive Barker I told him to write, "Be my Victim" in my book and said it is a seductive voice.  He gave me a weird look and his boyfriend looked jealous. Then in his next book he wrote about an older man fucking a younger boy, I would like to think he was thinking of me at that time cause I was a minor.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 21, 2012 - 7:37am

@aylee you have no ida how fucked up that is.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 21, 2012 - 9:45am

That made me belly laugh.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 21, 2012 - 9:46am

CURSE YE DOUBLE POST!!!!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 21, 2012 - 3:29pm

How about this:  have any of you ever sent hate mail to a celebrity or writer, TV station or public figure?  And if so, did you get any response?

 

I did once ask Poppy Brite why all her gay characters were serial killers or ended up dead.  Then she stopped writing horror.  I would like to think that was my fault.

 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 21, 2012 - 3:50pm

I told Robert Muchmore that he was an arrogant fuck, with his cliches and attempt to do a "darker and grittier" of Alex Ryder. I explained that his books were bland, repetitive and were predictable. Oh, and I said that his protagonist was wooden and unlikeable. He told me to fuck off. I was satisfied with that answer.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 21, 2012 - 3:55pm

(Robert Muchmore writes teenage-spy-into-hostile-situations. But they all happen in bleak, or unpleasant or bleh places. And the villains dont want to rule the world. They're just regular drug traders or traffickers, etc.)

WHICH IS BAD.

A spy novel villain MUST want to RULE THE FUCKING WORLD or KILL THE FUCKING PROTAGONIST or KILL A FUCKTON OF PEOPLE or all of them Not ship a little white girl (both the drug and the actual human). He must have this mad plan and it must be fantastic. This is why I hate Robert Muchmore.

 

Anthony Horowitz is better, cuz omg teenage spy. OMG GADGETS. OMFG AWESOME VILLAIN.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 21, 2012 - 4:08pm

I send fanmail to Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 21, 2012 - 4:35pm

^^Me too!

 

 

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Ismael Santos from Miami, FL is reading American Psycho, Essential Harlan Ellison, The Stand, Countdown to Lockdown April 22, 2012 - 7:01pm

I sent some fanmail to Harlan Ellison and Elmore Leonard. If I can actually get a reply, I'll be ecstatic. 

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works April 22, 2012 - 7:36pm

When I was a kid I wrote a letter to RL Stein. I don't remember much about it, but I know I wanted more choose your own adventure books, the "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series. He ended up banging out about 50 of those, so I like to think I'm the reason people could give themselves goosebumps. Take that however you want.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 24, 2012 - 9:06am

It was all you, Nighty. Pro tip: if you follow his twitter feed he posts some crazy shit. 

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Clutch from Detroit Metro Area now living in Charlotte, NC is reading "The Spooky Art" by Norman Mailer April 24, 2012 - 10:46am

no.

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underpurplemoon from PDX May 21, 2012 - 2:01am

I wrote to Jewel (the singer) fifteen years ago, I think, and it got returned to me. Poems, you know. Go figure.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 21, 2012 - 6:32am

When I was a kid I mailed a letter and a basketball card to Kevin Johnson of the Phoenix Suns.  He signed it, mailed it back, then went on to become mayor of Sacramento.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly May 21, 2012 - 10:55am

Didn't he have signature Reebok's "back in the day?" I think I had those.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 21, 2012 - 12:47pm

I don't recall.  I never bought high-end sneakers.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind May 30, 2012 - 7:40pm

I write my favorite authors all the time.

Let's see... I wrote Dean Koontz when I was little. Maybe 14 or so. He wrote me back, and sent me a monthly newsletter the next few years. 

I wrote Anne Rice. She wrote me back. I don't quite remember the exchange.

My favorites, though, are the exchanges between me and PW Catanese, and me and Heather Dixon. Both of them are awesome to talk to. They answered every question I had, thoroughly, and asked me questions in return. We exchanged pictures (not of ourselves, but of who we thought would play the role of their characters best) and talked about cut scenes from the books. 

Letters like those make me happy, and I'm consumed with the urge to write as soon as I get a response from them. 

The latter two were through email. 

Trust me, they aren't bothered. It might be annoying if you ask the same questions, like, "where do you get your ideas?" and "who did you base so-and-so on?" But we're writers, and we don't ask questions like that. I'll ask them questions relevant to whatever book or series I just finished, and I'll talk about how certain scenes made me feel, and I'll ask them about themes and whatnot. Then I'll write about how amazing I think they are, and how I hope to fill someone up with emotion through writing just as they did. I don't ask for advice or anything, either, but they sometimes offer it anyway. 

We as writers are constantly at war with ourselves -- we are, after all, our worst critic. Imagine how pleased you'd be if someone wrote you an email, or tweeted you, or sent you snail mail glowing with praise and whatnot. I'm sure they'd love it, no matter how big they are. I know I would!

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind May 30, 2012 - 7:50pm

I don't usually send hate mail. I think Steven Moffat knows I dislike him, what with all my tweets about how awful he is (both as a person and as a creator.) 

I DO write hate mail to publishers, though. When I feel cheated, or when I feel an author I enjoy has been poorly portrayed (through a badly formated eBook, or horrible pricing of such) I write emails that steam with rage. I'm pretty sure they have them printed out and taped somewhere in their offices. I may have to use a pen name if I ever want to get myself published because of this.

 

Oh! I forgot the BEST one! I actually did write a fan mail to a wonderful M/M writer. I was sent her book to review (I sometimes write reviews for an online magazine) and I was nervous at first because I don't usually read gay romance novels (or romance novels in general) and I wasn't sure how I'd go about reviewing it. But the book was excellent! My review alone was like a love letter, so much so that all sorts of authors of gay fiction novels asked me to review their work. Eventually, this writer and I became friends on twitter, and when she came around my city we had lunch together. It was an awesome experience. 

Not reviewing the other gay romance novels, though. I quit reviews half way through one of them because it was so horrible. So much info dumping! I wanted to write an "Oh, honey" letter to the guy. I couldn't even bring myself to review it, let alone get to the "good parts" of the book. :( I don't like destroying dreams, you know.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon May 31, 2012 - 4:30am

misskokamon said:  We exchanged pictures (not of ourselves, but of who we thought would play the role of their characters best) and talked about cut scenes from the books. 

This might be one of the cutest things I've read in a while. It's like school girl talk - Who's going to play YOU in the movie of our lives? I love it.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind May 31, 2012 - 11:22am

@Pete Hahaha! It's just something I like to do when I write my favorite authors. I mean, if they have characters that reeeeally stand out.

It's way more fun when the author sends pictures back of who he/she saw in his/her mind. 

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espressogirl from New York is reading Bertie Plays the Blues January 29, 2014 - 8:26am

I'd like to send fan mail to an author but I'm having a hell of a time figuring out where to actually send it. I have a list, actually, but the first one is published by a Penguin subsidiary (maybe? I really don't get all the factions of the larger houses, it's 'Prime Crime' which has links to Penguin, Berkely Mystery, etc...) and I can't find snail mail addresses or 'care of' editors. This is the first time I have done this so I'm feeling pretty clueless. :-/ Any sugestions? 

 

edit: here is his author page http://berkleysignetmysteries.com/author163

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melmurphy from Spokane is reading "Julian" by Gore Vidal February 17, 2014 - 10:20pm

About 7 years ago I wrote an email to a non-fiction writer whose book had blown me away. It was to John H Richardson who wrote "In The Little World". The email addy in the writer's bio was tweaked but it did get to his publisher who forwarded it on to him. He wrote me back, just a quick note, said 'thanks, glad you enjoyed it' and 'yes I saw the Station Agent and I really liked it.'

It's interesting how much non-fiction I've read in the last dozen years. I lived and breathed scifi/fantasy/horror as a kid but I'm very discriminating these days.

 

http://books.google.com/books/about/In_the_Little_World.html?id=xsFwQgAA...

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 21, 2014 - 5:44am

No.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami February 24, 2014 - 4:12pm

Well one of my favorite authors is unfortunately no long with us, though I'd happily send her fan mail. And the one other (him) I'm pretty sure doesn't like fan mail anyway.:P But I'd love it if he did.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics February 25, 2014 - 1:11pm

When I was a boy, I wrote to Stephen King, but never received a reply. As an adult, I've written a long letter to Hemingway, and when I was in the Keys I put it in a bottle and essentially littered in the ocean. Oh, and I once sent an email to Stephen Hawking, and actually got a short but personal response!

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Shannon Barber from Seattle is reading Paradoxia: A Predators Diary by Lydia Lunch February 25, 2014 - 3:28pm

Every now and then I send little fangirl love letters to other writers. Some of those have resulted in friendships that have been long lasting and really important to me.

I'm seeing a few of those writers at AWP and I'm really excited.

I've gotten a couple of I like you emails from other writers that have blown my mind and still make me feel squishy.