Today Miss A. – my reluctant reader and writer – asked if she could write a guest post to share her excitement over receiving an author-response to a recent fan letter she wrote to an author whose book she LOVED. Maybe, I need to rephrase this… Today, my daughter, who USED to be a reluctant reader and writer – asked if she could write this guest post. My response? Of course! Take it away, Miss A.!
Have you ever been inspired to write a letter to an author whose book you loved? Well, I was inspired to write one to author Tami Charles after reading her book Like Vanessa (Charlesbridge, 2018).
Like Vanessa is about a girl named Vanessa who enters a school pageant as a way of finding her happiness and who discovers that happiness isn’t found exactly where she thought it was.
After reading Tami’s book, I just knew I had to reach out to her. In the letter, I told her how much I loved her book and how I found her book such an inspiration for me. I found her book inspiring because I’ve always had trouble having to speak up for myself. Her book shows me that I can be strong and have confidence in myself.
I’ve written fan letters before, but never gotten a response. This time, however, was different because in the mail today I received a special letter from Tami Charles! And here is a little piece of that letter:
In her wonderful letter, she explained that she wrote the book for girls just like me and she thanked me for writing her an old-fashioned letter! I may even get to meet her this summer!
Thank you, Tami, for inspiring me with your book and for taking the time to answer my letter! I will keep it tucked forever in my copy of Like Vanessa!