Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

For Day Two of Armchair BEA, we’re sharing something about interactions with authors. I’ve met a few authors and attended some readings I enjoyed, but my favorite interaction has to be the letter I received from Robin McKinley when I wrote to her at age 14. Among other questions (advice for would-be writers, favorite books), I asked how I could find a copy of her second book, The Door in the Hedge, which I was having trouble locating (this was pre-Internet of course). Instead of directing me to contact the publisher, she sent me a signed copy! This was a major thrill in my young life.

She also was the first person to recommend Diana Wynne Jones to me, for which I am deeply grateful. I find it interesting that she mentions Peter Dickinson as another favorite author…

 

17 thoughts on “Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

    1. Yes! I have always wanted to meet her in person but she moved to England and stopped doing appearances. I just found out (from Charlotte of Charlotte's Library) that she is going to be the guest of honor at Boskone in February and I think I have to drop everything and go.

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  1. Oh wow, that must have been amazing for 14-yr old you! I love it when authors take the time to encourage children to read. I only discovered Diana Wynne Jones a few weeks ago, but I absolutely love her! Great answer, hopefully I'll see you around again soon!My Author Interaction postJuli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Lucky you, at the very start of discovering DWJ…I can only read all her books again for the fifteenth time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wow, everybody is talking about how excited they are about tweets or follows (including myself) and here you are with a while LETTER. Kudos to you!

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    1. This was the only one I ever wrote. I was too afraid to bother them. Now I realize it must be a pleasure for them to get sincere letters from children (as opposed to rote requests for book report information).

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