Okay, I rather like some of the book-related memeing that goes on out there (meming? No, I think memeing looks better), so I’m going to allow myself to indulge now and then.
Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
In general I don’t do this, because a) I have no idea what to say; b) I’m just not a fannish/cult-of-celebrity kind of person (I tend to go wild over the books rather than their authors); c) I’m semi-anti-social (the actual diagnosis was Generalized Anxiety Disorder); d) I don’t want to accidentally find out my favorite author is actually a jerk; and e) authors tend to be busy folks, so I don’t want to bug them unless I can at least overcome point a).
That said, I occasionally drop a note to an author whose book I’ve reviewed, particularly if the review was positive. My one real “fan mail,” however, was just a short email note to the delightful Anne Bishop (author of the brilliant “Black Jewels” trilogy) to let her know how much I have enjoyed her work.
Did you get an answer?
I got a very nice reply, in fact. This was a good handful of years ago so I don’t remember what it said, but I remembered thinking that she seemed a very pleasant person whom I’d likely enjoy talking to if I ever met her.
Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?
Nope—see point c), above.
Anyway, in semi-related news, I should be able to post a couple of cookbook reviews soon!