"This isn't really a request per sei, but I wanted to let you know that I think your work in I Like Myself! is changing the world for the better. I'm a huge fan of the book and have given copies of it to several children, both because of the positive message it sends and because the illustrations are so fun. (By the way, thank you for making the main character a little girl of color.) So long and God speed. Lindsay."
"Thank you for those compliments-I love that book too-one of myfavorites as a matter of fact. as a kid, I always remember looking for"me" when I read. I hope everyone who reads me can eventually findthemselves in the pictures. best wishes and thank you. Sincerely, David C."
While I didn't get an autographed copy of the book (probably because I didn't ask for one), I can now semi-honestly claim that I'm penpals with one of the top children's illustrators in the industry. This got me to thinking... who else can I add to this list? Wouldn't it be awesome to have a pile of letters (or printed emails) of authors with whom I've made contact? Well, I think it would be. Unfortunately for me (and my fantasy penpal relationships), most of the authors I read are long dead. For example, I just finished a book by C.S. Lewis and I'm currently reading Upton Sinclair. Something tells me those two gentlemen would be exceedingly hard to get a hold of. Anyway, my new self-assigned project is to (a) read a book that was written by someone who is still alive, and (b) write an email that is so stirring (either through intellectual genius or unabashed ass-kissing) that the recipients or the recipients' secretaries just have to respond. Any suggestions for authors?