I received an amazingly wonderful gift a week or so ago when a postcard arrived in the mail.
The postcard itself was from a copy of Midnight in Lonesome Hollow, one of my Kit mysteries from American Girl.
It was forwarded to me from the publisher. I’d really, really like to write back to Angela, and tell her how much her words mean to me. Unfortunately, no return address was included.
So this seems like a good time and place to tell Angela—and all the readers who got in touch during 2013—how appreciative I am.
Some of my favorite correspondence has come via email, such as this one:
Hi Mrs. Ernst my name is Abigail and I just wanted to wish you a merry Christmas. My American girl dolls Kit and Caroline say merry Christmas too.
Here are two letters that arrived in the mail after I did a program about the book-making process at an elementary school.
(I do try to encourage kids when I visit schools. I’m not sure about this one.)
(The program includes one photo of my cat Sophie sitting by my computer. Sophie sometimes gets more mail than I do.)
I’ve gotten some special mail from parents this year, such as this one:
My 8 year old daughter and I just finished the first book in your American Girl Caroline series. We are both hooked and loving it! She is having a difficult time keeping up with her peers in reading and this book has sparked an interest in history, sailing, nautical knots and everything that goes with the story. She could not wait for the next night to read another chapter. And all this coming from the girl last year who said reading was boring (only because she wasn't able to do as well as her classmates). Now she brings books with her everywhere we go.
And I’ve heard from readers about the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries, too:
I love the combination of mystery and history in your books!Please keep this series coming!!! I just wanted to tell you how MUCH I am enjoying "Chloe's" adventures! Thanks for your gift of writing, Kathleen! I've almost finished re-reading all the Chloe books. I'm telling you, after I read Heritage of Darkness -- I really really really did not want it to end so I started the whole series over :-)
When I was ten years old, and dreaming of being an author, all I knew to hope for was having stories that I wrote turn into published books. Although that is indeed wonderful, what’s even better connecting with readers.
So for all of you who have taken the time to communicate here, on Facebook, via email or snail mail, or in person at an event—all I can say is thank you.
And for all of you who have taken the time to post an online review, recommend one of my books to a friend, or ask a librarian about my titles—huge thanks to you as well.
You made 2013 very special! I’m grateful, and I wish you all a most wonderful new year.