Here's an email that arrived this morning from a stranger who is located in Tampa, two thousand eight hundred ninety-six point one miles from my home in La Honda. I've never met her, but her words gave me a glow that will last all week:
Thank you. For writing and doing the fabulous podcasts of your work your books quite simply make me smile. I love the characters who seem so real and down-to-earth, not just two dimensional or the usual caricatures, but complex, flawed and for the most part, so well intentioned. Kind of like your readers I imagine. Certainly this one. I sit down with an episode or two with a cup of coffee and the kind of sweet anticipation that these days passes for quiet excitement - from one old hippie to another, we really did/do have a lot of things right.I got mine. Now try this. Nurture some other obscure author (and these days, most of us are obscure). With a few keystrokes you, dear reader, have the power to warm some writer's world.
Bravo, please don't stop sharing your work.