September topic: It's Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month! Write a thank you post to your favorite person (or people) in the publishing industry.
I'm a lifelong reader. It wasn't something I started doing as a teenager or as an adult. Once I learned to read I was off and running and never stopped. Now with a couple decades of reading behind me, I cannot imagine what my life would have been like as a non-reader. It's truly unthinkable. At the risk of sounding cliche, reading has enriched my life beyond measure. And that is all thanks to writers. Over the years there have been many authors whose books made an impact on me - too many to mention - but here are a few that I especially want to thank.
To Judy Blume:
Thank you for providing me with a path through my childhood. Your books tackled subjects that were relevant and relatable. Every page was like a personal message from you, telling me "It's okay. You're not the only one who feels that way."
To Diana Gabaldon:
Thank you for writing a novel that defied classification and swept me away to another time and place. Almost 20 years ago I picked up a book called Outlander and was transported. With a mix of history and romance and action and time travel, it opened my eyes to stories that crossed genres and immersed me in a tale that still captivates me.
To Katie McGarry:
Thank you for writing everything I want in young adult novels. Your characters never fail to work their way into my heart. I ache for their struggles, cheer them on, and celebrate when they overcome. Thank you for being kind and humble and for sharing your stories.
To Jennifer L. Armentrout:
Thank you for providing me with countless hours of entertainment. For the Lux series, The Dark Elements series, the Covenant series, the Wait For You series. For Roth and Tink and Cam and Katy. For swoony romance and laugh out loud moments. For stories that are so real and for pure escapism. And, it must be said, thank you for Daemon Black. Seriously... thank you.
To Colleen Hoover:
Thank you for the gift of your incredible story telling. It was two and a half years ago that I picked up Maybe Someday. And I fell in love with two characters who felt so completely real, their situation so plausible. I laughed and swooned and even cried as I experienced their story. Since then I've read them all, from Slammed all the way to It Ends With Us, and each and every one has made an impact on me. Each one unforgettable. The characters who speak to me, the situations that hurt my heart, the relationships that warm my heart, the romance and the humor and the range of emotions that I experience every single time... I thank you for all of it. Thank you for introducing me to the music of Griffin Peterson and the art of Danny O'Connor. Thank you for being the kind of person who gives as much as she receives, for being compassionate, for creating an organization like The Bookworm Box that I am so happy to support. Thank you.
Have you ever written a letter to an author?
Who would you write to?