Yesterday I wrote a letter to an author who inspired me, Essie Summers.
Today, I want to write a letter to Dick Francis, one of my favorite authors ever!
I wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoy your work. I've been a fan for almost twenty years, and that spans not even half of your long, successful career as a novelist.
I've spent hours reading your books, and have collected all your novels. One of your strengths as a writer that so appeals to me is your ability to immerse your reader into the occupation and world of your main character. I've learned so much about different fields of work, everything from artists to inventors to pilots to wine merchants, and so many more. It was that in-depth inside access to your characters' occupations that drew me in every time.
Aside from hours of reading pleasure that you've given me, you've really taught me about characterization and branding. As a writer, reading your work helps me see into the male POV, what a man would and wouldn't say or do, and certainly how he feels about himself and his job.
I also learned about branding. Every time I see you have a new book out, I don't care about the particulars of the story. I buy the book. I know I'm going to love it, because you wrote it and it will be in your voice, with your world-view. It will challenge me, and in the end, I'll have some questions answered and a few more raised. I love the fact that your books call for the hero to make a moral decision. And some of the intrigue comes because I'm never sure if he will make the choice I would select, or if he will go another way.
Thank you for coming through so much hardship and continuing to write after suffering loss.
So, anybody read any Dick Francis? Anybody ever had an author that they loved so much they didn't care what their next book was about, knowing you would buy it no matter what?
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