Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Fan Mail

One of the nicest things about being an author is getting lovely emails and letters from complete strangers telling you they liked your book. I am always really touched and flattered that someone who doesn't even know me has made the effort to get in touch... I have to try my hardest to hold back from gushing too much when I reply.
If you're new to the blog (hello!) you might not know that I also write squillions of children's books under my real name, Sue Mongredien - and so I get lots of brilliant emails and letters from children too. I must share this corker I've had recently from a little girl. The letter ends "Well done, Sue, you have written a lot", and then she's included a whole sheet of questions. These go as follows:

How do you write a lot of books like that?
Why do you choose to write them books?
Why do you like them books?
Why did you want to write them books?
Do you like them books?
Why are you writing them books?
Do you like them books?
Are you going to write more of them books?
Why are you writing them books?
Are they exciting, Sue?
Are they great books?
Are they interesting?

If you read them all out loud, it's like something from the Fast Show. Bless her for asking. Yes, Leah from Lincoln, I love them books, and I hope you do too!


Lane said...

Sooo funny. Little Leah could make be a great investigative journalist one day. She leaves no stone unturned:-)

And Sue, you really have written a jolly lot of them books:-)

Debs said...

Bless, that's lovely.

Calistro said...

Oh god I just had to hold my breath to stop myself from laughing out loud in the office! That's brilliant!

Makes me wish I wrote children's books so I could get letters like that too!

Leigh said...

Awww. Bless her. Nice to see kids taking such an interest!
Well done Sue, indeed!!!

ChrisH said...

Aw! I want a Leah too!

JJ said...

Awww, that's so sweet.

Lucy Diamond said...

Lane - absolutely! I felt thoroughly grilled by the end of that investigation!

Debs - I know, and all laboriously written out in pencil. Must have taken her ages!

Calistro - the illustrations I get from the kids are even better!

Leigh - bless her indeed. I have written her a long letter back.

ChrisH - I think every author needs a Leah!

JJ - so sweet. I bet her little ears are burning now!

L-Plate Author said...

Awww. Now with me not having kids, I would hope that if I did have a daughter she would share my love of words....So cute. x

Sass E-mum said...

That's laugh out loud funny. I'd love to receive them letters like that.

claire p said...

So sweet! I will look out for your childrens book, Jamie loves his books.

Thaks for the advice re the linking thing. I will give it a try. Great post, v funny :0)

Lucy Diamond said...

Hello L-Plate, yes, I love seeing my eldest daughter read books that were once mine, and really enjoying them. I've just passed her my old copy of 'Harriet the Spy' and she was thrilled to find it had lots of cheeky messages in it, all written by me, back when I was her age! (Bang goes my 'Don't scribble on books' argument!)

Lucy Diamond said...

Ooh, Sass-E Mum and Claire P, you crept in, when I wasn't looking!

Hello Sass-E, I am definitely going to keep that letter and look at it every time I need cheering up. Good old Leah, I think she may have a future writing 'them books' of her own, you know...

Awww, cheers, Claire!

Reluctant Housewife said...

How cute is that?

I think it's great that you enjoy hearing from your young fans - I'm so happy you wrote back to her. She's going to be so excited!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lucy Diamond said...

Hello Reluctant Housewife! (I mistakenly called you 'Housewise' then, which I am certain you are!)
Yes, I hope she likes the letter. This could be the start of a wonderful correspondence between us! :)

wontletlifedefineme said...

That's so cute!!

SpiralSkies said...

Ooh, look, you're back with more of them good blog posts.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee. Hello.

Milla said...

how sweet is THAT!!nice to see you back, and thanks for coming a-calling. Had sort of gone off blogging. As feel I have to be vague and non-committal, it sort of leaves me with just the dog to discuss. Yeah, right.

Lucy Diamond said...

Hello Won'tLetLife - I know! What a star.

Hi Spiral - wheeeeee! indeed. And hello!

Milla - I know what you mean, I went off blogging too for similar reasons. Maybe you should start a new ultra-anonymous blog where you can tell it like it is without fear (and no longer have to resort to dog stories)? (Although I do like the dog stories too...)

Un Peu Loufoque said...

To me it reads like a poem!I love the up frontedness ( is that a real word?) of children.

Mummy said...

Thought I'd return the favour and stop by your blog :) So glad I did! What a wonderful letter! I can only imagine the number of questions her poor parents have to answer each day!!!

Lucy Diamond said...

Un Peu Loufoque - yes, it does rather gather momentum towards the end, doesn't it? She's a natural, that one...

Mummy - oh my God, yes! And her teacher must have the patience of a saint, too!

Fiona said...

Ah, what a sweetie.
I'm really glad you wrote them books too.


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Sally Lawton said...

"Are they exciting, Sue?" Just made me wee myself.
How cute! x

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