Thanking the Authors ~ Sunday Spotlight by Christine

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Thanking the Authors:

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Dear Authors,

For quite a while now, I have wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the authors, past and present, who have given me such amazing reading experiences as a child and as an adult.

Thank you for creating some of my favorite memories as a child. I always loved books and learned quickly that they were a means of escaping into the incredible worlds you described. Discovering the wonder of the words you put to paper and their power to captivate me opened the doors of my imagination and allowed me to enter into realms I could only access through your mastery and creativity. I remember shivering under my covers at eight or nine years old, drinking hot tea as I read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her family’s suffering became mine as I sat with them, huddled around a weak, straw-fed fire, wondering if they would survive the continual blizzards that stopped food and supplies from reaching them out on the cold, harsh prairie. I remember my fourth grade teacher struggling to control her tears as she captivated my class with her emotional narration of Island of the Blue Dolphins. These vivid reading memories prove that your words have the ability to make me and your other readers feel something outside ourselves and become someone during those precious moments we hold your books in our hands.

Thank you for possessing the ability to draw me into your universe, keeping me spellbound for hours–even days–on end, and leaving me clamoring for more. What an amazing and glorious gift you bestow upon me when I open your books and fall headlong into them, willingly following you and giving you my heart to hold within your grasp while you bring me through your characters’ struggles, despair, and triumphs. Thank you for the book hangovers, too, that strange melancholy that overwhelms me when I finish your books and have to say farewell to those cherished people who have dwelt within my heart and soul as I suffered and celebrated with them amidst your pages. When this happens, your mastery is most evident and appreciated, as I attempt to shake off the after-effects of a story that truly became a part of my life for a short, intense period of time.

Thank you not only for these extraordinary reading experiences, but also for being so gracious with your time and presence. As an adult reader, I have recently reached out in awe and gratitude to those of you writing LGBTQ, and you have responded in ways I never could have imagined. You have not only answered my tentative fangirl emails, chats, and introductions, but many of you have become my friends, as well. I am truly honored and inspired by your kindness and generosity of spirit.

Finally, thank you for transporting me, comforting me, and helping me to think about the world around me and to embrace those unlike myself. I don’t know where I would be without my books, what I would do without the beauty and power your words bring into my life. You are truly heroes to me, creating and gracing the world with your magic.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my little reader’s heart.

Christine

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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