Saturday, September 3, 2011

Writing to an author and having them write back!

I purchased this book
about a month ago at a little bookstore in Ogallalla, Nebraska. It is a collection of 30 western short stories written by Elmore Leonard in the 1950's and 1960's. I like reading short stories and like Elmore Leonard's style. In the years since, he has been a very successful author and screen writer. As I read the stories, I felt like I wanted to write Elmore Leonard a letter. So I did and ended up mailing it to him in care of his publisher in New York City. Imagine my surprise today when the mail revealed a return letter from Elmore Leonard!
I've covered the return address in order to respect Mr. Leonard's privacy, but I can say that it definitely did not come from his publisher in New York. He answered the only question I asked in the letter and signed it with what quite possibly could have been a fountain pen! Have you ever written to anyone famous?