Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Letters (and Reviews and Interviews) of Note

When you have a new book child out in the world, it's nice when your first book child gets a little loving, too. On Monday, Valerie Geary posted a thoughtful review of Letters From Rapunzel, and today, she's featuring an interview with me about writing (and reading) middle grade fiction. Thank you so much, Valerie! She's exploring the middle grade genre for all of December, so bookmark her blog and check back the rest of the month.

P.S. (There's always a P.S. when I'm blogging about Letters From Rapunzel---have you noticed?)  My sister sent me a link to this intriguing blog called Letters of Note. The site posts scanned PDFs of original letters and then transcribes them so they're easier to read. A sampling: J.D. Salinger's letter, refusing to sell the screen rights to A Catcher in the Ryeinventer Nikola Tesla writing to the Red Cross, predicting contact with other life forms; Robert Heinlein's hilarious "tick the box" form letter to fans who wrote him. (One of them is "please don't write me again." Ha! I think my Rapunzel would've been a kindred spirit to Mr. Heinlein.)


  1. Really enjoyed your interview. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sara, I just had to stop by after reading your interview. Valerie interviewed me earlier this month, and reading yours was like meeting a long-lost friend.

    I've read THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH with my students from fourth through sixth grades in NM, FL, and LA. I used to play THE BOOK OF THREE (I was usually Gurgi)as a girl.

    I'll have to look up your titles at my local library. So lovely to learn of you and your work today!

  3. Thank you!

    Gurgi...I mean, Caroline...that's great! I hope you got to climb trees and have plenty of munchings and crunchings. :)

  4. Excellent. I always enjoy reading your interviews. Off I go!

  5. I love reading letters, and Tesla's was quite incomprehensible without the transcription. Nice.


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