Our very first fan mail


In my experience, being a brand new, first-time author can feel like speaking into a void, wondering whether anyone beyond your family and your publisher are listening, and if they are, whether they like you at all or are busily yawning/rolling their eyes at you. In other words, publishing is like a second teenage-hood.

The fact that writers are alone and mired in their own thoughts so much of the time doesn’t help matters. Doubts (and irrational tears, if you’re me) can spring up at the drop of a hat. Actual conversation: “That reviewer didn’t like us?! Oh no! Our publisher must have been wrong!” *sobs…*

But as with my first teenage experience, the great thing about it is finding people who “get” you and what it is you’re trying to say. Nothing is more satisfying, comforting and affirming than words of encouragement from somebody who isn’t obliged to love you because they’re your mom… especially if that somebody is a child who read your book!!!

A gigantic thank-you to Kennedy and her friend Menaka in Thornhill, Ontario, for sending Brit and me our first-ever letter from a fan.


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” 
― C.S. Lewis