Books. Gotta love 'em. And if the stories chronicled in those books move or inspire you into actually picking up a pen or sitting down at your keyboard to set down your own story, then chances are there's an author out there you may want to thank.
Before I had decided to write for publication, I went to my local library and picked up a book called Must Be Magic by Patricia Rice. It's a historical paranormal with situational humor and a cast of characters that truly tickled my fancy. So much so, that I shot off an email to Pat telling her how much I enjoyed and that I wanted to write, did she have any advice? I was shocked when she actually wrote me back. Not only that, but she gave abfab advice by telling me to join RWA and learn the craft. I did exactly that a month later and wrote her back telling her that I had joined and was going to my first conference later that year. Incredibly, Pat was giving a workshop at the very same conference and I had the honor and pleasure to meet her in person.
Romance writers are a wonderful community of creative, hard-working people. And Pat's generosity of spirit is in no way uncommon. Since then, I have emailed many authors and have received some wonderful advice from these wordsmiths. That they still manage to take the time to answer a reader is one of the many magical aspects of this profession. Our words touch others.
So have you read a great story lately? Been touched by a spunky heroine? Fallen in love with a funny, sexy hero? You have? Great! Write the author a note telling her that. Or if you've already done this and gotten a great reply, share it with the rest of us. Spread that good karma around.
BTW, Pat's latest novel comes out next week. I think I'll be writing another email very soon.