Tom Robbins is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve also examined his works for writing elements to bring to my own craft. So last year I wrote him a letter:
Thanks for your time, your consideration, and for the bombastic vivacious writing that reminds us of what an awesome, worth-living-in world we share. I hope to do my own part in bringing more wahoo to the page, to the world and to the soul, in my own way.
The best part? He wrote me back. He even agreed to my request of reading the first page of my novel.
Of course I had to get the bugger ready. And that’s why, many months later, I’m finally writing him back. The novel has undergone a lot of work, but the first act is pretty solid now. Solid enough for me to put a certain envelope in the mail today.
Next time, I think I’ll be able to write back sooner.