From a devoted reader

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Apr 262011
 

Dear Anne McCaffrey,

About 25 years ago, I discovered your book, The Harper Hall of Pern, when I was sixteen. Your beautiful writing entranced me and after all these years I still haven’t forgotten Menolly and her story. I recently introduced the book to my own sixteen year old daughter who loves it. I’ve read your other Pern books since and have enjoyed them all. I realized recently that out of all the books I’ve read in my life, and specifically all the science fiction and fantasy books, your stories have impacted my writing the most. You have a distinct way of pulling your readers into your fantasy world, and making us care about the characters. I’ve completed a few fantasy novels of my own and hope to be published one day. I just want to thank you for planting the seed.

If you have any advice for a new writer who wishes to become published, I’d welcome your thoughts. I hope I’m not being too forward in saying this, but I’d love to share my writing with you and see what you think. I hope to one day meet you in person. I wish you well and hope you are recovering from your surgeries.

All the best and with love,
Loretta Torossian
New York, NY

Loretta,

I’ve been asked this so many times I never have the same answer anymore!

First — keep reading. Writers are readers. Writers are also people who can’t not write.

Second, follow Heinlein’s rules for getting published:

1. Write it.
2. Finish it.
3. Send it out.
4. Keep sending it out until someone sends you a check.

There are variations on that, but that’s basically what works.

Ciao,
Annie

 Posted by at 12:20 am
Apr 262011
 

will there be more books to this fantastic series? seems like they were left off in limbo.

thnx!

Tom, I’m glad you liked the series but I really think I’ve said all I want to say in that universe.

 Posted by at 12:08 am
Apr 132011
 

Steve says:

David [Hayter]’s wife, Marisa Cody, just said the following, “You can tell them that not only am I a fan, but I lived those books when I was growing up. I read them so many times, they were falling apart.”

That means she has good taste and has a lot of company. It also means David will have extra pressure to do a great job from a fan point of view.

As you can see, we really made sure Pern is in good hands!

 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Apr 122011
 

I know everyone has been waiting and asking for a long while to see what’s going to happen with Pern and film.

Today, Copperheart made a major announcement and I couldn’t be more pleased.

David Hayter, of X-Men fame (among many other films) has signed on to write the screenplay and Don Murphy, who has worked on many films including Splice and Transformers, has signed on as an executive producer.

For full details, click here.

 Posted by at 10:13 pm
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