A Letter from Rick

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Nov 042011
 

Dear Ms. McCaffrey:

For many years I have enjoyed your books. I have lived among the dragons and the crystal – both in my mind and in reality – though your worlds have ways of making this world more bearable. Through your books you have been an inspiration for my continued writing efforts. While my s.f. has had few sale, many of my other writings have. I know this is just another fan letter among hordes, but if this note happens to come to your attention, please know that you have made a difference. I only hope that someone, someday, will say the same of my writing.

Sincerely,

Rick Meehan

Thank you, Rick!

All the best,

Annie

 Posted by at 12:42 am

Brainship Question

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Nov 042011
 

Hello, could you please tell me the chronological order of the brainship series, every website that I go to seems to be different from each other. thank you very much for your time.

Dan Crocker

Oh, Dan!

My memory’s not so good and those stories were written a loonng time ago.

I’m told that Wikipedia has a listing — and they usually get things right.

 Posted by at 12:37 am

eBooks

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Nov 042011
 

As a fan of your work, specifically the Rowan series, I’ve always wanted to ask if all your books would ever be available as eBooks. Though I own several of your books in paper back I tend to read on the go a lot and like the ease of ebooks.

Thanks for your time.
Chris S.

Chris,

I really don’t keep track of that.  That’s something my publishers deal with.

Ciao,

Annie

 Posted by at 12:32 am

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
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