Category: Letters

Question from Holly

Question from Holly

I had a question about ‘The Girl Who Heard Dragons’. What was up with that book? It was like it switched to an entirely different story part way through. Love the series. I started with ‘Dragon Song’ when I was 12 and have read every book since. But was rather confused by that one particular book. Would you be willing give some insight please?


Hi Holly,

The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a collection of short stories, not a novel.

Cheers,

Todd

Request from Marie

Request from Marie

I am interested in writing children’s books based in Pern. I would love your blessing on such a challenge. I would send you some of the story so you can approve of it.


Dear Marie,

When Mum passed on she left specific instructions in her Will that only two people could write on Pern: me and my sister, Gigi. So, no, I cannot give you permission for such an undertaking.

That doesn’t stop people from writing fan fiction (which is not for sale, not for profit — see Mum’s Fan Fiction Rules for more information).

Mum always encouraged writers to build their own worlds. Many people were inspired by her and went on to become some of her favorite authors. Perhaps you could take on the challenge?

Cheers,

Todd

Letter from Michelle

Letter from Michelle

Hello Todd,

I am waiting for another Pern novel. I like those books. I had an idea about a sequel what if you could write about the effects of changing the course of the thread falling on some other world and then that planet gets affected by it and the survivors are seeking the cause of that and find Pern?
I would love to hear whether you are writing another Pern novel. I love you Namasté

Michelle


Hi Michelle!

You’re in luck! My sister’s first Pern book is due out this October, Dragon’s Code.

Cheers,

Todd

Letter from Steve

Letter from Steve

Your mother and your books have helped sustain me through what doctors say is the most painful condition known; chronic pancreatitis- and I don’t even drink! I did have chemical exposure at an ag. chemical plant.
Anyway, distraction is an important part of pain control, especially since rules have changed and one can no longer get adequate levels of pain killers.
Pern has been a vital part of my therapy. Getting lost in one of the weyrs, wishing F’lar would lose his temper sooner with Kylara soon enough to avoid the disaster, even exploring with Felesan and Jaxom.
Your books add a depth and open a part of Pern only hinted at in all the original books; tragedy is not so clean, neat.
I have worn out probably 4-5 copies ( paperback; hardback are too hard to hold while laying down) of each book, so now I am buying the series a few books at a time for the Kindle my daughter gave me. It is so easy to slide into the sky, to explore space, to look into the minds of those adept enough to partner dragons.

I just wanted to thank you. Money is never reward enough for what you have to go through to prepare each book. I am looking forward to finding out what the ‘dark planet’ on the other side of the sun from Pern is, and maybe finding out what happens if a rider turns rogue and a dragon is corrupted to become violent. I know that it might sully the perfect world your mother created, but it is a side of life we all face every day, even in America.
God bless your family for the aid you have- and continue to – give me through this trying 8+ year struggle. I know there is a purpose to all things, and looking forward to going ‘between’ to find out what.
Steve


Dear Steve,

I’m glad we have helped.

There’s a new Pern book coming out, from my sister, this October, so you’ll have more books to read!

Cheers,

Todd