My Letter to Ilona and Gordon Andrews
I know those of you who follow my blog know I don’t often do serious. But this letter is full of sap and heart. It is probably not what you would expect from me, but every word is 100% true. Just thought I would give you a heads up. 😉
I love authors. I don’t think that’s a secret. They are, after all, the reason we are all doing what it is we do in blogland. When Katie and Patti told me about a blog crawl (hosted by Kassa) whose sole purpose is to celebrate authors, I knew it was something I had to be a part of. To participate in this event, I simply had to write a fan letter to an author I enjoy. So here’s what I came up with.
This is not the first letter I write to this couple. And I can’t help that the first letter and this letter will both have the same “I think you rock” feel. It is not my fault that I have huge respect for these two – that I felt it then and I still feel it now. Only now, my gratitude has grown even larger.
So, without further ado, here is my gush filled fan-girl letter to Ilona and Gordon Andrews.
Dear Ilona and Gordon,
I am not sure if you are aware, but I am the same Julie who wrote you a little letter and emailed it to you back on February 12 2010. I re-read it before sitting down to compose this and found that each and every word still rang true – but now there is even more I am grateful to you for.
In my original letter, I told you how much of a muddle my life had become. Of course, I didn’t see it that way a few months before writing you. I was a wife and a mother and that was my life. I felt as though my reason for being was to care for my family. Pretty much my whole world consisted of them. What I hadn’t realized was that I had become so focused on my husband and my children, I had lost sight of me. It had never even occurred to me that maybe I needed to take care of myself and to take the time to do things that were just for me. Suddenly, and it did seem almost overnight, I couldn’t remember what it was I liked doing. I couldn’t remember much of how I was before my family came into my life and I couldn’t begin to think about what I was going to do once my kids were old enough to care, at least a little, for themselves. I had lost ME.
After much insistence from my Aunt and my friends, I tried reading. I started with YA books and loved it. The stories were great but what was most important was that I was making time for me and finally doing something that was just about me. But not long after that, I lost interest in the genre. I tried finding books geared for adults and was really disappointed with what I found. I was very close to giving up hope. I thought maybe I had read the books I was meant to read and that maybe I should just go back to before. I decided to give it one more chance, so I went online. I researched and read many things about many authors and series and settled on 4 to try. And once I picked them up, I fell in love with each and every one of them. I had found absolute joy in reading and I haven’t looked back!
If I had not discovered those authors when I did, I would have gone right back to being a mom and wife and I would have continued being unhappy. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I really was unhappy. You can pretty much guess where this is all going, but I’m going to spell it out anyways. Ilona and Gordon, you are one of the authors I discovered during my online quest. In fact, of the four series I tried, your Kate Daniels books were the only Urban Fantasy series in the bunch. And now that I look back at that little fact, my love of UF is one of the newest reasons why I think you guys are made of awesome.
I knew nothing of the genre when I first found your books. I had never even heard of it. And honestly, if someone had come up to me and told me what UF was and to try it, I would have said ‘no thanks’, because I’m a little stupid like that. But it has become one of my go-to genres thanks to you guys. How many worlds and how many characters would I have missed out on if it weren’t for you, Ilona and Gordon?! If it weren’t for you, I would never have met many of the characters I now devotedly follow and love. I would never have gotten lost in page after page of magical cities filled with kick ass chicks and yummy men! Now, many of the characters I’ve recently met are great, but to me none are as memorable as Kate and Curran.
Your version of Altanta, with its shifters and vampires is just incredible. The characters you write and the world you’ve created are so powerful that I can’t get them out of my head. Even days after reading one of your Kate books, I still remember lines and quotes. They suddenly pop into my head and I find myself smiling a big stupid grin. And I suffer from Book Brain Fart Syndrome, meaning I barely remember character names when I close a book. So for me to remember quotes days after, that is saying something.
I am grateful for your introducing me to UF, but let’s not forget the main reason for this letter: You guys helped keep me reading! And thanks to reading and my addiction to books, I started my book blog. And through my blog I have met some of the most wonderful people and chatted with some of the most fabulous authors. Through my blog, I started feeling as though I was part of a team again. And I found out that I wasn’t the only wife and mother who had lost herself and who found her way back through reading. If I had stopped reading, I would have none of that.
Not only are you guys incredible writers, you are also wonderful people (even though you intimidate the crap out of me). I have seen this first hand. Your talent is extraordinary, even though you don’t think you possess that much ;). From the first Kate book to the latest, your voice has remained the same, but your style has become more polished. I know this may sound hokey, but I am very proud of what you guys have accomplished and I only hope that you are too. The lives you touch through your words are plenty. Just mention Kate or Curran anywhere and you get instant love. And how your books have affected my life?… I really don’t think I will ever be able to say ‘Thank you’ enough. I will forever be grateful for what you guys did for me and my family (since my being happy means everyone around me is happy). You have helped me find me again and I will never forget that.
So there you have it, from to bottom of my heart. Be sure to check out Leontine’s letter to CL Wilson which she posted yesterday. And tomorrow, you guys have to check out ‘Ethan’s’ letter to his author of choice!
And to see the list of all of the participants and when they are scheduled to post their letters, click here.
Thank you to Kassa for taking care of all the details. This was fun!
And finally, come back a little later today because I will be posting my awesome interview with none other than Ilona and Gordon Andrews! Woot!!!!! Seriously, the fact that I got to write these guys a letter and that I get to interview them makes this the Best. Day. Ever.