Friday, April 25, 2014

Write a Fan letter.

How many times have you wanted to write a letter, email or note to someone who's work you  have admired? I have many times throughout my life and a few times actually did it. We all
 enjoy feedback when we have done a good job or inspired someone in any small way.
Yesterday, I emailed an author and artist that I have admired most of my life, Joan Walsh Anglund.
I was super and pleasantly surprised that she wrote back. Wow, that she would take the time
 to respond to little ol' me really made me feel as special as I hoped my email would do
for her. Email makes this process easier, so give it a try and make two people's day. 
Above is a photo of a few of my JWA collection. I remember the feel and beauty of her calendars that I received yearly from my Momma. They were heavier weight that what we get today. I kept them
for years for her illustrations and color but only their memory remains. You can see more of
her art, books and learn about her at her website Email her
too, if she has touched your life in any way. Below is our exchange from yesterday.
"A friend is someone who likes you"  Joan Walsh Anglund
PS ~ Yesterday was my Momma's birthday and I know she was smiling.

Dearest Joan,
I just wanted to thank you for all your beautiful creativity! My Mom and I have enjoyed your works most all my life. She has been gone for 28 years now but I cherish our memories over the love and illustrations in your books. I still have many books, a few dolls and memories of calendars and so much more.
You have been an inspiration in my life and I thank you most sincerely,

A friend is not living in close proximity, it is finding a matching heart that understands.

Dear Melinda,

It made me so happy when I read your loving message to me, to know how much you have enjoyed my books over the years. I feel we have been friends for a long, long time, and now to be in personal touch is a special joy I never expected. Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me. It means more than you can guess.

With warmest love always,
Joan Walsh Anglund