Why wouldn't I write to someone who has, for better or worse, touched my mind and imagination? Simply the fear of sounding stupid and common.
I'm sure Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, and Stephenie Meyers already hear hundreds of 'I love your book!' Surely Christopher Moore knows he's funny and Dan Brown realizes his writing causes readers to stop and think. J.K. Rowling can captivate the minds of all ages and Angie Sage feels the demands to continue writing. What makes me so special?
There is nothing I can say to a published author that they don't know or haven't heard before. So I shouldn't interrupt their writing time, right?
Wrong! What if every reader decided to stop writing to their favorite author? How would that feel? Having a ton of fan letters and a full inbox may be overwhelming, but at least they know their fans are with them and support their writing.
Granted you may only get a printed form letter, with some promotional swag, that an assistant mails out to all fans. Sometimes, though, you'll also get a small personal note jotted at the bottom (as I did from Holly Black) which can make your day.
You'll never know what your favorite author may do, unless you try. Who will you contact today?