Let me tell ya, it makes me so happy I think I could cry. I think fan mail is what every author dreams of: those letters from adoring readers who were touched by your book. It's like you accomplished your goal.
I got a great email a few days ago from a mom reader that left me feeling totally validated as a mom and a writer. I'll share some parts with you:
"I just wanted to let you know I have just finished your book Perilous, and it was WONDERFUL! One of those books I just couldn't put down...You have me hooked on your books and cannot wait for the sequel to this. Well anyways just wanted to let you know you are an inspiration to young girls! You have followed your dream and that is amazing!! Keep up the amazing writing!!!!"I especially liked that last part, about being an inspiration to young girls. That's what I want. That's part of my platform as a writer, to reach out and inspire young people. The other part is to fulfill my desires of being a mom while accomplishing something else I enjoy.
So...if something touches you, let the author know! It's so extremely gratifying!