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Never Give Up/A Letter From Dean Koontz

  Dean KonntzI've been blogging for over two years now, and lately I've been doing some serious soul-searching about the value of working so hard.

Then today, I received an email from Dean Koontz concerning a post I wrote about him at Visionary Fiction Alliance, and it has energized me in a way I haven't felt energized in a long time.

Dear Margaret,
 
My editor at Bantam, Tracy Devine, sent to me your lovely post at Visionary Fiction Alliance, and I'm asking her to forward this to you.  I was quite touched by your words. After a long career as a novelist, I've learned that what anyone writes about my work, good or bad, will only occasionally, very occasionally, be written with true insight regarding my intentions.  For so many years, I have denied being a horror novelist, never thought I was, and struggled to prevent earlier publishers from putting that word on my books.  You got to the heart of what I try to give readers when you mentioned hope and healing, and spoke of seeking to "help readers see the world in a new light and recognize dimensions of reality they commonly ignore."

Best wishes,

Dean Koontz

Oh my, talk about synchronicity!

Thank you, Dean Koontz, for taking the time to inspire a fellow writer to not give up. Ever.

I'm back.