I am not sure how many times I have thought about writing to you, and it feels a bit unreal to finally sit down to actually do it. I have no idea if this will even reach you, but I`ll take my chance, since I´ve already after 28 years on earth, have learned that I rather do what I want, and not regret what I didn`t dare to do.
I was around 13 the first time I read a book from you. I remember it vividly: How the women in the library said that maybe it was time I advanced to the “adult” books instead of just books from the “youth” apartment. How she picked out your book “Insomnia” from the shelf and put it in front of my curious eyes. “I`ll think you`ll love his books”. I was full of anticipation and eagerness to start reading. An actual book for grown-ups! Would I understand a thing? I remember how the front of the book looked, the invisible impression in an empty bed, and how I immediately fell in love with it (“Insomnia” it was called). ItTALKED to me, and I could not wait to discover the story behind the title and picture on the front. I don`t remember how quick I devoured it (probably lightning speed), but I do remember the feeling I had while reading it. I can still resurrect amazement when I realized how special this book was. “This is art” I thought, while smiling as I understood I`d been touched me a way that cannot be described in words. Full of ideas and lust for life, I immediately set a goal: I had to either read or see (if I didn`t have time to read all the books) everything that you`d ever wrote.
“I changed it. I had to. Do you know why?” She studied him, her eyes grave. “Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”
— Stephen King (Doctor Sleep)
Today I work as a psychologist, and I am sure that your books were one of the factors that made me especially curious and interested in the people around me.
Maybe it also was the other way around: My inclination to explore other world, led me to reading what I could, and by coincidence you were the first “real” author who made a lasting impact on my reading experience. Your books gave me much more than satisfaction of curiosity though; I’ve also found my imagination raising to the sky like balloons on a birthday party, and have kept that light alive since then. I wrote my first little novel when I was around 12 and last year I started a blog that already has over 300 posts.
Even if I’ve read a lot, I never fail to be mesmerized when I turn another page of your work. Your stories never fail to activate my synaptic roadmap, when I delight through your own spiderweb of connections. I also feel I know you a little, through reading the result of a mind baptized in a nurturing fantasy-world. Reading your books feels like watching a Pixar movie, and that is one heck of a compliment from a Pixarholic like me.
My birthday is the 22.09, and I guess you know why I want to mention that. I was born during the night, and have been happy I was born into this beautiful life most of my life (but I’ve had my depressive moments, of course). My other favorite author is by coincidence born on the same day as you, and comes from Norway (Lars Saabye Christensen). Maybe September children have been fed with some strange creative cereals? No matter what, I especially like how your books opens my autumn moods and intermix it with the hopeful emotions of spring.
Honestly, there are thousand things I love with your books, but it would take to many pages (and that`s not good for the environment) to write them down. But I want to mention a few examples: I like how you use names to signify something else, or to underline some points. An example is the name ‘Momo‘ that reminds me of a book by Michael Ende with the same title. My mother read those stories to me when I was a small half-German girl, so reading the name in a different setting, pulls another magnetic perspective on a story already blessed with different layers. Or like you would say: it’s like a dream within a dream, inception-style.
I also love that you use the same areas in your book, and how one can find one character in another book.
I have another confession to make about the reason for me being a fan: The feeling of reading work from a brilliant mind, that works in a interesting way. For example: In an interview you said you suddenly get new ideas, like when you thought about writing the sequel to “The Shining“.
It sounds like you`r mind always works on new exciting ideas, and luckily, they produce plenty of them. I’m not sure what I hope to achieve by sending this, but I know I never want to stop my dreams or stop believing in coincidences that lead me towards rare diamonds.
I would feel honored to hear back from you, but understand if that`s not possible. I just wanted to say, like I hoped to do, that I think you´r a wonderful man.
Thank you for giving me many moments of pure joy