Every time I do an interview one of the questions I get asked is who are my favorite authors to read when I'm not writing. That list is huge. Longer than I have space to fill out on the interviews and longer than I have space here for.:-)
But, it got me thinking about writing heroes. We all have them. One or two particular authors whom we completely revere and find ourselves jumping up and down like a loon when they actually are willing to not only speak to us, but encourage what we do.
My mom's writing hero is Glenn Kleier and today she was floored when he actually emailed her to thank her for mentioning him in an interview she did on Roseanne Dowell's blog. The smile on her face has yet to vanish. She was so honored and speechless that her hero was thanking her for talking about him!
My writing hero is without a doubt N.J. Walters. I fell in love with her Tapestry series and emailed her to let her know it. She emailed me back thanking me for telling her I loved her writing. As if that wasn't enough, she's the one who encouraged me to try submitting my own writing. The woman is a Goddess in my opinion. I even dedicated my debut novel to her because it really is thanks to her I was published. I'd never have tried if not for N.J. Walters and her encouragement.
So the question in, who are your writing heroes? Whoever they are, never forget to thank them for what they have done. Writers are such giving people and are so willing to help others reach their dreams. N.J. Walters, I thank you for what you have done for me. And Glenn Kleier, I thank you for making my mom's day. I love writers!