writer's life

An Open Letter to John Flanagan

08.01.2017

Dear Mr Flanagan,

I’m reaching the end of The Royal Ranger and it’s giving me a sense of… I think the word may be “culmination.”

I’ve written to you twice before, and you responded to me both times–an act that has secured the loyalty of this reader regardless of how much pain and suffering you put your poor characters through. I wrote to you first when I was twelve and I’d just started Ruins of Gorlan. I don’t remember what I said to you then; I don’t remember what I said to you in my second email either. Now, I’m twenty-three. I’ve just graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. And I’m nearly done with The Royal Ranger.  

As I come to the end of these two journeys, I felt I should drop you a quick note to say how instrumental the Ranger’s Apprentice books have been in the development of my reading tastes and in my own storytelling abilities. You see, I am also a writer. And though my current novel bears very little resemblance to the Ranger’s Apprentice series by any standard, I have to say that your books were the training grounds for the way I think about stories and, specifically, characters. I think that’s bound to happen when a series is apart of your life for so long.

I don’t know whether to reasonably expect a response this time. I know you must spend much of your time writing, and you’re a great deal more popular now than when I wrote to you way back when. But I would just like to say thank you for what you do and I look forward to many more adventures from you in the future.

All the best,

Jean Thomas

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