After I posted to my blog yesterday, Dear Author … thank you for writing!, with the recommendation that readers take this time of self-isolation to write to their favourite authors, I received the following letter via email:
This was written by Nzarah Trimminham, my young NYC friend as I call her, who visits her grandparents on Bequia every year. Nzarah is a great reader and lover of books and no stranger to my blogs, having appeared in two posts previously … She was the first reader to answer the question “What are you reading?” on my blog of the same name, and Nzarah also appeared as a “guest reader” (swinging in that same hammock, or “hanmik” she mentions in my fan letter!) when I promoted Hazel Hutchins as part of the Authors-Readers International series.
And, as if that wasn’t enough of a connection, Nzarah’s “Granny in Bequia” is my friend and fellow author, Felicity Harley, who I have promoted a number of times on my blogs, and most recently on the Authors-Readers International series, as well!
It was Felicity who sent me Nzarah’s letter, since the entire family is currently self-isolating together OUTSIDE OF New York City where Nzarah usually lives with her mother. I have been sharing various sites and podcasts with them about books and reading so that Nzarah can continue with her studies during this time. As Felicity wrote when she sent the letter:
She was required to write a letter to someone. I suggested her Granny in Mustique, but she picked you and thought it up herself and wrote it. She’s in kindergarten and just learning to read and write – she’s a great reader. So glad you love it – I do too. Isn’t the tiny hammock so sweet!
So THANK YOU, NZARAH!!! My reading buddy, you have made me so very happy with your kind thoughts and words! I like to think you mean I am an amazing reader/writer! (“ridte”) I’ll take that compliment! The rat and cat book – “Strat and Chatto” – will be here for you on Bequia to read again when you next come back to visit. The hammock will still be hanging and, I hope, the cats and I will still be here, too! Until next time, My Friend!
But, in the meantime, I just have to ask … WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Your Bequia Friend,