Fan Mail

Sometimes a book comes along and you simply need to reach out to the author and tell them what their story meant to you. I did that today.Gracefully Grayson

I’ve been doing a lot of research on transgender issues for a writing project I’m working on. I’ve read dozens of books – memoirs, novels, picture books, non-fiction. All of them have helped me better understand the transgender experience.

And then I read a review of Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky. I was surprised to find a novel for young people on this subject that I hadn’t yet stumbled across. It wasn’t in my library (they need to get a copy!) so I had to request an interlink loan. (The book was shipped to my library from another city.)

I gobbled up the story in one sitting. As I told the author in an email, the best word to describe this story is ‘tender’. And brave, just like the protagonist, who, baby step after baby step blossoms into the person she was meant to be.

In a way, this is the book I was hoping to write, but I couldn’t find my way, so I changed directions. I’m so glad Polonsky pulled it off, and so beautifully.

7 thoughts on “Fan Mail

  1. roughwighting

    You are so graceful in your praise of the author who wrote a book you wanted to. I know that feeling – sometimes I read a book I love so much I get jealous. Will I EVER be able to write like that? Well, of course, we write our own way, and it’s just as lovely, but from our own spirited view. As an author, you and I know how terrific it is to hear from an admiring reader. Kudos for you for reaching out to Ami.

    1. Shelley Hrdlitschka

      Thanks Pam. I think the best thing we can do as authors is read well-written, meaningful books and trust that by reading good literature we’ll absorb the good writing which will, in turn, improve our own skills. Thanks for visiting my site!

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