My Dear Larkin’s Letters Fans,
As I sit on my bed sipping glorious hot coffee with a shot of French vanilla and enjoying the sound of the crickets echoing of off my window, I think of you. I want to thank you for loving Larkin’s Letters so much. It means everything to me – an unknown aspiring author who started writing just to cure my pathetic boredom and create an escape from the harshness of real life. Some of you, I know by name — the few who have reached out to me personally to compliment my book and my writing. Some of you, I have formed a friendship with – albeit a friendship created over the ever so impersonal spectrum that is social media. Even though we have never met, I still consider you a friend. You know who you are! Maybe we will meet some day. Although, I feel like we have already.
I never thought Larkin’s Letters would be so loved. Even though it is not even close to making any Best Sellers list, the small audience it has reached has given it such wonderful reviews. It is quite humbling. I am just thrilled that I even had the chance to have it published so that it could reach an audience. I can only dream that it continues to reach an even broader audience.
When I completed Larkin’s Letters, I never thought I would write a sequel. Ryan’s Letters was not even a thought in my mind. It’s words were never a whisper from my lips until I saw how loved Larkin’s Letters was. And after reading it and re-reading it and re-reading it, the idea of the sequel slowly crept into my mind. Not so much for myself or the readers who loved it, but more for Ryan, my main character. As a writer, you become so attached to your characters; so vested in them. They become your imaginary friends and you really want the best for them. With that said, I knew that I needed to help him grieve. I knew that his story was not quite over. I felt like I needed to give him some closure. And I truly feel that I was able to. Two years later, but better late than never, right?
And with that, I present to you Ryan’s Letters. It is finally available to the public tomorrow (9/29). As a new writer, there is a little nervousness that it won’t be as good, and that it will be a disappointment to those who are expecting it to be as good as the first. I hope you love it as much as you loved Larkin’s Letters. I hope you love it as much as I love you!