Sunday, February 17, 2013
...a pick me up ;)
...it's tough not to complain about the new year, when every day there seems to be yet another blow dealt below the waist. While I'd consider the penning of a woeful list as being trite, if not laborious to read through on a Sunday evening, the lineup of rotten luck, six weeks into 2013, would be lengthy.
Therefore, when I opened my email this afternoon and read a personal letter from a young lady who'd recently finished my novel, South of Charm, the timing was impeccable.
...Mr. Grace, my aunt let me borrow your book when my husband and I were visiting. I am an avid reader, but it usually takes quite a book to hold my attention, so I was surprised to finish your story in two days. I just want to say, wow!, what an amazing book. I believe that some of the story is indeed a memoir, which made it so haunting for me.
Thank you for shedding such an honest and raw light on mental illness. After reading this book, I was reminded that mental illness does not discriminate against age, gender, religion, or ethnicity. It can truly affect people at any time in their life, be them a spouse, parent, friend, or co-worker.
I am looking forward to reading many more novels by you!
...I don't believe in coincidence. Never have. However, the timing of this letter urges one to consider those signs that we're quietly offered from a higher power, often showing themselves during a period turmoil.
It's a showing of hope. A promise of better days to come. A warm hand upon one's shoulder, urging them onward.
I emailed her back, thanked her for the letter, and included the link to The Fall, currently available on Kindle, just in case she was serious about reading more of my work ;)
Thanks everyone for reading!