Fan mail Friday

Wow, am I behind on answering mail again! Sorry, folks–that’s what happens when you’re a writer on deadline, and I’m juggling TWO of them…

I have some great fan art to share with you this week, though. First up is a wonderful group portrait of the book club girls by Claire.

Claire's art

(As always, if you click on any picture here on my blog, it should enlarge for you.)

Claire, I love your attention to detail — Cassidy with her hockey stick (and Chloe!), Becca on her cell phone, Megan shopping (!), Jess with one of her goats and a book bag, and Emma reading (of course!), with Pip peeking out from behind her. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sending this to me!

It’s interesting, this week as I started in on my pile of mail again after neglecting it sadly for a bit, I found that I’d received letters from a wide range of locations. Claire is from the United States (Tennessee, to be exact), while this next piece of artwork is from Zoie, a reader in Canada (Ontario, to be exact):

Zoie's art (1)

Thanks, Zoie! I love this card!! And I love what you added inside, too:

Zoie's art (2)

Because who doesn’t love PIE on their birthday? Or any day? Funny thing is, we often have pie instead of cake for family birthdays, because we are all serious pie fanatics. When my oldest son was just a toddler, he requested pumpkin pie for his birthday, with Teddy Grahams marching around on it. We were happy to oblige!

Continuing with our world tour, let’s hop from Canada on to my final treat for you today, which comes from two sisters living in MALTA!!!  (Click on the link to learn more, or look it up on a map.) How cool is that? I have readers in Malta!

This picture is by Amy, who also told me that she has nine tortoises for pets. How exotic! I would dearly love to meet them.

Amy's artDon’t you just love this drawing? I do!  You’re a wonderful artist, Amy. I love Jess and her braid, Megan with her stylish outfit, and Cassidy with her Red Sox T-shirt (by the way, GO RED SOX!). Well done!

I’m giving Amy’s sister Megan the final word today. This made me laugh out loud. I absolutely love it — wouldn’t it be great on a T-shirt? Thank you, Megan!

Megan's art

 

 

Fan mail Friday

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you all!

Happy New Year birds

Can you believe it’s 2015?

It’s now officially the year that Marty McFly traveled to in the movie Back to the Future II.

Marty McFly 2015

What? You haven’t seen Back to the Future II?!  What are you doing reading this blog? Go right now and watch it.  Now!  Go!  Shoo!

I’m still waiting for my hoverboard to show up…

hoverboard

Meanwhile, what HAS shown up is wonderful, fabulous mail in my mailbox! And I want to share some of it with you. (By the way, I have just one New Year’s resolution this year:  Catching up on all my mail. If you’ve been waiting patiently to hear back from me, please be patient just a wee bit longer…)

How would you like to find an envelope addressed like THIS in your mailbox?

Hand-lettered envelope

This is from Lydia and Hannah, and the envelope was HAND-LETTERED and decorated by Lydia (I couldn’t put all of it on here, because I want to keep their return address private). Absolutely knocked my socks off. Someone has a promising future as a graphic designer and artist, don’t you think?

Inside was a letter, also BEAUTIFULLY decorated …

Lydia and Hannah letter

… and so very enthusiastic and kind it just made my heart sing! I am so humbled and grateful to have readers like all of you.

In addition to this fabulous letter (not gonna show you the other side, because of personal information), there was this very clever and accomplished drawing:

MDBC hair

If you click on it, it should enlarge for you. It’s by Hannah, and isn’t it wonderful? I LOVE the idea of showing the characters’ hairstyles — from the back!  So unique! Your artistic career is inevitable too, Hannah, from what I see!

Thanks, girls, for starting my new year off with a bang! And look for a reply from me in your mailbox soon…

 

 

 

Fan Art Friday

It’s been quite a few Fridays since I’ve posted fan art — we’re way overdue!  I have a trio of fun drawings to share with you today from my readers.

First up is Malory’s picture of Megan:

Malory's fan art

Supercute, right?!   Go, Malory!

Next, Eman gives us a glimpse into each of my book club girls’ personalities:

Eman's fan art

Love it!  (And have to tell you something funny — the first time I glanced at this, I wondered “Why is that hockey stick using a baby chick for a puck?!” Then I took a closer look and realized they were two separate drawings…)  Great job, Eman!

And finally, Caroline was asked to draw a scene from a book for a school project. She chose the moment in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS where Becca and Megan are on a Christmas cruise, and Megan has just learned that she’s going to Paris with her grandmother. Megan is twirling in excitement, but Becca is disappointed. Caroline wrote, “I picked it because I could imagine it perfectly.”  Thanks to your drawing, Caroline, so can we!  Here it is:

Caroline's fan art

You’re all rock stars, girls!  Thank you so much for sending me your beautiful artwork!

 

Fan Art Friday

Is it Friday again already?  This past week went by in a whoosh… 

I have more great art to share with you today — this time around a lovely black-and-white line drawing by Emma.  Double-click on it for a closer look.

Emma R's Fan Art

As always, I’m amazed and impressed!  Beautiful work, Emma!

Fan Art Friday

It’s my favorite day of the week — the day I get to turn the spotlight on YOU!

(I’m fond of Story Starter Saturday for the same reason.)

I’m turning over a NEW LEAF for 2014, and am going to try and not only get caught up with all my mail, but stay caught up with all my mail.

We’ll see how that works out, right?

Heh.

So to those of you patiently awaiting replies to your letters and emails, hang in there a little longer. I’m diving into my pile o’ mail even as we speak…

Meanwhile, I have a treat for you.  First of all, a glorious self-portrait of Miranda and Sofia, who were 11 when they sent me these pictures LAST SUMMER, and are probably, like, 27 by now. And have grown long, gray beards waiting for me to finally, FINALLY, post their pictures!Miranda & Sofia

Could they possibly be any cuter?  I don’t think so.

Isn’t this a great picture for a cold, rainy Northwest winter day (cold and snowy where many of you are)? Such a blast of summer! I’m keeping it here on my desk to remind me that warmer days are coming…

And here’s the drawing that Sofia did for me:

Sofia's artSimply stellar, Sofia!  (stellar: of or relating to the stars; outstanding — in other words, you’re a star, Sofia!)

Thank you so much, girls — your cheerful faces, lovely letter, and delightful drawing absolutely made my day!

Stop by tomorrow as we kick of the brand-new year with a brand-new Saturday Story Starter.

 

Fan Art Friday

Now that I’m back in town for a while (more about my travels later), I finally have time to share with you  some of the AMAZING, INCREDIBLE fan art that has found its way to me recently!

When this particular package came in the mail a few months ago (yes, shame on me, it’s been that long since I’ve had a chance to sit down and organize my blog), I was speechless. Just. Speechless. The care and love and thought and artistry that went into making each of these lovely friendship bracelets–color coordinated to match the corresponding books–totally blew me away.

So Brianna, today’s post is ALL ABOUT YOU!  I’m sending love & hugs your way, as words are inadequate to tell you how much your beautiful gift meant to me. I’ll treasure them always, along with your letter.

These photographs don’t do Brianna’s craftsmanship justice, I’m afraid. If you click on them, though, it should enlarge them so you can see at least some of the detail.

Fan Art Friendship Bracelets

Fabulous (as Wolfgang would say), right? Here’s a closeup of the bracelets on their own:

Friendship Bracelets

Just had a brilliant thought:
I’m going to hang them on my Christmas tree this year!
*perfect*

Fan art Friday

So this week I’ve been tackling my (staggeringly ginormous) pile of mail, now that the first draft of my new novel is finished. I just love reading letters (and email) from my readers, and I treasure each and every one.

Here are a couple of fun items that turned up over the past couple of days.  They were mailed to me a LONG TIME AGO, and I truly apologize for the lateness of my replies, girls!

First up is an owl collage from Colette:

Owl collage(Click on it for a larger view.)  Isn’t that gorgeous?  She did it just for me, because she knows I’ve had owls on my mind recently. (You can read about that by clicking here and here.) Thank you, Colette!

As if that wasn’t enough riches for one week, I also received this totally fabulous drawing from Emma!

Emma's drawing

 

(Again, click on it for a larger view.) Emma is a third grader who wants to be a writer, too.  I think she should illustrate her own books as well, don’t you?

Thanks so much, girls!  And look for a letter from me soon…