Most writers receive fan mail. It various from week to week as to the number of emails I receive. I always try to reply to a reader. It is not an easy thing to write an author. Someone who makes that effort deserves to hear back.
People write for any number of reasons. Ever so often a writer receives an email from a reader that reminds him of that some good can from writing a book. To instill the love of reading has to be one of the best rewards any author can earn.
Dear Mr. Moore,
Hello! My name is Cliff. I am 15 year old and live in British Columba, Canada. I just finished your novel "God of Darkness" and wanted to tell you that I really loved it. I think you are an awesome writer and can't wait to read more of your work. I'm honestly not much of a reader and it normally takes me a long time to actually finish a novel, but I read "God of Darkness" in only five days. That is a record for me! Your writing really grabbed my attention and made me want to continue reading. I'm actually kind of shocked that I could get so much enjoyment out of reading. I want to thank you for that!
Anyways I was wondering if it would be possible to get an autographed bookplate? Or would it be possible to send you my copy of "God of Darkness" and have you sign it? I'm not sure how it works, but I could send you a money order or a self addressed stamped envelope if you'd like. Just let me know. I'd truly consider it a great honor to have your autograph!