The genre that your work is classified in is not one that I tend to read a lot of. However, you are one of my favorite authors. I have been reading your books since I was ten/eleven years old (I am 26 now) and had to steal them from my mom after she had gone to sleep. I did this because I was not allowed to read your books. My mom loved you but thought your work was too mature for me. Naturally, not being allowed to read a book made me want to read it more (that's the sole reason I read the catcher in the rye as well) but after reading Bag of Bones (which is the first of yours I read and my favorite still), I could not get enough of your work. I am an aspiring writer and when I heard about the book, On Writing, I was quite excited. I mean, how often does a writer get to read the words of wisdom from her favorite author? I love the book and find it to be very helpful. I am actually working on my first novel now. Everything before has been short stories and poems. The exercise you give in the book is what I am using as inspiration for my book. The only thing about the book that disappointed me is that I came up with a unique idea that I thought you would be able to find humor in and when I went to put it on the website like the book said, the website said you weren't taking any more submissions. I understand the reasoning behind it, legal mumbo jumbo. But it was disappointing because I thought I would have the opportunity to share some of my work with one of my top three authors and I don't. Again, I understand, and if you even read this (which I doubt) I know it won't change anything (there is nothing special or life changing enough about me to cause you to contact me- I don't need a dying wish fulfilled or anything) but I wanted to share anyway. I have a daughter who is ten months old and I find it amusing to think that maybe one day, she will see me reading one of your books and ask me about it. And being a good mother, I will tell her the books are too mature for her and to wait until she is older. And perhaps, she will sneak into my room while I sleep, read your books with a flashlight (and one ear always listening out for me) and sneak them back in before I wake up in the morning. Than, she too, will maybe fall in love with your books. You have a very vivid imagination and a wonderful, detailed way of making the reader feel as though they are there. Keep writing!