Authors sometimes get letters that completely warm their hearts.
A reader sent this to me via email, letting me know what his grandson thought of Dancing Priest, the first in the Dancing Priest novels.
“My grandson is in 8th grade in a Catholic elementary school. His class was given an assignment to read an adult level book (as opposed to a children’s book) during the current quarter. He asked me for some ideas.
“I looked over my home library of novels that I have accumulated over the years. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t appropriate for his age due to excessive violence or offensive language. So, I gathered three Grisham books and your Dancing Priest and gave them to him while encouraging him to read your book.
“Early this morning at 12:50 am he sent me this text: ‘It’s 12:50 and I have just finished reading Dancing Priest. That book was one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Thank you for lending it to me.’ His comment made me smile and I responded that he’d really like the next book, A Light Shining, just as much. He said he really wants to read it even though it wouldn’t be required at that point. I plan to lend it to him once I get it back from our neighbor who’s reading it now.”
I can picture Michael Kent right now – with a big grin on his face.
Top photograph by Joel Overbeck via Unsplash. Used with permission.