Amelia Gray Responds to a Hater

In 2012, the wonderful fiction writer Amelia Gray published a novel called Threats. In 2013, a disgruntled man named Earl took a minute to sit down and write a letter expressing his displeasure:

Gray, in turn, composed a beautiful response. Dear Earl, Thank you very much for your response to my book THREATS. One of the reason I write is to make a connection with people, and it’s humbling to me that a man in Crowley, Louisiana took the time to sit down and read upwards of seventy pages of my work. Here’s her full letter back to him. 

A week later, Earl returned the voided check with a note that said A Time to Kill is indeed the type of reading that he preferred, and told the author that, although he appreciated her suggestion, he also preferred to do his reading on a Nook. Amelia Gray pronounced her time with Earl “a sweet exchange, all in all,” and the rest of us sent her a complex sequence of high-fives and handshakes, as is typical with women, in our conversations among the insane.

[AG]

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