Unpacking another box (of things we obviously don't NEED since we moved in August and the box is still packed) I found this book and when I opened it to my favorite page I found something I thought I had lost, my letter from Peter Mayle.
My letter to him was brief and I mentioned how I felt it was "a daunting task; writing to the writer" and as you can see, he made me feel at ease about it. I also told him how his books were so well written that I had a tendency to live vicariously through him, knowing I would never be able to visit Provence.
He was very gracious to have taken the time to write me back, and obviously had actually read my letter.
I love letting good writers know just that, it's such a difficult thing for me to do (write) that I am often in awe of those I feel are well written.
I would "translate" this but then it would lose it's charm.