I had two events happen this past week that made it all worthwhile. All the hours, and days, and months and years that I put into learning about Rachel and how best to write her story and now spread the word about her story.
The first thing that happened is that I bumped into a neighbor at the grocery store who immediately started telling me about her horse-loving nephew. She’d given Alexandra the Great to him for Christmas and got the best note back about how much he loved the book. I gather he was a Rachel fan even before the book. My neighbor’s face lit up when she told me this. Who doesn’t love that kind of enthusiasm in response to the gift of a book?!
The second event was similar. Another friend, who gave the book to a student of hers, shared the girl’s thank you note. Here is her note:
This is why we write books! Sure, great reviews, fame and fortune are nice, but for me, these two stories make me feel like a million bucks. And that’s what it’s all about.