When I was a child, I would often skip recess and hide away in the school library, hidden amongst the shelves as I searched for new books to read and re-reading old favourites. Ella Enchanted was my favourite book for a very long time, but then you published Fairest - and even though I was a young teenager by that time, I instantly fell in love with it. Never before had a novel spoken so deeply, so strongly, or so personally to me. I have carried that book with me wherever I've gone in life since then, and it continues to remain the most resonating and relatable book that I own to this day.
I am writing this simply to say thank you, as your book has proven to be a great comfort and inspiration to me for all these years, and which I know will continue to be so in the years to come. Fairest gave, and gives me, a character whose feelings and thoughts, hopes and desires, are so incredibly like my own that it is sometimes frightening in their accuracy. Fairest also gave me hope for my own future, which I will always be grateful for. Even though I still have my ups and downs in regards to self-esteem, but whenever I re-read your book, I am reminded that I am not alone.
You, among others, are the ones who have inspired me to be a writer and pursue my own creative endeavours, whether they ever see the light of day or not. Thank you for spreading your love of writing to the next generation, and for sharing your stories with the rest of the world - you have touched more people with your writings than you will probably ever know.
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State: Alberta -
Carley Anne--Thank you! Anything by my friend Virginia Euwer Wolff is guaranteed to be good. Of course I love Jane Austen and Mark Twain.
Jennica Christman--I'm honored you're writing a report about me! Sorry, but I'm saying no to your request for an interview. I'm very busy getting ready for a book tour and writing.
Bethannie--Thank you for the constructive criticism. This is a subject I think about. Just saying, covers are the domain of the publisher, but you might take a look at the cover of my novel EVER and the hardback cover of my novel DAVE AT NIGHT, which is a lot about the Harlem Renaissance and has a major African-American character and at least one minor one.
Isabella Issa--I'm honored that you, too, are doing a report on me! I don't think you should worry about finishing stories. If you keep writing, that will come. I stay with my stories because if I don't, I won't learn how they come out. My blog and my books WRITING MAGIC and WRITER TO WRITER are full of advice for writers. Fun fact: In 2013, 304,912 books were published in the U. S. But China beat us out with 440,000.
Hello Mrs. Levine, I am a 5th grade student at Kirby Hall School. We had to write an essay due on April 4 about an author and I decided to do you, because Ella Enchanted was the first book that I truly loved. I love to read and write, but I can only write short parts of things because o
nce I start writing, my attention wanders off and I am never able to finish a whole story. I was wondering how you were able to stay focused on something for so long. I was also wondering if there was any advice or fun facts about writing or about your books that you would like to share. I also love your book The Two Princesses of Bamarre because of the courage and love between the two sisters. I just wanted to say thank you, once and for all!
P.S. I took a look at your husbands photo blog and just wanted to say that he takes awesome pictures
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City: Austin -
State: Texas -
Country: United States
Dear Mrs. Levine,
I have loved your books for a long time, and am writing you this note now because I respect you as a writer. I have noticed that few, really if any, minority characters feature in your literature. While your characters may vary by hair or eye color, height, or shape - they are white. If one were to be hopeful and imagine darker skin on some of your characters, they would be hard pressed to do so looking at the front covers of your books. While I do mean to criticize, I mean to do so constructively. I would challenge you to represent racial and ethnic diversity in your characters - particularly in your major characters. Have the heroine of a future book have brown skin and dark eyes, and let this be reflected on the cover. This is a change that would not alter the course of your story, but would make a difference to young brown girls (and boys) who read your work. Your books have the power to influence your readers to see the world in a certain way. I know that Ella Enchanted, in particular, influenced how I grew to understand love and power. Please wield this power well, and use it to help us imagine a world where all people can be seen as beautiful in their skin.
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City: Harrisonburg -
State: VA -
Country: United States
Dear Ms. Levine,
I am currently studying writing at Ithaca College. You have been a huge influence on my life and one of the major reasons that I want to become a writer. I especially love to write children's fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, also in part to your stories. "The Fairy's Mistake" was a favorite of mine; I remember checking it out of my elementary school library so many times that I filled up the stamp card inside! “The Two Princesses of Bamarre” and “Ella Enchanted” were also read over and over, but I had my own copies of those two.
I am taking ‘Women in Writing’ right now, a course that focuses on the female experience in the world and in writing particularly. As a part of that course we are each doing a report on a female writer that we admire. I am doing my report on you, because of how much I love your writing. I would love to talk to you more about your writing, especially your strong female characters in your children’s novels.
Thank you for your time, and for crafting those novels that mean so much to me.