I got this note from a friend with whom I'd shared my novel, Frog Haven. I was gratified to get it, because I had just received yet another rejection from a literary agency. I was very sad and depressed. The letter cheered me up.
Thank you for writing and sharing with me Frog Haven. Sissy is a heroine. I was worried for those kids. Is she you?
I know that many of the places you mention are real--for example, there is Union College in Schenectady, I think.
I don't like rules about some things, like what I put in my body. About staying up or not. I'm really undisciplined. I'm obeying some capitalization rules for that character, Sissy's father.
I loved your novel. It's the first novel I have completed in many years. Thank you again.
Here is part of my response: