Dear Amelia Atwater-Rhodes,
It's hard to find words for the depth of my appreciation for your work. I was almost 14 years old when I first picked up In the Forests of the Night, and was glad to read something about a young person that was serious, emotionally compelling, and genuinely funny at the same time. Imagine my surprise when I read the back cover and saw that it was written by somebody who had been my age at the time! I was hooked, and I continued to read the Nyeusigrube series until I was caught up. A few more have been added by now, and I plan on revisiting it along with a refresher on the original Quartet in the coming year.
Over a decade later I'd never forgotten your name but only met a handful of others who knew your work, but they invariably loved it. I read Of the Abyss while I was transitioning from working in a bookstore to a call center and suddenly had lots of free time on my hands. I blew through it in 2 days and devoured Of the Divine only to spend the next few months eagerly awaiting Of the Mortal Realm because the first two so perfectly captured so many of the fraught forces at work in our society today. The characters were vivid and believable with preconceptions and convictions that run parallel to conversations I hear from real people about politics and morality. I cackled, sobbed, and gasped through the trilogy that, in my opinion, is one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time.
I could gush further, but I would rather thank you for being one of the most inspiring figures in my life. Storytelling is a passion we share, and hopefully someday I'll have a manuscript for you to read that will make you proud. Until then, I'll just keep ordering your books in every bookstore I spend time in, and plugging them to every customer and coworker I have.
Thanks for everything,