Karen: A nice thing about being a writer seems to be that you have a chance to impact other people. Have you had fans come to you and tell you stories about how you've touched their lives? Do you have some favorites?
Lois: Let's see... there was one young lady who wrote me that mine were the books that she took out when they were living in the backyard after the California earthquake 'cause they couldn't go back in their house for the aftershocks. Mine were the books that sort of got her through that week.
I've gotten all kinds of notes from people who are either physically handicapped themselves or have children who are physically or have other handicaps. Miles [the character in some of my books], is an example that helps them to go back the next day and try again. So that's pretty cool. I've gotten interesting letters from blind fans and others. They keep asking me what my handicap is? How do you know all this stuff? I don't know how I know all this stuff. It's just there.
I got a wonderful letter from a lady who was reading "Shards of Honor" while waiting in line to do her banking. She got up to the teller and the teller said, "I'm sorry. I can't take care of your banking. The robber just took all of my money." Turned out that while she was standing in line reading, an armed robber had come in, held up the bank, and made his escape, and she hadn't noticed. They asked her if she could help identify the man and she said, Sorry, I don't think I can. Now, that was a fully-engaged reader!
Karen: The book was too good!?!
Lois: Yeah, so that was cool. Some of my books have been recommended for the supplemental reading for the military ethics course at the Canadian Air Force Academy. So, they get around in interesting places.
I've gotten letters from Australia, the Philippines, from Spain, Russia, and all over the world. My books are in 13 languages now and it's just astonishing to think how far my ideas have traveled. Had I known, back when I was writing in 1983 in Marion, Ohio, I would probably have been paralyzed with stage fright!
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