Emmetsburg High School
Dear Melissa Marr,
I am not the most fluent
when it comes to writing or speaking.
I am terrible at talking in front
of people, and words do not just flow from my lips. Sometimes I wish they would so I could write
the fictions that play through
my mind, but then, I realize reading
would never be the same for
me. I can't stop that; I
would be too analytical over books
I love. I
have always enjoyed
reading and watching the story play out before me, how could I ever find the inspiration to write my
own? Just a story,
unlike another, no cliches, no copying, something I
could truly call mine.
This is where your book Ink Exchange comes into play. The book was first introduced to
me as a birthday present,
my newly combined family is always trying to find something different, they try to stay away
from books because:
"all she does is read,"
in my father's opinion. However a teenage girl is hard to shop for, so they ended up buying
me books anyway.
Ink Exchange was one of many but it immediately caught my eye. Something told me I would really like this book. That something was quite right. Only a few pages into the book and I connected with Leslie, that's all it took. We both have gone through some not so great stuff.
The problems aren't
the same; however, they do mold you into who you are. All
through the story Leslie is searching for a way to be her own person, to break away, so to speak. When she found her tattoo, and her unknown bond with Irial, it instantly reminded
me of how the book spoke to me, minus the Dark King of Faerie.
This was a mini freedom for her, and I was right alongside.
I started writing
short stories that played through my
mind like a movie, they weren't
someone else's, they were mine. This new found ability
led me away from my normal
readings, led me away from Ink Exchange, it was unfinished. After some time I had no muse for anything
I loved, especially writing, and I could not stop thinking about the book. So I
picked it up and started over.
I reread the entire story, finishing
it for the first time. I sat with the book in my hand; the motion picture languidly started coming back to me. Along
with that the pages brought "Leslie's" feelings,
more or less. I have
always had this weird connection with book characters, I have never actually
told anybody because
no one listens. It's almost
like when I read about that character
I feel what they feel along with them, and whatever
mood I'm in when I close the book is just how I stay. So I understood
how Leslie went through the chapter in her life where Irial sucked her emotions away and she didn't ever feel for herself. As the book concluded I started
to realize I am my own person
and nothing changes that.
Throughout the book I
matured right along
with Leslie. Neither of us may have noticed it at the time, but some fears
are shaken and new ones reborn, but something inside will always say
"take risks, mistakes help you in the end". So if I may send my gratitude witha single thanks,
the inspiration was great. With that I bid you ado.