The Gracious Neil Gaiman

by Kelly

Surprisingly, neither David nor I have written a lot about books on our blog yet.  We are both avid readers and share a love of fantasy and science fiction but most importantly, we just share a love of story telling.  There is nothing better than getting immersed in a good story filled with characters that you care about.

One of the best story tellers around is Neil Gaiman.  He has written some of my favourite books including Neverwhere and American Gods.  Rather than attempt to write a blurb about his work myself, I’ll include a quote from Mr. Gaiman’s website (www.neilgaiman.com) that is a representative summary  – or as representative as anything called a summary can be anyways:

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in comics, and also writes books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

If you’re looking for something to read or just want to check out an author you might not have read before, read something by Mr. Gaiman.  I can’t recommend his work more strongly…but something else that I also wanted to remark on is how gracious he is with his time.  He shares much of himself and his life via twitter (@neilhimself) and his online journal (http://journal.neilgaiman.com/).  He tirelessly answers questions from fans – even ones I’m sure he has answered many, many, many times before.

The question and response that made me want to write this post was about a fountain pen.  A fan wrote in and asked Mr. Gaiman how he keeps his fountain pens from leaking when he travels.  Answering this question doesn’t provide Mr. Gaiman with an opportunity to promote any of his projects nor does he take the opportunity to get in a product plug of any kind.  With all of his success, he still seems genuinely thankful and surprised that anyone would take the time to write him with a question of any sort.  I get the sense that he is as big a fan of his fans as they are of him!

I’ve never written Mr. Gaiman nor asked him a question of any kind but I like knowing that I can – and that I will likely get a thoughtful and sincere response.

You can find Mr. Gaiman’s detailed bio here:  http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/About_Neil/Biography

You can find detailed information on all of Mr. Gaiman’s work here:  http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/

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