• Gary Seigel

A Fan Letter from Brighton, UK

You'd think during a pandemic, cloistered for nearly six months, writing would be easy. It's not so easy. I often feel like I'm running in circles or hitting my head against a cement wall, or....simply wasting my time. Ever feel that way? I am working on Haskell 2, a love story set in 1968-69 during tough, challenging times when being true to oneself could cost you your career, your livelihood, as well as your freedom. Fortunately, times have changed, and so I wonder if this story even remains relevant. Several readers have said they're tired of reading depressing stories of how tough it was in the past. And then I get this email. Thought I would share it with you. Hi there Gary, I am not sure if you will read this or not as I am sure you get a huge number of emails. I just wanted to personally thank you for such a wonderful book. I read Haskell in a day and it was a roller coaster of emotions. I have never reached out to an author before but your book has compelled me to do so. I live in Brighton in the UK - which is a wonderful city where you can be who you want to be and embraces all the letters, not just LGBTQ. So I have been incredibly fortunate not to have needed to worry about being who I want to be and am happily married to my husband and this is just the norm. Reading Haskell really brought home to me though that it hasn’t always been this easy and I think that one can sometimes be a bit complacent and not remember the pain and the struggle that others have gone through (and continue to do so in some countries and cultures) for love. I wish you every success with your writing. I have subscribed to your news letter and cannot wait for another Gary Seigel novel. All best wishes James

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