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Dear Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

Dear Rene,

I’ve been a big fan of your books since I first picked up Boo on the recommendation of a trusted reading friend in 2008. (Has it really been less than 2.5 years? Seems longer, in a good way.) I’ve now read 11 of your at-present 17 titles, and I’m not planning to quit!

Somehow I feel more connected to you, as well, because you live in Oklahoma. Not that I love Oklahoma, particularly, but I have lived there (my parents still do). I feel particularly connected to you and all authors from the central United States, because that’s where my roots are. To some extent, we have a shared life experience, in this. I feel this kinship, this connection, but that doesn’t mean people from outside the central United States can’t connect to your books — not at all!

While I have to admit I first fell in love with your comedy novels — Scoop is my favorite — I love that you write in multiple genres. Actually, I think excelling in more than one style or type of book is a sign of a skilled writer. Possession, your latest, is certainly one of your best. Maybe the reason I love the lighter ones is simply because I read them first?

More than that, I love that you write in more than one genre because it’s evidence that you’re growing as a writer, which is something I always hope for.

These are just a few of the reasons why I’m a fan and why I decided to have a Rene Gutteridge Week. I’ve got reviews, a couple guest posts, giveaways, and even an interview with you, (Thanks!) so I think it’ll be good.

Looking forward to more,

Wait! Don’t go away yet! Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession [review later today], to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through Friday, January 28, 2011.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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