Dear Virginia I am just writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful novels that you have put out over the years. I first read "The Hawk and The Dove" in 1988 (I was in grade seven at the time and it was my mother's book...I never gave it back). From then, I have read every single book and my favourites have been The Falcon and the Flower, The Hawk and the Dove and of course, my absolute fave, the Dragon and the Jewel. I guess you could say that I am biased, because my name is Eleonora. Your novels are splendid. They carry me away to another world and I often find myself saying, "I can't wait for the next one!!" I even read two books over when I was on my honeymoon in 2006. I keep all the books that I've purchased in a box and carefully wrap them, so they don't get damaged or wrinkled in any way. I am patiently waiting for the newest one. I think all the reviews and praise in the beginning of each novel is well deserved. Can't wait for the next one. I hope to visit Ireland, Wales or England one day soon.
Yours truly, Eleonora Iafano Ontario, Canada
A wonderful Fan Letter:
Once in a while I get a Fan letter that touches me deeply.
This is one of those letters.
I just wanted to share it with you.
Dear Ms. Henley, I am continually amazed by the way you weave a story and create such a genuine, intense emotion in me, the reader. On more than one occasion, I found myself saying, "Oh my God, this is simply ridiculous!" or "Are you kidding me?". Complete shock, I tell you. What got me is how in tune you create the complexity of human emotions, the strings of jealousy that are plucked in the hearts of men and women alike, the torrid passion that engulfs in the heat of love and hatred. Plainly put, I love your writing! :D "Unmasked" was certainly no exception. Velvet... what an incorrigible name! LOL. Thank you for making romance a continually pleasurable pursuit and for encouraging a sense of creativity, imagination, love, generosity and trust in the real relationships of our lives. There's always something to learn and take away from stories like these. I am glad that, unlike some tales out there, you reinforce a sense of 'intelligent romance'. It is a skill you are a master at. With admiration, Christine Joseph
Dear Ms. Henley, Well where do I begin. I guess it would be to tell you how much I love your books. I've been hooked since I read Ravished. Your books bring me back to a time of chivalry, knights, kings, queens and even Roman generals. After reading any one of your stories, I often times wish that I could have lived in one of those times. I can't get enough of reading your books. But your stories are more than works of fiction. There's real history there. It's because of your books that I'm so interested in British History. You have such strong characters. Your books are just so romantic and sensual and just so much more. I can't describe what that more is. Your romance novels are the only one's that I have read that just have that something more in them. I hope that you understand what I mean. Your books are just so true to human nature. You don't just slap the two main characters in a situation that they find their way out of easily. That's where the human nature part comes in. Your heroes and heroines make mistakes, but they overcome them and then they form a bond that cannot be broken. My absolute favorite book is Seduced. I can't tell you how many times that I've read that book. Adam and Antonia are just two characters that so much more I was talking about. Antonia taking place for her brother is just genius. It just shows me how strong women are and that we can overcome anything that we put our minds to. I wish that I could write as well as you. I wish that my imagination was as great as yours. I just wish that the wait for one of your books wasn't so long. I feel like September is always so far away. Each time I read one of your books, I never know what to expect. What other things can your characters go through. But that's the genius of your books. I really never know what to expect. Every time I think I know what you are going to do, you surprise me or add another unexpected twist. I truly wish that any one of your books could be made into something that I could watch. Every time I read your books, I have the same male in mind who could pass for the hero of your novels. Your heroes happens to be my fantasy man. Tall, handsome, muscular, dark hair, strong, just a hunk of a man. But never too perfect. I always wanted to be one of your heroines. They are just so strong and passionate and everything that I think women are(even if we don't realize that ourselves). I will continue to read your books as long as you keep them coming. You will always have a fan in me.
Sincerely one of your biggest fans, Josie
I hope this email finds you healthy and happy.
I wanted to tell you that I have been enjoying your work for about 3 years now, and I would like to thank you for sharing your talent with your readers!
I started reading your books with "Insatiable", and up until that point in my life, I had never read a book that actually made me laugh and cry!
After reading it, I went looking for your other titles, and bought every one I could find; I made Booksamillion order the ones that weren't on the shelf.
My favorite book of all of the ones you've written is probably "Undone".
I've read it several times and never fail to be enchanted and impressed everytime I read it! Your heroines are always such wonderful, complicated, feminine women who fit the story and give each book the realistic edge that makes them masterpieces.
Thank you for the hours of heart-felt entertainment that you've blessed me with!
I was just wondering, what inspired you to start writing, and what authors do you credit for your inspirations? Who did you enjoy reading before you became an author?
I'm interested to know who are your personal favorite books and authors.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email. Again, I am one of your most devoted fans, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your work.
You are such a talented author!
My response to Meshell....
What a lovely way to start Sunday morning, by reading your email.
I thank you for reading my books and for your generous praise.
My passion is history, not writing books. LOL.
I began writing when my children were little, but soon realized that a writing career demanded a commitment of time, that I did not have in those years.
When I turned 40 and my two sons were in their late teens, I decided that the time had come to put my own wants first.
I read a book by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVE.
She was the first author to blend history with a sizzling love story.
As soon as I read it, I realized that I could write books that blended history and romance. Other authors too jumped on the bandwagon, and I discovered Bertrice Small. Of my peers, I would say I enjoyed her books the most, especially the Skye O'Malley books. UNDONE is about real historical characters, and I think I like writing these stories best of all. I had known about the Gunning Sisters for years, and always wanted to write about them. The research took forever, because there wasn't much out there about them. My very favorite book is also about a real woman in history.
A WOMAN OF PASSION is the story of Bess Hardwick who began with nothing and ended up the richest woman in England after the Queen.
For years I had been reading books from the library, and my favorites include Jan Westcott, Jean Plaidy, who is also Victoria Holt, and Thomas B. Costain.
Last year I read THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and realized what a magnificent writer Philippa Gregory is.
My spam filter put your email in with hundreds of spam advertisements, but when I saw your subject line: To One of My Favorite Authors, I realized it was from a reader. I'm so glad I was able to read your letter.
Best always, Virginia