Something Utterly Amazing Happened to Me Tonight…
…I am just stunned and there are tears on my face. You hear about this happening to writers, but I never thought it would happen to me. A letter from a fan…
Dear Mr. Thomas,
Ken Kimberling, here, and I just finished the aforementioned book, AAIASOR. The timing of this particular read is heaven sent. I have been writing for years, but have yet to finish a single work, thinking of it as a waste of time and pure folly.
At 57, I have been out for over two decades to everyone except my sweet, wonderful, but devoutly religious, deep-dipped, fundamentalist Charismatic Christian mother, who has cast out the demon of homosexuality for hundreds of parishioners since I was 15.
I have stayed silent for more than a decade at the behest of my baby sister, with whom I’ve shared a home these past 23 years. Until September 9, 2013, the night of said sister’s 50th birthday. Great timing on my part, huh?
Nonetheless, I am free at last. The elephant in the room has cast a pall in my life that I could no longer live with. Until I could use my real name, I could not seriously consider penning anything that expressed what I want to say.
Then along came AAIASOR. What a roadmap for such a novice as me?! Thank you for the inspiration! I started over Sunday morning. Just one sentence, but Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and All The Saints! I can be authentic for the first time in almost six decades.
I just needed to say thank you. You have no idea what you have done for me. I’m a designer in Arkansas, and pretty damned good, if I do say so myself. But I am a wordsmith at heart. You have given me hope, and I will be forever in your debt.
I will never be the same,