Thank you, Mr. Ross!
Just came across your website today and felt compelled to
drop you an email expressing my appreciation for your two
books, "Beyond Yonder" and "King of Vermont". When I was
recently caught without something to read, I found myself
re-reading Beyond Yonder for what is probably the third
or fourth time. My bookshelf is pretty small, mainly holding
copies of my favorite John Irving and Carl Hiaasen novels.
But two spots have been reserved for your books - tucked
safely between Bill Bryson's "A Walk in The Woods" and
Ariana Huffington's "How to Overthrow the Government".
King of Vermont took on new meaning to me after I made
my first attempt at running for office in Columbia,
South Carolina four years ago. I'm a Massachusetts native,
so the parallels to the world of the Chucks and Flatlanders
is quite appropriate down here in Dixie. My run for school
board ended quite badly, finishing 11th out of 11 candidates.
The three incumbents won along with a woman whose husband
spent $25K on signs to win her a job that pays $5K. I even
finished behind a bus driver whose sole platform plank
consisted of "We need better busses". Nevertheless, I
learned much from the experience.
Sorry to ramble on. Again, I just wanted to tell you
how much I enjoyed your books and hope someday you get
the opportunity to go even further beyond yonder. It's hard
to find consistently entertaining writing out there, so I
guess I'll just have to re-read your books every couple