Here’s a good one:
Lieber Herr Preller,
Ich würde gerne wissen wieviele Bücher Sie von Puzzle Paul geschrieben haben.Ich mache nämlich einen Vortrag über Ihnen und ihre Bücher.
Dear mister Preller,
I would like to know, how many books you have write about puzzle Paul? I am making a prestation for school about your Books.
Thanks a lot and many greets.
Viviane S from Switzerland
PS: I like your books very much
Quick background for my blog readers (and I thank you for that): Yes, as you may have gathered, quite a few Jigsaw Jones mysteries have been translated into German. In the process, he was renamed “Puzzle Paul.” My books have appeared in several different languages, including French, Spanish, and Italian. I recently learned that the translation rights for Six Innings have been sold for Korean, and I can’t wait to see that!
Many greets to you, Viviane!
It is exciting to hear from a reader in Switzerland. I traveled in your beautiful country once, back when I was a hitchhiking, tent-sleeping, bread-and-cheese-eating (read: poor) college student in the, ahem, early 1980’s. Cough, cough. Good times, good times.
In English, there are 37 different Jigsaw Jones titles. However, I think there are about 8-10 that have been translated into German. Which, frankly, amazes me. Did you realize that the original, English-language versions feature only black-and-white illustrations, while the German editions come in full color? Though the German editions translated my words, the publisher hired a new artist, Peter Nielander, to create all new artwork — and the books come in hardcover! In German, my book, The Case of the Class Clown, is called, Der Spinnentrick, and there are spiders on the cover!
If you have any specific questions you’d like for me to answer, please send them along and I’ll be happy to answer them. I’d like you to get high marks on your presentation! In the meantime, you might want to look here or here for more info.
Thanks for reading my books!
P.S.: Your note inspired me to search in my files for a thick, thick folder of long-forgotten poems I wrote decades ago. I found the one I was looking for, written while I was sitting on a rock in Montreux, age 21. Ah, to be young and full of words!
I realized yesterday I have started to look forward to Fan Wednesday’s when it wasn’t posted. Two questions, Why Wednesday? Do your fans email their letters?
Oh, it has to be Wednesday. Monday is unthinkable, Tuesday too soon, Thursday too late, and Friday — ha! — Friday would be the work of a madman.
Must be a Wednesday.
Most of my fan mail comes the old-fashioned way, and usually ties into a school assignment of, say, “Write a favorite author who isn’t dead.” Lately I’ve been getting more emails, almost always from an adult assisting a young reader.
I prefer the email because it’s considerably cheaper and faster. Teachers: Those SASEs really matter!