Carol Diggory Shields

May 15, 2000

Post #1123 – 20000515

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

My life has come full circle and I can now die happy. One of the reasons I started writing was because of THE BIG ORANGE SPLOT. As a children’s librarian at the John Steinbeck Library in Salinas, CA, I read it to dozens of kids. Then I decided to live it. I got out my paint and started writing. A mere nine years later my first book was published (I AM REALLY A PRINCESS). And then, this evening, a friend called from San Francisco and said, “Hey, MARTIAN ROCK is being read on Daniel Pinkwater’s radio show!”

Unfortunately, the KQED signal doesn’t quite reach our hamlet, so I didn’t get to hear it, but this is truly one of the happiest moments of my writing life. Thank you!


Carol Diggory Shields

Daniel replies:

Charity and I had fun reading your book on the program. I have set wheels in motion which will result in your getting a CD of the program. Glad you like the idea. Supposedly, your publisher granted permission for us to do the reading--cause we don't read 'em unless they do. I guess they forgot to tell you.