About three years ago, I posted a story online which has been relatively popular. No, you cannot read it. (Sorry, don't mean to be mean, but yeah....) Anyway, I got a little email from someone today which was very nice, saying they liked the story. Actually, saying they liked the story in rather extraordinary terms. They talked about how this was the first time they've ever written to an author, but it was just so so moving. And ended it with please respond.
Typically, I would send a nice thank you message and then move on. I really do appreciate kind words like this and that they took their time to read a silly story of mine.
However, this email address rung a bell and so I did a search for it in my Inbox. This person has sent me 4 different emails about this story, two of which state that it's the first time they've ever written an author. They wrote me twice in 2006 about the story. Again, in 2008, and now in 2009.
So, do I just have a very forgetful fan, in which case I will send a thank you note (the previous three emails all got thank yous), or do I have a stalker, in which case I perhaps shouldn't encourage them? I don't think I will be mean enough to forward the previous first time ever letter to them.