Dear Mr. Davis,
The first book of yours I read was Raising Dragons. It was probably at least 9 years ago, maybe more. I very quickly fell in love with your writing and characters, and flew through the entire Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire series. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read through them since. I have such fond memories of waking up extra early to read a chapter or two before getting to my schoolwork, and finishing as quickly as I could so I could read the rest of the day. My brother got frustrated with me for reading all day and not wanting to play with him!
Billy, Bonnie, and crew became my best friends. There was a time in my life when I didn’t have any close friends and was very lonely. Your books were what I turned to. They brought me such joy. I laughed and cried with them, felt their pain and loss, celebrated their victories as if they were my own. I immersed myself in their world and was able to forget about my problems for as long as I needed to. Bonnie taught me so much about faith, she has always been one of my role models. Because of her, Psalm 139: 7-12 became a favorite passage. Billy and Walter taught me what friendship is like. Most all of your characters taught me some important lesson about life. I will always be grateful for your books.
Not only do I love the Dragons in our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard (I always had faith you’d continue the story. I don’t think I’d ever been more excited than when you announced these books!) series, but all of your other works. The Dragons of Starlight and Tales of Starlight series are incredible. Tales of Starlight especially had an impact on me. Those books seriously upped my standards in reading material. The Time Echoes trilogy was a fun read, though hard to wrap my brain around at times! I generally don’t like dystopian-esque tales, but the Reapers trilogy so far is fabulous and I can’t wait to finish it.
I want to thank you for everything your books have done for me. They were my comfort for so many years. While I do not read them as much as I used to, I still think of them often. They taught me so much and helped me get through some hard times in my life. I don’t know where I would be had I never read your books. Because of your influence, I discovered many more authors and series that I still love to this day. You helped feed my love for books! I discovered an intense love for dragons and fantasy novels. While I have read many a book about dragons, none have ever been quite as good as yours. Because of you and your books, I am a better person, stronger in my faith, and much more well-read than I was before!