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  1. Despite my lack of a quality name slash email (trying to keep anonymous) I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing. Pretty much more than I love my mom…just kidding mom love you…
    but real talk: your blog inspires me soooooooo much! Your form of writing and the way you convey yourself and your humor through your writing is just impeccable and I love it and I love you and I don’t even know you ;). Honestly though, I absolutely love your style and passion for what you do and I just wanted to let you know that because of this blog, I’ve decided not to give up on my journalism dreams. (don’t flatter yourself too much there were other reasons why I chose not to give up but you were the biggest, last step;))) SO THANK YOU FOR BEING FLAWLESS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEPARTURE from THE WOMB ITS CHANGED MANY PEOPLES LIVES IM SURE. JESUS LOVES YOU!!


    1. Dear Bob the Builder Sweggy Fox,

      YOU ARE SO MYSTERIOUS! If you’re a real person, well, THANK YOU! You are far too kind and I bet your mom is awesome too. If you ever want to become non-anonymous around here, I will greet you with open Internet arms (not as creepy as it sounds).



  2. Loved your piece on Mary Ann Cotton at Jezebel! I wrote a bit about that wretch in my upcoming book, DEJA NEW. If you’d like to see Isabella’s chapter (she basically observes her mother murdering her while flat on her back in bed, and knows what’s coming) I’d be glad to send it to you. Meanwhile, keep up the wonderful work!


  3. Ack! I didn’t even know you’d written about Bathory until ten seconds ago! There’s also a chapter from her POV if you like. Yikes, I might have to send you copyright proof so you don’t think I’m poaching. 😉


    1. Hi MaryJancie, thanks for your comments! (And sorry that I just now saw them.) I’d love to check out your chapter—you can send it to my email above. Clearly, we’re on the same wavelength.


  4. Tori-
    My dear brother introduced me to your writing, just as he has through the ages introduced me to many writers. It’s kind of our thing.

    As a missionary kid (they are still missionaries, and I will always be their kid), I clung to your autobiographical bits with reverence.

    I pre-ordered your book today and I wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your voice.


    1. Hi Mikaela—this comment made my day! Thank you so much, and thank you for pre-ordering my book—I hope you like it. My parents were missionaries for three years and so I know a bit of that life (not as much as you, I assume). It’s always such a pleasure hearing from someone who relates. xoxo


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