The best birthday present I ever got

Ophelia May writes…

Dear Michelle,

Hello – my name is Ophelia Gillyon. I actually met you once! My parents got me into a visit at what I think was the Reading Wolf Conservation Trust for my 13th birthday – in 2009! Good grief! – to speak with you and walk with wolves. I’d loved the Chronicles ever since I picked up Wolf Brother in ‘05. I definitely wasn’t the only kid there, so I have no idea if you’ll remember me or not, but I had really, really long hair and, on the day, I went absolutely mental churning out the best wolf-related sample of prose for you that I could muster.

I’m 26 now, and I still look back on this as the best birthday present I ever got. I went on to do an English degree, and attribute much of my love for the subject to the intense connection I had to your series as a kid. I’m so excited to pick up the most recent instalments!

I wish I had a picture of me winning my primary school’s World Book Day costume contest, dressed up as a little Torak. I hope this suffices instead.

Thanks so much again for everything.


Michelle Replies…

Dear Ophelia,

What a long time ago the UKWCT feels like, and I think I can recall a long-haired and very excited little girl, chiefly because of her very wolfy prose.  It’s marvellous to hear that you went on to get an English degree – many congratulations – and I’m chuffed that my stories may have played their part in fostering a love of English.  I really hope you enjoy the last three instalments of the series!

Thanks again for getting in touch.

Best wishes, Michelle