Dear Eric Wilson,
I'm a teacher's assistant in a small rural school. I work with Grade Six boys on their reading. Last year the boys could read, but comprehension and interest were low.
This year has been a completely different story. The boys' core teacher suggested we try an Eric Wilson mystery. That is when our class became interesting and exciting. The boys discovered reading is fun! This new attitude has improved their comprehension, writing skills and vocabulary. They love to predict who did it, and what's going to happen next.
Your books have opened up a whole new world for them. I have enjoyed this school year so much more, and I know the boys have too.
I just want to let you know that I was so impressed with your ease at keeping 140 children enthralled with your storytelling, excerpts from your books, slides presentation, rewards for listening, stretch breaks, and most of all your encouraging words to our up-and-coming writers.
"Your tips for writing good stories inspired my students. Two of my students who went into the gym before school to hang their posters returned to class ecstatic that they'd met you. It was an amazingly wonderful experience to meet you and have our students get to know one of their beloved writers.
Bonnie C., Grade 5 teacher, Winnipeg, Manitoba
His enthusiasm is contagious, and he certainly makes writing and books seem a wonderful idea.
The News-Express, Carberry, Manitoba
For years i've wanted to thank you for your books that made start my reading habit from when i was like 10 years old. The subject of your literature amused me like noone else and thanks to you now, in my 30's im still an avid reader. Im sorry for any typos, that's because im from Chile, a country in south america en my native lenguage is spanish. Suddenly all the ideas I wanted to express on this letter became a blur, but anyways, thank you for introducing me at a pretty short age to crime novels, for years i've been a lot into Chandler and Hammet an one day i realizaed it was all because of Terror in Winnipeg, the Canadian Express and Vancouver, books that i devoured when I was a kid, when my dad didn't let me stay up too late and I would turn on the light anyways and read 'em over and over again. So that it. Just wanted to express my gratitude for your writting and imagination.
Take care and keep up the good work!