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A Letter From Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz

Editor’s Note: This post appears courtesy Margaret  Duarte’s site (slightly edited).

By Margaret Duarte

I’ve been blogging for over two years now , and lately I’ve been doing some serious soul-searching about the value of working so hard.

Then today (16 October), I received an email from Dean Koontz concerning the post I wrote about him here at VFA, and it has energized me in a way I haven’t felt energized in a long time.

Dear Margaret,

My editor at Bantam, Tracy Devine, sent to me your lovely post at Visionary Fiction Alliance, and I’m asking her to forward this to you. I was quite touched by your words.

After a long career as a novelist, I’ve learned that what anyone writes about my work, good or bad, will only occasionally, very occasionally, be written with true insight regarding my intentions. For so many years, I have denied being a horror novelist, never thought I was, and struggled to prevent earlier publishers from putting that word on my books.

You got to the heart of what I try to give readers when you mentioned hope and healing, and spoke of seeking to “help readers see the world in a new light and recognize dimensions of reality they commonly ignore.”

If you will provide my editor with a mailing address, I would like to send you two inscribed books that are close to my heart.

Best wishes,

Dean Koontz

Oh my, talk about synchronicity!

Thank you, Dean Koontz, for taking the time to inspire a fellow writer to not give up.  Ever.

I’m back.


About margaretduarte

Margaret Duarte, a former middle school teacher, lives on a family-owned-and-operated dairy farm with a herd of “happy cows,” a constant reminder that the greenest pastures are closest to home. Margaret earned her creative writing certificate through UC Davis Extension and has since published three novels in her “Enter the Between” visionary fiction series: Between Will and Surrender, Between Darkness and Dawn, and Between Yesterday and Tomorrow. Her poem and story credits include SPC Tule Review, The California Writers Club Literary Review, finalist in the 2017 SLO Nightwriters Golden Quill Writing Contest, and First Place winner for fiction in the 2016 Northern California Publishers and Authors Book Awards Competition. For links to Margaret and her work, visit her website at:

11 comments on “A Letter From Dean Koontz

  1. Admin - Eleni
    October 17, 2012

    Very motivating response. Makes me want to read his books even more!


    • margaretduarte
      October 17, 2012

      Hi Eleni. When I wrote the article about Dean Koontz for VFA, I wondered what he would think of it. But I never thought he’d actually read it – or get back to me. Goes to show, even famous authors appreciate positive responses to their work. I’m glad he believes I got to the heart of what he’s trying to give readers. I’ve considered him a visionary writer for a long time and have considered writing to him, but never got up the nerve.


  2. visionaryfictionauthor
    October 17, 2012

    What a wonderful response from Dean Koontz. And such perfect timing to re-energize your intentions for writing and reaching out. This is a lovely and inspiring thing that has happened for you and I am thrilled for you, Margaret. It is important for us to be understood, and ‘seen’, as human beings and as writers. I know I yearn for it and value it when it comes. You have a great ability to do that and I’m glad Dean recognized that in you and acknowledged it.


    • margaretduarte
      October 17, 2012

      I believe Dean Koontz’s response to me says a lot about him as a person. Being a best-selling author, he had little to gain by taking out the time to send me a kind word. Yet he did it anyway. And just when I needed it. I’m on the cusp of publishing my first book, a very vulnerable time for me, with many questions and uncertainties swirling around in my head. HIs timing couldn’t have been better.


  3. This is so awesome. Just when we start to question our purpose and our direction the universe will speak. In your case I think the message is loud and clear… saying; “Keep at it my friend. You are on the right track.” 🙂


  4. margaretduarte
    October 18, 2012

    The universe in the person of Dean Koontz. Somehow, that makes sense. Thanks, Susan. There are so many tracks out there – sometimes the tracks choose me.


  5. Michael Sussman
    October 19, 2012

    So cool! Thanks for sharing his words with us, Margaret.


  6. JJ Michael
    November 23, 2012

    I’m new to the site and just requested to join. Thanks for sharing Dean Koontz’s letter. I thought I was the only one cringing when my books were listed in the horror section. Great site.


    • margaretduarte
      November 24, 2012

      Welcome, JJ. There’s definitely a lot more to Dean Koontz’s books than horror. Otherwise I would not be a fan. VFA is the perfect place to help get out the word that you, too, are a visionary fiction writer.


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