I have had the privilege of either meeting or interacting with a few authors as a result of drawing fan art. Christopher Paolini, Stephenie Meyer, Peter Brett and Patrick Rothfuss have all taken time to recognize my meager attempts at illustrating the characters from their books.
I mentioned before what a complex character Jorg is. He's from the Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence. After seeing my WIP of Jorg on Facebook, he contacted me and said he wanted to send me the third book, Emperor of Thorns as a thank you. Can you believe that?! All the way from England.
His gift was so unexpected and generous. I started reading it and of course, like it's predecessors, the book started sucking me into it's pages...something I cannot allow right now with deadlines so I reluctantly handed it to my son-in-law so he could read it. That took a lot of self-restraint but I really want to savor each page free of guilt.
BTW, the reviews have been fantastic.