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Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.

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From: Renata Mejtova
On: Friday 2 September, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett, I just wanted to tell you that I had the great opportunity to read your books 'The Pillars of the Earth’ (and the second part ‘Tore der Welt’ in German) and I was totally trapped in reading. I felt like being just there in the middle ages with the characters you wrote about. It was amazing. For me your book is among the best I have ever read. Thank you very much for this great adventure. I wish you all the best.

Czech Republic

From: Ruth Chudy
On: Saturday 3 September, 2016

I have just finished reading ‘Whiteout’. I couldn't put it down. What a great read. Thank you.

United States

From: Colin Tremblay
On: Sunday 4 September, 2016

I just fished the trilogy. With tears in my eyes I'm sorry it's over.

I have read most of your work and I struggle to put them down.


From: Alan Phillips
On: Sunday 4 September, 2016

Mr. Follett,
I have read all your books and just finished book three, ‘Edge Of Eternity’, the last book in the Century Trilogy.
There is only one word I can use and that is "OUTSTANDING".
I am looking forward to your next book.
The only book that I have not been able to get and have not read is 'The Modigliani Scandal' which I believe was first published in 1986'. As I will be in the UK over Christmas with family I may be able to pick one up at a bookstore while I'm there.


From: Dan Schilling
On: Wednesday 7 September, 2016

Mr. Follett,
I wanted to thank you for posting your Masterclass online and archiving your documents. I have studied and enjoyed your books for years but the window into your evolution was highly informative. I recently retired from the US military (and the frustration associated with implementing US foreign policy) and so just now am able to commit to writing full-time. I'm midway through my third novel, but have stopped to re approach it using your outline model. My second novel is in edit and I have a solid agent and hope to sell my first book in the near future. I've started with two thrillers but desire to transition to deeper material with this current work, as you have done. I also greatly admire and even envy the relationship between you and Al Zuckerman. Remarkable.

Have no idea if you have time to read these and certainly do not expect a reply. But thanks again for sharing your insights and methods. It's fascinating to see how your own process has evolved and improved over time. I hope someday while perusing new titles you happen upon one of my books (and purchase it of course). In a small but direct way, your own books and process will be in the pages.

Most sincerely
United States

From: Joanne Lewis
On: Monday 12 September, 2016

I am an attorney and a novelist. I have seven books published. Historical fiction is my favorite genre to write and read. I love your books and hope that I can reach your level of expertise so one day I am on your reading table.

United States

From: Eric Widdifield
On: Saturday 17 September, 2016

I have just finished reading (for the second time) your 19th century trilogy and felt compelled to write and tell you that having finished I feel a huge let-down. Your stories interwoven with historical events were rivetting and I am only sorry that I have finished. I have read many of today's acclaimed novelists such as Michener, De Mille, Cussler, Baldaci, Jakes, Rutherford and Ludlum and believe you are truly one of the best. I have been reading your books for about 30 years and have never read one that I did not like. The Trilogy was a masterpiece and a crowning jewel to a masterful career. Surprise me do something as good again.


From: Luigi Antonelli
On: Monday 19 September, 2016

Dear Ken, I'm reading ‘Winter of the World’ and I'm loving it! I have already read many of your books and I think you are my favourite author. You have a reserved shelf in my library. I am 17 years old and I am from Italy. I live in a little town near Rome, called Caprarola, where Pope Paul III had one of his most beautiful residences, Farnese's Palace. I'm waiting for ‘A Column of Fire’ and I hope we could meet during your book tour in Italy.


From: Kiran Mundy
On: Tuesday 20 September, 2016

I've always enjoyed your books. Now I'm semi-retired and teaching myself how to write fiction. I tried some online courses. They explain the basics, like "point of view" etc, but there's a huge gap between the basics and actually writing.

So I thought I would look at authors I liked. Found your Masterclass. This is truly the best advice I've come across. Plan to start with a sentence, build out an outline/characters, and slowly tease out the story. Many thanks!

United States

From: Jan Clarke
On: Sunday 25 September, 2016

Your books are so varied, and the characters really come alive. A retired woman, I can read all day if I wish, and often do! Your ‘historical’ novel, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, came as a surprise, and I have never looked at a cathedral in the same light again. Thank you.

United Kingdom

From: Lou Roland
On: Monday 26 September, 2016

Have loved reading so many of your books. I am re-reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ now. Wow!! Anxiously awaiting the release of ‘A Column of Fire’. I am an avid reader who loves getting to know authors. I have recommended so many of your books to others. Thanks for writing them!!!

United States

I look forward to your letters. Please write to me via the Contact page, and do see earlier letters

If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title