In 2014, George R.R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones and other novels in the fantasy book (and TV) series A Song of Ice and Fire, has raised over $450,000 for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary by doing such things as auctioning off the promise to have the donor’s name used in his next Song of Ice and Fire novel — The Wind of Winter — and of having the character die a grisly death, something that Mr. Martin is noted for writing about. A 13-year-old named Jack in the United Kingdom wanted to be in Mr. Martin’s next book and so wrote him a letter and even enclosed £153 ($260) as a donation for the wolf sanctuary. Jack, who is a fan of the TV series A Game of Thrones, but who understandably cannot watch parts of the episodes (chances are, young Jack would also not be allowed to read about the grisly death of any character named after him), received a personal reply from Mr. Martin:
“Thank you so much for your heartfelt, touching note.
“I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals.
“Alas, I cannot promise you a grisly death in THE WIND OF WINTER. Those spots have already been filled by some very generous donors, and there’s a limit to how many people even I can kill.
“However, inspired by your example, my friends at Prizeo and I would love to follow your lead with a $10,000 in your name to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. That’s a wonderful organization that I’ve heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters.
“I wish you the best of luck in your future career as a wolf conservationist, and hope that you inspire many others to follow your lead.
For More Information: Max Kloblauch, Source: “George R.R. Martin Writes Back to Young Fan’s Heartfelt Letter.” Mashable. 23 July 2014
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