"Still, she [Dorothy Dunnett] remains baffled by the degree of devotion her work inspires. The most astonishing thing, she says, was the avalanche of mail she began to get - nearly 2,000 letters a month. At first she tried to correspond with everyone, but she quickly learned that if she answered all her mail, she would not have time to do any writing.
She was rescued by a "letterzine," a fan periodical in which fans can communicate with other fans and Dunnett can occasionally address them. The 'zine, called Marzipan & Kisses, is a quarterly that goes to 130 U.S. and Canadian readers, and about 200 in Britain and Europe.
"Some people might
be put off" by the relentless curiosity of Dunnett's fans, says Marcia
Talley, a fan since 1971 who is systems librarian at the U.S. Naval
Academy in Annapolis. People are always trying to challenge her on
anachronistic details or events, but Dunnett is always completely
gracious to everyone, Talley says."
- Baltimore Sun, 1997