I received an e-mail via my website today. It was from Iran. Here is the first line:
"It's so hard to find the best opening sentence when someone
wants to write a letter for a great writer."
They think I'm a great writer in Iran! Well, someone thinks I'm a great writer in Iran! Unbelievable. I've never had an Iranian fan, as far as I know. I wonder how they got my books? Or what book of mine they read? I settled back, ready for Persian adulation. The e-mail continued:
"It's a long time I'm trying to buy or a book of yours ;
"how to hide your insanity", i live in Iran and my country is banned
by the laws of US government. I can't buy it from amazon or anywhere else or
even download it from some ebook websites can you help me by that? from your loyal fan Saj"
For just the briefest second, I thought: Did I write How to Hide Your Insanity? The thing is, I want to hide my insanity. I need to hide my insanity. If I didn't write that book, I should have. Thinking carefully, though, I realized I probably hadn't written it. I'm pretty sure, anyway. Great title, by the way.
So what Richard Goodman did write this book? And how could I order it?
Google turned up the book on Goodreads, but the author is Richard Goodmoon. Not me, Richard Goodman. It's not listed on amazon. You can't buy it anywhere. A little more poking around, and I conclude that it seems to be a fake book--i.e., ha ha. There appears to be no person named Richard Goodmoon, either. At least neither Google nor facebook brings up anything. But some people really want the book!
On Reddit, somehow they link Goodmoon to me (why?) and to my website, and so I figure this is how Saj found me.
Then I started thinking about Saj. (Is Saj a male name? Female? No idea.) I wonder if Saj is being observed writing to me, somehow. Will this mean consequences? I hope not. Then I thought, how in heaven's name did Saj find the fake book, How to Hide Your Insanity? Did Saj do a search for books that help you conceal your insanity? Is Saj insane?
Or, like me, does he/she just feel that way a lot of the time, especially these days?