'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Writes Sweet Letter to Teenage Fan Who Loves Wolves
After bringing direwolves to life in the Game of Thrones books, author George R.R. Martin has dedicated his spare time to the conservation of real-life wolves.
The fantasy writer even offered to turn lucky winners who donated $20,000 into characters in a future book, and give them a bloody and gruesome death.
Jack Bailey, a 13-year-old fan from the U.K., can't afford to be part of the big leagues but he sure does love Game of the Thrones — and wolves—and his offer of help to the world-renowned A Song of Ice and Fire writer prompted a surprise reply, reported Time.
The teenager wrote, "Wolves are my favorite animal and I when I grow up I want to be a wolf conservationist," and although he's wisely "not allowed to watch some bits of Game of Thrones," he loves "acting out being a warrior." Bailey included a check for £153 ($260) to Martin's favorite fund, and begged that he be added to a future book. "A gruesome grizzly death is all I ask for."
Something in the sweet musings caught Martin's eye, and he replied with a personal letter of sincere thanks.
"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 animal.
"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," he revealed (despite the high death count during some weeks on the HBO show).
Instead, he offered a huge donation in return and pledged $10,000 to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Bailey's name. "That’s a wonderful organization that I’ve heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters," he wrote, signing it GRR.
Martin is currently offering a grand collection of prizes for donors to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Santa Fe, N.M., through Prizeo, including a helicopter ride with their literary hero over the property where they can discuss anything from the HBO drama to characters in the book series, and of course, direwolves.