As many of you know, George R.R. Martin held an online fundraiser last month on behalf of a Wolf Sanctuary. The grand prize in that fundraiser was the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride and look at some wolves. However, if you donated $20,000, you also got to be killed in Martin’s next novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter. Of course, not everyone has $20,000, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to die a grisly death in one of Martin’s novels. Just ask this 13-year-old boy.
And, of course, George R.R. Martin answered him (because doing so gave him an opportunity to avoid writing his book).
Dear Jack,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 animalsAlas, 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.Yours,