Cheri De Groot Reveals the Joy of Letter Writing With Pen Pals in New Book

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Handbook helps readers connect with new friends through writing letters.

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I’ve been pen palling for 53 years. I do it because I love meeting new people, making new friends, helping others and writing letters.

Having a pen pal is a way to do many things at one time: meet new friends from different countries and cultures, gain experience working with words, and even practice handwriting and penmanship. In "Dear Friend: The Power of Pen Pals and Journaling"(published by iUniverse), Cheri De Groot delves into to her long-time hobby of exchanging letters with pen pals, describing the benefits she has gleaned from the practice as well as offering tips for readers interested in starting up pen pal friendships of their own.

The book is a concise handbook on writing letters to a pen pal. De Groot writes, "I’ve been pen palling for 53 years. I do it because I love meeting new people, making new friends, helping others and writing letters."

An excerpt from "Dear Friend":

"Pen palling also made me feel special in a way that is hard to explain. I got a feeling of love and attention. Sharing my life with my friends gave me a different outlook. I discovered there are so many ways of expressing thoughts and ideas, helping others see my views, and they shared their views with me. It’s a special bond, and the best way to understand it is to experience it."

"Dear Friend"
By Cheri De Groot
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 60 pages | ISBN 9781440161469
E-Book | 60 pages | ISBN 9781440161476
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author

Cheri De Groot loves writing letters and journaling about her life. De Groot has initiated several pen pal clubs. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in Milverton, Ontario, with her husband, Joe. She has two successful clubs going across Canada for ages 18 to 19 years. You can contact her at degrootangel(at)hotmail(dot)ca for information.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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