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Hold On To Your Dreams

The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Len Joy, author of Dry Heat, which just came out today.


Dear Leonard/Len,

I’m writing this from the future and I’m you. That’s probably not as confusing for you with your supple teenage brain as it is for me. The good news is that I’m writing this from fifty years in the future and I’m still around. Or is it “We’re still around?” Aargh. Don’t get me started on pronouns.

Okay, I can’t tell you anything about your life because that would be a violation of one of those time-traveler rules. But I think a little sneak preview and a gentle nudge here and there will be okay.

Len as a teenager

First of all, as you can see from my greeting, you won’t be stuck with the name Leonard. Only your mother, sisters, and the IRS will use that name. I’m just kidding about the IRS. Sort of…

You’re a good kid. You have a good heart, good intentions. You’re going off to college with big dreams: make the world a better place, become a world-famous writer, become the next Fred Biletnikoff.

Some dreams are just out of reach. Some exceed your grasp. Some are just fantasies. Doesn’t matter. Hold on to your dreams. Never stop trying.

And when that cute girl you meet freshman year throws a frisbee across the quad and calls your name?

Catch it.

One last thing.

Don’t give up on the Cubs.



About The Author: Len Joy is an author and an All-American triathlete and competes internationally representing Team USA. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Suzanne Sawada. His newest book, Dry Heat, is out now.


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