I had been dreading this day for so long. Anne McCaffrey was my absolute favorite author. I started reading her books somewhat accidently, in middle school when my class was required to check out a book. I grabbed "The White Dragon" off a spinner because of the pretty cover!
Then I discovered my father had several more of her books and he of course told me I had to start with the first one and I've been hooked ever since.
I used to spend my free time drawing the dragons off the covers freehand (had lots of requests from boys for those pictures
) When her son Todd started to take over the reigns, I lost interest but maybe his writing has improved a bit by now. I am in the process of collecting her Pern series in hardcover and can't wait to share her worlds with my future children. Truly a woman with a wonderful vision and I still am hopeful someone will have the skill to put it on the big screen as it should be (if they can't do it right, they shouldn't do it at all!).