Recently, Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin did a crowdfunding campaign with Prizeo for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, offering contributors a death scene in his upcoming book A Wind in Winter if they gave $20,000 dollars. Only two “martyr” slots were available and both were purchased, but a 13-year-old fan in the UK named Jack was still compelled to write to the author to talk about his goals of becoming a wolf conservationist and his dream of suffering a terrible death in the fictional land of Westeros.
A photo of the letter and Martin’s response follow after the break.
Jack admitted that he didn’t have $20,000, but donated his “pocket money” of £153 ($260) to the sanctuary in hopes that Martin would consider killing a fictional counterpart of him in A Wind in Winter. He also talked about supporting the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. Martin wrote back to Jack, saying he was touched by the boy’s love for animals.
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 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.
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.
He may mercilessly kill off heroes and innocents, but that George R.R. Martin is a really nice guy.