THE WORD ON THE STREET: TESTIMONIALS FROM FANS OF THE WANDERESS 

FROM EMMA GOUGH

Hi Roman,

 

This feels awfully weird writing to you, as an idol of mine... it feels rather silly for lack of a better word. But I write to you in hopes of at least making you smile, realising just how much of an effect your writing has had on me and I'm sure many other people in the world. First of all, a little bit about me. I'm a 20 year old wanderess living in Wellington, New Zealand, studying media studies and history at university with incredibly big aspirations of travelling (or shall I say wandering) the world. Since I was 7 years old I have had the travel bug and boy did I get it bad. I dream of wandering to 50 countries by the time I'm 30 and I am currently on 28 (to become 30 or 31 by the end of this year). Last year I discovered The Wanderess just as I set off on a 7 month journey across Europe. Reading the first few chapters on the 36 hours from Wellington to Frankfurt, I became truly captivated by Saskia's tale and from that moment forward she and the book became my travel companion. Unlike most books, where one reads them in a relatively short period of time, I lengthened out my reading of The Wanderess, as though it was fitting in perfectly to my own journey and I always had something to hold onto and go back to when I was having a rough time. I can safely say I have never identified with a character as much as Saskia and this notion of not feeling alone was always of great comfort to me. One of my fondest memories from my trip was sitting in the sun (in the middle of winter, oh the luxury) in the Upper Barraka Gardens in Malta, reading The Wanderess and feeling a sense of relaxation and happiness I had not yet experienced. I believe this is when I came across your legendary quote, "She was free in her wildness; (that) she was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city." This quote basically became the motto of my trip, so much so that when I got back to London I got a tattoo to signify it and the meaning the sentiment and book had to me - I have attached a picture for you. The little bird you see next to 'wanderess' is a fantail silhouette (a native NZ bird - so bringing travel and NZ together) but the main reason behind the flying bird is the idea that people sit and look at birds, wondering why they don't fly off somewhere new as they have such ease in the ability to do so. The same can be said of humans. We all have the ability to travel somewhere new yet so many do not, so the bird is my reminder to always see life as a journey with new places to be explored - not that I ever need this reminder, as I sit here having booked a third overseas trip for this year - and this is something I see in both Saskia and Saul. Being back home in Wellington certainly feels a little suffocating at times but I know I can always travel and I'm moving to Canada at the end of the year so there's always travel on the horizon. I need travel to get me through my day to day life, as much as I need the world of Saskia, the wanderess. Your book has always had such a significant impact on me and I am thankful for you every day for having written such a beautiful piece of work. Yesterday I purchased what I believe is the last copy of your stunning leather bound first edition of Wanderess Quotes and Other Poems. I'm seriously hoping this is the case because I would die for such a beautiful edition! I'm so sorry for such a long email, I seem to have gone on a bit, oops, but I really just want to elaborate on how thankful I am for your writing and that I hope you are awfully proud of the work you produce as I'm sure it helps many across the world like it helps me. Forever yours,

Emma Gough

 


 

FROM ZOYA IN INDIA

Dear Mr. Payne,


I finished “The Wanderess” two weeks ago. It is, no doubt, a masterpiece :) Your five years' work bears beauty. I loved it!!!!!!!! So much that I want to cry and beg everyone to read Wanderess at least once.
A friend recommended it to me because he thought I was like Saskia. I did enjoy every word of the book. The gradual (not at all slow) build up of Saul's passion for Saskia is very much satisfactory for a teenage girl like me. The whole thing with Dragomir was interesting to. But what kept me fascinated was Saskia. Her character was relatable, pure and "gypsy". I loved the girl.  I try each day to be more like her (that is secret you are not allowed to share with anyone, Okay?)
The world you built for Saul and Saskia is my dream.  Mr. Payne you wrote me my dream!!!! I am forever grateful to you for writing this. Thank you so much. You made me live a great deal through the plot. Through the "her".
I will be reading Emma soon. I will be reading all from you. As much as I can get my hands on.
God bless you. Keep on writing like this.
God bless you,
Zoya
Dear Mr. Payne:
I finished “The Wanderess” two week ago. It is, no doubt, a masterpiece:) Your five years' work bears beauty. I loved it!!!!!!!! So much that I want to cry and beg everyone to read Wanderess at least once.
A friend recommended it to me because he thought I was like Saskia. I did enjoy every word of the book. The gradual (not at all slow) build up of Saul's passion for Saskia is very much satisfactory for a teenage girl like me. The whole thing with Dragomir was interesting to. But what kept me fascinated was Saskia. Her character was relatable, pure and "gypsy". I loved the girl.  I try each day to be more like her (that is secret you are not allowed to share with anyone, Okay?)
The world you built for Saul and Saskia is my dream.  Mr. Payne you wrote me my dream!!!! I am forever grateful to you for writing this. Thank you so much. You made me live a great deal through the plot. Through the "her".
I will be reading Emma soon. I will be reading all from you. As much as I can get my hands on.
God bless you. Keep on writing like this.


God bless you,


Zoya


 

 

 

Dear Mr. Payne,


"The Wanderess" is one of my most precious books in my bookshelf. I could write so much about every chapter in your lecture and appreciate your work of art. I am just 18 years old, but visited so many places thanks to this lecture. My favourite character is not a character. It is the relationship between Saul and Saskia. Both of them are unique. While Saul is a mysterious person (until he tells his story about his childhood) , Saskia trust him and tells her story. It shows a contrast, which makes the reader more curious about both characters. One of my favourite chapters was the chapter, where Saul explained how it was to see Saskia for the first time. I even want to read "Odyssey" by Homer, because of Saul. I had to imagine how beautiful Saskia was and how loving and caring Saul could be, while the listener/writer was waiting patiently to hear the whole story. I definitely don't just want to focus on Saskia and Saul. Even Mr. Dragomir is a man I appreciate and Adelaise, who was another big part of the Story. I asked myself, how important she must be for Saskia. All in all I can just thank you for such an artwork and your message. It's a lecture I could read everytime.

Sincerely,

Suzan (Germany)


 

 

Dear Roman,

You inspire me.I began and finished writing a song for you yesterday. It's called "He Wanders". It has a seductive, serious, and sacred tone to it because I was trying to emulate your general writing style since it's a tribute to 'The Wanderess' as well as to you. In the song, The Wanderess tries to tell you that you can be free with her because she's confident, open, honest, and strong, and that she will support you in your journey. I felt like writing it because I think that it's a necessary tribute to such a wonderful book.

Maybe, I hope, one day I'll have a chance to meet you,

Aida Mandaic


 

 

Dear Roman,

I am jealous of the intrigue that you have with women and a little irritated that even I easily fall into your beguiling words so shamelessly. I hope one day our writings cross paths. You inspire me to boldly explore my affairs of life and writing."

- Raven Nicole


 

 

Dear Roman,

I started reading your books after a friend commented on one of my Instagram photos with this beautiful quote: "I once had a love who folded secrets between her thighs like napkins and concealed memories in the valley of her breasts. There was no match for the freckles on her chest, and no one could mistake them for a field of honeysuckles." Such a beautiful writer. Thank you for that."

- Deanna Newton (Birmingham, Alabama)


 

 

Bonjour, Monsieur Payne!

Je m'appelle Stanislava et je vous écris de Bulgarie.C'est mon 23-ème anniversaire aujord'hui,donc j'ai décidé de se faire un cadeau en vous écrivant. Je voudrais vous remercier de votre travail et de toute l'inspiration et la jouissance que vous apportez à vos lecteurs.Chaque fois que je tombe sur une citation de vos livres je sens la liberté de mon esprit, je redeviens pleine de vie. La façon dont vous décriver les sentiments et les choses ordinaires touchent le coeur de telle manière que moi,personnelement,j'éprouve un afflux d'énergie spirituelle en lisant dans vos livres ce que je trouve aux profondeurs de mon âme. Je pourrais pas laisser échapper l'occasion pour vous dire merci spécialement pour la création de "The Wanderess".C'est un ouvrage unique,incroyable,incomparable. Je suis étudiante en linguistique appliquée (français et anglais) et je mets beacoup de temps à la lecture et la traduction des ouvrages appartenant à la patrimoine littéraire de ces deux cultures mais j'ai jamais connu un tel écrivain dont les pensées sont tellement proches des miens. Je n'ai pas encore eu la posibilité de lire vos livres en version complète car ils sont pas disponibles ici et le commandement sur Internet va prendre énormément de temps et d'argent donc pour l'instant je compte sur les passages et les citations que je trouve au réseau, mais j'espère qu'un jour je pourrais avoir cette richesse devant mes yeux. Je vous présente mes respects par rapport à votre talant et je vous souhaite de trouver toujours votre inspiration pour écrire!

- Станислава Железова


 

 

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Dearest Mr. Payne,

I am writing you now to inform you how much your work has inspired me. I had forgotten the onrush of sensations that accompanied reading paperback novels until the day I absentmindedly picked up Rooftop Soliloquy. Although it had been long since I had lost myself to the words of another, Alexandre’s narration effortlessly swept me away, penetrating my being into a world I found it difficult to escape from. Mr. Payne, your writing is so delicate, comprised beautifully of intrigue and flow—how do you do it? How can it be that you can create magic within everything that you write? Thank you for that. Thank you for sharing the stories of Alexandre and Nikolai and David and every other hero to come. I never really believed in flawless writing until I stumbled upon yours.

With much love,

Jeni, from New York City.