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Interview with Cheri DeGroot, author of Dear Friend


Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordable—become a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters.

Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United States have helped her through life’s good and bad times. This guide demonstrates the positive aspects of pen palling—from sharing news of family, hobbies and emotions to expanding their knowledge by learning about different cultures and different people.

Stressing the importance of communication, Dear Friend reveals how becoming a pen pal can help those who are lonely to find friendship, love, and happiness through the power of the written word.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I came up with my title name from the love of my friends that are my pen pal friends. I have journeyed all my life showing others how to journal has really helped them with problems they were facing.

What is your writing environment like?

I write in my office that is small and comfortable, sunny with lots of pictures of my pen pals and family, books and magazines to read.

What are some of the best tools available to writers today?

I find all the information you need to write today you can get from the library or you can write about your experiences of your own life. Or you can go on the computer and look up what you need.

What inspires you to write?

My inspiration came from my pen pal friends they wanted me to tell my story to help others to communicate by writing letters and making new friendships. They have all read my book “Dear Friend” and they tell me Cheri this is a very interesting book, it will help others to know what pen palling all about. We hope you write another one soon.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I have learned writing this book has made me see how many people I have helped in their lives today. Some have gotten married through my club, they found one another and they are so happy today. So knowing reaching out to others has made me a better person to.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I have a gift for writing and love people so my writing has been my favorite quality in my life. One that I cherish very deeply and hope others will too.


Cheri DeGroot loves writing letters and journals of her life. Pen palling helps her make new friendships by reaching out through written letters and by computer. DeGroot has initiated several pen pal clubs. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in Milverton, Ontario, with her husband, Joe.

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