Common sense says that unless you, yourself, initiate the interaction…
then it’s up to no good. I’d stay away from this one with a ten foot – no, 2 ten foot – poles! This guy could be a raving nutcake! And/or seriously dangerous to your life, if not well-being.
I don’t care at all about whether he’s actually written something… much less published something. Being a writer, even a published one, does not automatically grant him innocence… or sainthood.
Stay away from this one. Really. Don’t even get (and pay for) a post office box to receive stuff. You’ll have to spend gasoline money to get there to empty it out… and your time is valuable, too. Just because someone asks you to do something for them for free that they’d have to pay someone else to do – is not the point.
The point is that YOU were NOT the person who initiated the contact with this person. Don’t trust him. Really. Your safety can be at stake. Especially if whatever you write about him and his works is NOT to his liking.
Like I said… there’s all kinds of nutcakes out there that appear to be “normal.” Right, until they prove otherwise.
Sure, I sound like an untrusting person. Believe me, in my own life I have REASON to be untrustful of situations like this.
Do NOT continue interacting with him in any way. Even if you decide to buy a post office box rental. Just don’t respond to him any more.
Common sense is just that – common sense. However, if you decide that you really want to do it, that’s your decision, of course. So… you might want to think about why are you asking pure strangers like those of us on the board for our advice … when you already know that you’re tempted to do it?
Ask Jesus. As His mother. Ask the Holy Spirit for Wisdom.
Look at what the best outcome and experience would be for this? And, alternative, what the worst outcome and experience would be for this.
Then, decide. Does the worst possible outcome outweigh the best possible outcome?
P.S. After reading one of your responses on this thread, about your “I don’t want to be mean to anyone” tells me LOTS about your ability at this time to critique anybody’s writing. I have critiqued other people’s writing as a professional writer, myself for close to 30 years. There’s ways to do critique. And there’s ways NOT to do critique.
I just wouldn’t want to put myself in a position of having someone read something that I’ve written – which of course cannot have tones of voice that we hear in our head as we are typing – as something OTHER than what I meant them to hear.
People are “funny” that way – they hear what they want to hear – even if they are WAY off base of what was actually said and meant.
Again – I’d stay WAY away from this one!
P.P.S. Ask yourself – WIIFM? What’s In It For Me? If the answer is that it scratches your Pride itch – DON’T do it. If you find yourself telling yourself that you’re “doing it as a favor to someone who needs it” – DON’T do it.
“Let” someone else do it. You don’t have to be the person to get this guy what he says he needs. There’s plenty of others who will.
Keep yourself safe. I speak here from experience.
Thanks for listening.