It’s the standard rule of an author’s life.
You will be asked “The Question”
What is your book about?
** doctors have recorded that this usually results in rapid heart beat and shortness of breath. **
How we want to respond:
These reactions usually scare people off, and confirm the myth that authors are weird dangerous human beings
who stalk people.
So this is usually how it goes down:
Swords. Dragons. Love. Betrayal. Blood. Lots of Blood. EVERYBODY DIES.
I used to feel embarrassed when I was asked this question. I was afraid to say that I wrote fantasy, because I didn’t want to be lumped with novels such as The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, or Harry Potter. Not that there is anything wrong with those books, but I would get looks of disapproval from older people who said, “So you write magic?”
Or I’d try to be really vague and say, “oh, well, a retelling of Prince Caspian (yes that was really a thing I wrote. That unfinished novel lies in the graveyard never to be seen.)
Sometimes though, people would just be generally curious, and still I would be afraid to share the story on my heart. I didn’t want people to think I was weird. (Which if you’re an author, the sane ship sailed without you long ago.)
But in today’s world where judgment seems the norm, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed when asked about your book.
Don’t feel either.
Don’t be ashamed of the story that God has put in your heart. He gave it to you because you are the only person that can tell it the way it needs to be told.
And to the people that judge you, or make you feel less, remember that you are loved and you can do great things. Your story rocks.