Once you tell people you’ve written a book, the first question that’s going to pop out of there mouth is almost always “What’s it about?”. Seems a logical question, no? You’d think, since I wrote the book, edited it a million times, wrote a query/backcover blurb, etc. that it would be an easy question for me as the author to answer, right?
Umm…wrong. For some reason, whenever I’m asked that question, I get all tongue tied. My mind goes blank and I start to stutter. Why can’t I explain what it’s about? I just don’t know. I think, on one hand, I feel like I’m bragging if I start rambling on about my story. On the other hand, I’m concerned about the looks I’ll get when I tell people I wrote a story about a girl who cheated death twice and the Angel of Death who saved her life. I can only imagine what people must look like when I tell them I wrote a story about a love triangle between two hot guys and a girl who wears clown makeup.
I don’t do well with face to face stuff as I am not a fan of being the center of attention. It makes me blush! It’s one of the reasons I love all this online web-related promotion. I don’t have to see people jeer me! Yeah I have to read it, but at least if it makes me cry, no one is around to see.
I’m sure a lot of it just has to do with confidence, something I know I lack a lot of. It also seems to be a writer type deal to have a lot of insecurities about our work. As I’ve said before, art is subjective and not everyone is going to like what we do. I can accept that, but I don’t have to take it head on and face to face. I’d rather just tell them to look it up! I’m sure, given time, it’ll become easier but for now expect a blank look followed by a rambling explanation that is all over the place.