The first time my husband read a book of mine, I waited with bated breath. Would he like it? Laugh at the right parts? Encourage me to continue spending gobs of time doing
who knows what the writer’s life in my office? (Dear reader, he enjoyed the book. And that is why we’re still married. Just kidding. Obviously, it’s only one of the reasons…)
The spousal-reading experience is intense, but I survived. Plus, it’s nothing compared to the kids-scrutiny period. I knew this day would come and yet, I still didn’t prepare myself enough. Oh, the parental worries floating around in my head!
I didn’t censor myself while writing, so now I have to really think back on my work. My musings about what I’ve written and are now exposing my kids to include:
- Wait. Is the content even PG?
- Is having an amateur sleuth who puts herself in danger at every turn really a good role model?
- Will my kids’ vocabulary now expand to include rigor mortis and lividity?
Not only that, but did I mention that my kids don’t have a filter? Goodreads can be a minefield, but kids’ opinions are unvarnished and personal. (To be fair, I love their honesty, but when that critical gaze is turned on me, it’s tough.) What kind of comments have I been getting?
- She’s just so obvious in her sleuthing.
- Gee, you really can’t write romance, can you?
- I guess if cats can talk, then anything goes in this book.
On the bright side, it’s given me more family bonding time—and my kids get an inside dive into my wild mind.
Of course, they’re all in for my next series, the L.A. Night Market Mysteries. I think they appreciate that I have to get my culinary research just right, so they can tag along for the foodie fun.
I’m hoping their reaction to Death by Bubble Tea is all cuddles and grins like the following plush cuties… (A mama can dream, right?)
*In breaking news, there’s talk of making Mimi Lee Gets A Clue a book club read for school friends. Um…
Have little ones read your book and/or what books have you enjoyed with younger readers?