In the past few months I’ve been introduced to 2 authors, the person who introduced me told them that I was also a fiction writer. On both occassions the author asked what I was working on and I regurgitated an extremely brief, lame description. The second time this happened was when I was introduced to Thomas Maltman, I think I said something feeble like, “it’s about a woman who moves back to her family’s farm.” Yeah, now there’s a page turner.
When I walked away from the conversation with Maltman I made a decision, I decided to quit relying on an off the top of my head response, good fiction just isn’t that simple. So I decided to quit selling the quality of my own work short and to arrive on a concise reply that would A) answer their question and B) do justice to the book I’m writing.