The dreaded: "What’s your novel about?"

14 Feb

Below is a short excerpt from my archives, and if you want to read the rest just click on the link. Although, now when I’m asked that question about The Graces Sagas I usually say, “It’s an Appalachian family saga” and if the person expresses more interest, then I tell a little more. With Sweetie, I haven’t settled into my one sentence blurb yet because I don’t always follow my own advice from this archived post, I could do a lot better . . . teeheehee :-D. Seeing this post from about two years ago and how I would be able to tell people what my books are “about” in a one to three sentence blurb is STILL difficult for me. Dang.

What about you? I dare you to tell me what your book is about in one to three sentences – ha! (I bet some of you can and will and do!)

From the Archives:

“What is your novel about?”

Oh. Oh! Oh, how I hated it when someone would ask me that. For this is what would happen:

Me: Deer in the headlights look, shuffling feet. Then, “Um, well, it’s about this woman and she goes back home – yeah, it’s about home and family and stuff, and she spreads her momma’s ashes, and stuff happens and stuff, and it’s like stuff abounds and all manner of stuffity stuff stuff and then, well, it’s got this mountain, see, and did I say it was about this woman and family and home and belonging and stuff happens and stuff?”

Them: now they have a deer in the headlights look, followed by a slow blink. They quickly recover and ask: “So~! What’s the title?”

Me: Oh crap. “Um, well, see, it’s not titled yet…well, it is but the title is temporary, haha, I mean, haha, you know those publishers – I mean, when I get a publisher (for this was before I signed with BelleBooks) they’ll change it anyway – and well, anyway, the title I have for it, just temp mind you – not really the title, haha, ah, er, the temporary title, and it kind of sucks, so remember it will change, is [really bad title here].” FOR REST OF POST, CLICK HERE

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