10 September 2013

Perfect Pete

My neighbor came over to fetch her girls home, and as usually happens, we got to chatting. (Every time I use the word chatting, I hear my children's voices saying, "Mum!  Stop chatting!")  My neighbor sat on the couch that tries to eat whoever puts their bottoms on it and said, "I just finished reading your book."

Any time I hear those words, I tense up.  I've never had anyone tell me to my face they hated the book, but I'd almost prefer it to the false compliments I've had served up to me since it came out.  If you don't like my story, tell me straight.  Or don't talk to me about it at all.  If you thought it was mediocre, keep you mouth shut.  But if you sincerely liked it, then you may proceed with compliments.

My neighbor took me off guard by not saying anything I was expecting.  "So, did you know that Pete is basically my husband?"

Considering I didn't even know my neighbors until the book was under contract, I think it's safe to say I had no idea.

She continued.  "If I'd let him get away with not talking for years at a time, he totally would.  He's the kind that will just do things he thinks you want him to do.  He works hard.  He's patient.  He's Pete."

"That's great!" I said.  "Because I've had one or two readers say they'd like me to give them Pete's number.  I'll give them yours."

She laughed.  I wasn't kidding.


Emily said...

I read your book and loved it. I passed it along to my family to read because I knew they would enjoy it. Does that make me more credible?? :)

Lorene Nance said...

What a coincidence - I have your book on my nightstand to read tonight! I will probably remember to let you know what I think of it :)

Mandi said...

Thanks, ladies. You're great.