Perhaps the most ridiculous question anyone can ever ask a writer who has just finished writing a book is – “What’s it about?”
“Let me see. I’ve just spent three years of my life trying to getting all my thoughts, inner hopes, fears and aspirations onto the page and you would like me to describe it in a sentence? ….’
There have been some interesting responses from writers to the laziest of lazy questions, ‘What’s it about?’
(These are all true responses)
“I’m writing a novel. It’s 27 volumes long. It’s about this little girl who finds a little kitten.”
“I’m not going to tell you what it’s about.”
“I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer this question.”
‘That’s a big question. I don’t think I have a simple answer’.
I don’t think you should ask Mark Haddon what ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ is about
nor the writer of the film -‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
nor Dava Sobel – ‘Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time’
and definitely not the author of the book entitled – “A Handbook on Hanging, Being a short introduction to the fine art of Execution, and containing much useful information on Neck-breaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation and Electrocution; as well as Data and Wrinkles for Hangmen, an account of the late Mr. Berry’s method of Killing and his working list of Drops; to which is added a Hangman’s Ready Reckoner and certain other items of interest, by Charles Duff, New edition enlarged diligently compared and revised in accordance with the most recent Developments. All Very Proper to be read and Kept in Every Family.”
I have just published my book. Please don’t ask me what it’s about.
‘It’s about A Murder, Cariad’ is finally available now from Amazon.