My dad doesn’t read fantasy fiction. Ever. The only fiction books he reads are crime novels, like those by John D. MacDonald. In fact, he only reads John D. MacDonald books. And only the ones with Travis McGee in them.
Because he loves me, he might make an exception for Valknut: The Binding. I’m not sure what he’ll make of it.
I can picture my dad and my brother sitting on frozen folding chairs, hunched over a hole in the ice, their fishing lines dangling in the barely liquid water. The conversation might go like this.
Brother: So…what’s Marie’s book about?
Dad: That magic stuff she likes.
Dad checks line. Peels off frozen, half-chewed, dead meal worm and puts on fresh bait.
Brother: Dwarves and Elves, then.
Brother: Swords and sorcery?
Dad: Nope. Trains.
Brother: Oh. Steampunk?
Dad’s eyebrows go up. He gives brother hard look.
Dad: What did you call me?
Brother, patiently: Steampunk—magic mixed with Victorian age technology.
Dad, relaxing: Oh. Nope. Modern.
Brother: Like Twilight?
Dad: Nope. Mostly takes place in the middle of the night.
Brother: Any vampires, werewolves, or maybe succubae?
Dad glares: Watch your language.
Dad (mollified): No vampires. Norse gods.
Tip-up pops up. Dad’s got a fish on. Tugs on line.
Brother: Right. Urban Fantasy. Gotchya.
Dad reaches bare hand into only slightly liquid water and pulls up two-pound crappie stuck in the semi-frozen hole. De-hooks and throws fish back in water. Too small.
Actually, this conversation could never happen. Neither of my brothers could get much past “fantasy.” And my dad is not inclined to say, “whatever.” (But they really do talk like that while ice fishing. Don’t want to scare the fish with too many words.)
If you are interested, Wicked & Tricksy hosted my guest blog, “Conquering the Evil Was,” back on January 13.
LOL, I can’t even get my hubby to read my books, never mind my father. 🙂
Dad hasn’t read it , yet. I may have to load it on his iPad for him to eliminate excuses 😉 Mom’s a tougher sell. She’s waiting for the print version.
Haha, love this exchange. Your dad sounds great. Of course, it also makes me thankful that my parents read my book, even if they didn’t fully get it.
Even if they don’t read my book, my parents have been plenty supportive 🙂
Oh good 🙂 That’s all you can ask for. So does the print book become a priority in that 45 seconds of freedom you have a day? 😉
The print version is a mere twinkle in my eye.
Families. Gotta love ’em.
Thanks for the laugh, Marie. Good one.
You’re welcome. Though the *actual* conversation (if they had one) would be even funnier, I’m sure.
I consider myself fortunate that my mom was actually the one to hand off Stephen King to me when I was young. She was also an English major, so not only a beta reader but an editor 🙂 My dad is also a fan of the genre.
But this is a funny conversation. Even being fans, it’s still a little weird to be talking about the demon in my book with my parents.
Paul D. Dail
http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog
Yes, it’s best to let them pretend that someone else wrote it while they’re reading.
I kept trying to figure out which brother it was. Then I realized it would have to be the younger of the two since I can’t picture your oldest brother sitting still out in the cold for that long, fish or no fish. 🙂 unless he’s changed. 😉
Could be either, considering it was all imagined, anyway.
But you’re right. Bro #1 does NOT like the cold.
My Dad was one of the first readers for my book and has been very supportive throughout this entire writing/publishing venture. My Mom reads happy books, not horror. She has watched the book trailer my sister and I made, though, and says now she thinks she might give Stolen Climates a try. And, Paul, yes – it is a little bizarre to talk about things from the book with a parent!
Your Dad might enjoy joining our Facebook group – Lovers of All Things Florida and Travis McGee. We’ll be watching for him.
He might…but I can’t get him to do e-mail, let alone Facebook 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for the laugh. My mom at 93 wants to read all my manuscripts – printed out and mailed to her using a large font, an expensive propostion. For sf&f she says, “Your writing is wonderful, but I really didn’t get all that space and/or magic stuff.” For romance it’s “Your writing is wonderful, but do people really do those things?” Oh, well, the first 4 words are the important ones…
Yeah, my mom said, “I think your book would be really great if you left out all that supernatural stuff.” But at least she does think I write well 🙂