So, on Tuesday, when I quit procrastinating and started working on my new middle grade fantasy, my son decided to draw a picture of the pirate ship in my book. The conversation went something like this:
Little Dude: So, what kind of pirate ship is it?
Me: A crystal one. It's invisible.
Little Dude: Should it have a dragon cannon?
Me: Yep. Sounds good.
Little Dude: And Gatling guns?
Me: Heck yeah!
Little dude: Old-fashioned ones or new ones?
Me: Old fashioned.
Little dude shrugs, then: Those are harder, but okay. What should go on the prow?
Me: Haven't decided yet. You decide.
It ended up being a cool triangle diamond-head. And that conversation and others I have with him are the reason I started writing for a younger audience, in addition to my adult books. I love the pure magic that comes with it. I've let my son read the first two chapters, and it's so fun to share the world of books with him.
Who do you love to share books with?