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Then the conversation went like this:
"Mom, how popular are you?"
"What do you mean?"
"In your book stuff. How popular are you?"
I couldn’t help it. I laughed. "I’m pretty much a nobody, son."
He didn’t seem to believe me. "But on a scale of 1 to 100, how popular are you?"
I laughed again. I guess to him I am SUPER popular because I have books and talk about writing pretty much 24/7. I’m sure my husband and son are sick of me. It’s all consuming. Just ask them. Poor guys.
When I didn’t respond, he said, "Like...are you a 60 or an 80?"
Bless his little heart. He thinks I’m that popular. I muttered, "More like a 20."
And then we had a long discussion about genre fiction. One of his questions was, "Why don’t you write science fiction or fantasy, Mom?"
I think that’s a sign, don’t you?
But we had a good in-depth discussion about genre fiction and what it is and what it’s not. He wanted to know about all the sub-genres and then, very intelligently, told me I should be writing science fiction or fantasy. I think that's just for him, though. ;) I told him I "sorta" wrote that but it was different in that it was part of the romance I wrote. Yes, he knows I write romances just not exactly WHAT they're about. And I'm going to keep that way until he's at least 35.
Anyway, then he asked a little about non-fiction, which is TOTALLY not my realm but we discussed. He’s quite intelligent for an 11 year old, actually.
But the "popular" question got me to thinking. And I couldn’t help but equate it to those high school days where I was totally NOT one of the popular kids. I was in the "ignore" group. The band geek. The nerd who liked Star Trek and wrote fan fiction in the back of class (maybe why I flunked Chemistry and Algebra 2? Sorry, Mom). The one who hung out with the smart kids but who was too lazy to BE one of the smart kids.
I’m still the kid at the back of the class writing fiction. Only difference now is I have my name on a few books. Does that make me popular? To my son it does.
Maybe being "popular" in my kid’s view is all that really matters. He thinks I’m popular because I write books. I think that’s pretty special.
Michelle Miles writes contemporary, paranormal and fantasy romance. Most of her time is spent daydreaming about pirates and knights in shining armor and faraway lands were there are still princes and princesses. Find out more about her books at her website or follow her on Twitter.