Daughter is a little like Lucy Coats. She doesn’t trust her mother.
According to Lucy’s comment on FLF the other day, her mother reads her books and praises them, which immediately disqualifies her from being taken seriously. I believe it’s the same with Adèle Geras and her daughter Sophie Hannah. They read each other’s books and Sophie offers constructive criticism, whereas Adèle tells Sophie how good her book is. As mothers do.
So why Daughter should ask my opinion on anything is beyond my comprehension. Her school is running a story writing competition, and she spent the half term writing her entry. I said it was good, but why should she believe me? (And however good it may be, has no bearing on how well she might do in the eyes of the judges.)
She wanted proper opinions, and she knows I know proper people. I counted to one hundred and plunged in with my emails, asking for people’s professional opinions. I now know how it might feel to have a whole proper real book that you want someone to read and say nice things about.
Thank you lovely readers for taking the time to read and comment.