Do you remember when you were young, just a little kid, and you watched that horror movie for the first time? You were scared, terrified even! Then, you couldn’t sleep. You were up all night having nightmares.
Before the night was over, you ran to your parents’ bed and said, “I’m scared!”
And your parents said, “Stop watching horror movies!”
I thought about this scenario last year when a woman got really scared after reading the first chapter in my first book, Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories.
It was a short story fiction piece titled, Lunatic. So, the book opens with the sentence, “I’ll fucking kill you!”
Another woman said she was upset and appalled at the foul language, so she put the book down real quick. Like it was on fire!
Neither one of them actually bought the book, I gifted it to them, and the second woman had a mouth like a truck driver, but that’s besides the point.
I was laughing at their responses, and they asked me why I was laughing.
“I’m laughing because my art evoked those emotions in you. That’s what a good writer does. Good writing makes you feel things.”
She said, “Yeah, but I wouldn’t have bought your book.”
“That’s okay,” I said. “Don’t read it if it scares you. Don’t read it if it upsets you.”