I have mentioned Auntie Sue before. She was 88 last month and is my Number One Auntie and my Number One Fan. She loved The Blue Suitcase and was the first person to buy a copy of Food of Ghosts, refusing absolutely to accept the book as a gift. Here’s what she said after reading Food of Ghosts…
“From the off I was gripped. You took me on a wonderful trip and from start to end I didn’t want to put your book down. I did put it down, though, because I didn’t want the treat to end too quickly. I rationed myself and enjoyed every word. You are a master storyteller. This is it! I am not saying this because you are my niece. If I had not liked the story I would have said, it’s very nice, dear, and smiled. I enjoyed The Blue Suitcase, of course I did, it’s a wonderful book, but Food of Ghosts is even better …”
Auntie Sue paused there to catch her breath. I was so thrilled to get such praise. Auntie Sue reads heaps and approval from her, someone I admire and respect, means a lot to me 🙂 Then she said …
“Yes, the book is good, so very good, that it can stand all on its own, yes, it can, without one single swear word.”
I knew Auntie Sue wouldn’t like the swearing – not that there is a lot of swearing in Food of Ghosts but the “f” word is used once or twice. Auntie Sue has asked me to think about not using such words in my next book. I have said I will think about it. However, in my heart of hearts, I know I will use whatever words it takes to tell the story I want to tell, even if that means using the “f” word.
What do you think? Do you agree with Auntie Sue?
PS: Despite “disapproving” of my use of swear words, Auntie Sue says she’s still super keen to read the next DS Louisa Townsend book and is still my Number One Fan! Yeh hey! 😉