I’m curious, when someone asks you what a book is about how do you answer? Now, I’m not talking about when people ask what your novel is about. I’m speaking of just the day to day book recommendations and sharing that goes on in a book loving community. Do you detail the plot? Talk about character, theme? Does it vary depending on whether the person you’re talking to is a writer or not? I know I answer differently if I’m talking to a writer.
If I know the person, close friend or family member, I can tailor the answer to their personality. I have a friend that is a plot reader so I know what she wants to hear about if she asks about a book. But what about the people you don’t know, the casual bystander that sees you with a book and asks about it? It’s a vague question, really, and subjective. If you ask any author they say the query or one sentence pitch is harder than writing the whole book. Though, I do believe it’s easier to do with someone else’s work than your own. Often I just resort to the blurb on the jacket until I can tell if the person can intelligently discuss books.
How do you answer that question?