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When Your Spouse Reads Your Work

It’s just plain crazy!

I have to tell you about the most unusual week of my life.

My man reads his Bible, and things that are necessary for his job, but that’s about it. It’s so hard for me to understand this, but he doesn’t enjoy reading. But he had told me, if you get published, I’ll read your book. Well, I honestly wasn’t anticipating it. Not at all.

It was quite awhile later, but one night, he gets a copy of my first novel, turns off the TV, and starts reading. He decided that he was tired of people asking him if he’s read it and he has to tell them no, especially since he is always telling people that I’m a writer and have published books. I’ll take that free advertisement.

As he turned the first pages of my novel, I’ve never felt such a combination of feelings in my life.

Nervous: What if he thinks it’s stupid? What if he hates it? What if he thinks differently of me? After all, I do write romance.

Weird: Seeing him engaged in a story that I made up left me feeling completely out of my element. I definitely had to do something to keep my mind off what was actually happening. So I grabbed a book to read too. J

Amusement: I burst into laughter a few times. He just looked at me, like, what’s so funny? Everything about this is funny. And nothing about this is normal.

Then he tells me what he likes about what he’s read so far and how he’s impressed. And he not only told me that, he’s showing me. Instead of sitting down with the remote, he’s sitting down with my book for over an hour. Every Night!!! Because he’s interested in the story, y’all.

It’s one thing to know people are reading my book, but to have the man I love sitting next to me reading it … it’s indescribable. And I’m starting to get used to this, well not completely. But I must admit, I do love hearing him talk about my characters as he’s reading and says he thinks about them throughout the day and how he could definitely see this being made into a movie. ~insert huge grin~

Since he’s read it, he now tells people. “It’s really good. And I don’t even like to read.”

How do you feel when your spouse reads your material?

Thanks so much for joining me today,

Cindy

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Cindy Patterson believes in life changing fiction and happily ever afters that start with Jesus. Her passions include Jesus, her husband, and her family. She’s an ordinary girl wanting to do extraordinary things for Christ.  A Reader’s Favorite, award-winning author, Cindy believes in captivating romance and happy endings. In her stories, she loves to give glimpses of how God can use brokenness and make them whole. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her family. She reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, and wishes she had more time to write. Author of Chasing Paradise and Broken Butterfly, she loves to connect with her readers and you can find her at cindypattersonbks.com and on twitter @cpattersonbks

 

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7 Responses to When Your Spouse Reads Your Work

  1. I know it means the world to me when my wife reads something I’ve written and appreciates it. There was a rough few years where I thought my writing was better than it was, and she was struggling with how to support me without lying. I felt rejected then, but we’ve rebuilt the trust between reader and writer and wife and husband. Now she reads just about everything I write, especially before I send it out.

  2. Thank you for sharing S. Daniel Smith! That’s awesome! Having support from our spouse is so important, especially since it takes so much of our time!

  3. June Foster says:

    My husband reads my romance novels as well. I feel just as you did each time he reads them.

  4. Emily Conrad says:

    How sweet! My husband listens to me read my books to him, since he’s not much of a reader, either. He’s been such an encouragement to me!

  5. I am fortunate to have a wife who is a sister-in-Christ, and my best beta reader. My books are based on the experiences of family and friends. In each story, she helped reframe some of the narrative or dialogue to better reflect the personal hardship and joy. http://www.hiddentreasurenovels.com

  6. Cynthia says:

    Enjoyed this post and glad your spouse was suitably impressed! My husband is my biggest fan and always supports my writing. It makes such a difference!

  7. Rick Barry says:

    Sounds like you’ve hit a home run, Cindy! When you can pull a non-reader into your created realm, that’s quite a feat!

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