[Originally published 4 January 2013]
I sent the draft of King’s Ransom to a friend of mine, Andy, who is off on a visit to the Middle East at the end of the week: he’s going to read it on the plane. I hope it will not send him to sleep.
I’m relieved that he’s said he will be completely honest and critical (to a fault, probably), although I am still a little nervous, as he is the first person to see this revised version. I’ve never been bothered when someone criticises my writing – as long as it is constructive – because it can only help me improve.
Of course, someone criticising my novel might make me react differently. We shall see.