Every marriage has struggles.
Here's one of ours:
In a secret spot, locked up in the deepest, darkest part of my heart, I have a hidden fantasy.
I dream that someday, I'll walk innocently into a coffee shop and find my husband tucked away in a corner, avoiding the crowds and peering eyes, doing this:
Yes, yes, it's true.
I have a secret (delusional) fantasy that someday, Jacob will confess that he's a closet reader of YA books. And even more specifically, my YA books.
I'll never forget Jacob's words when I finished reading him what would be the final draft of my novel, The Mod Code.
"It's good," he said. And then, right there in the bed next to me, he drifted off to sleep.
I blinked at him, willing my mouth to stay closed. (For the safety of our marriage.)
Good? What do you mean, "good"? Seriously? That's it? GOOD?? This is only five years of my blood, sweat, tears, and mental energy. Basically, my heart and soul poured into book form, basically it's ... I don't know ... my third child. And it's AWESOME! It's AWESOME! Do you hear me in that sleeping brain of yours???
I sniffed, closed my computer, and crossed my arms. And right then and there, my fantasy was born: Maybe one day, my husband would read and appreciate books like this.
I mean, I don't think it's wrong of me to hope. People all over the U.S. are enjoying my book, and even some people across the seas. Here's just two of the dozens of people who've wrote unsolicited praise for The Mod Code:
"Oh my gosh! I can't put it down! I've totally ignored my people and my life today. I'm about to get in trouble... I love this book. I'll finish it tonight." - L. Mitchell
"I just finished THE MOD CODE. I couldn't hardly put it down. I had to stop reading, so I could actually get some sleep. Is there a sequel coming? I didn't want it to end." -L. Burkert
And yet, and yet ...
From my very own spouse, I got: "It's good."
So, until that day when I catch Jacob in the hidden act of reading my YA books--or any YA books--I'm going to keep on daydreaming ...
If you happen to enjoy reading and appreciate a "good" story, you can purchase my book, The Mod Code, here: www.HeidiTankersley.com/books
It's available on AMAZON (digital and paperback), iTUNES, BARNES & NOBLE Nook, and KOBO.