I was at lunch talking to a second grader who just finished reading my book The Cemetery Sleeper. (Yes, I know he's a little young for the content, but he assured me that he could handle it because he had seen The Hobbit movies.) Marcus, as I will refer to him here, is my biggest fan in that age group which includes my daughter. She believes I need to rewrite my opening chapter because I don't state the problem right away. Marcus asked me what I was writing next and I told him that I had finished my ms and that it was about a boy who tries to rescue his horse from the Chinese army as they cross the Silk Road. I told him about the sandstorms, the blistering heat of the desert and other hardships along the way.
"Is that all true?" he asked.
"Well some of it is based on history."
"Then you stole that idea from someone else," Marcus chimed in.
As he hopped up to go back to class I called out to him. "No, the part about the boy is made up and that's why it's fiction."
Later Marcus said he still wanted to read my horse story. My daughter had told him it was coming out this June even though I have only started to submit it for publication. I have to get busy because I don't want to lose my biggest fan.