"What kind of books?" the receptionist asks. "You mentioned that you write novels. What kind?"
"Fantasy," I say, "and some science fiction."
Her face falls flat. "Oh. I don't read those kinds of books."
I'm used to this response — it's not an uncommon one. So I shrug, and smile, and say nothing.
"Having said that," she brightens, "I did see the Spiderwick Chronicles the other day, and I quite enjoyed that…"
This, too, is not uncommon.
"Well," I say noncommittally, "that's fantasy."
She gives a little shudder. "Yes. I definitely don't like fantasy."