Writing is a weird thing to do. It's not like having a proper job where you have to go to work every day, get paid at the end of the month, can go on holiday without feeling guilty and toting a laptop about with you everywhere, even though you only use it to check your e mails in the wifi cafe.
Normal people pretend to be interested in what you do, but really they think it is weird and can't quite comprehend it. This leads them to asking questions which you can see coming but you dread being asked.
Here are five of my favourites. Feel free to add your own.
1. Have you got a new book coming out?
If you have, then,
2. I can't find your new book in Waterstone's.
If they can find it in Waterstone's, then,
3. When is the next one coming out?
4(a)If you write for children, or teenagers - Have you ever thought of writing for adults?
4 (b)If you write for adults - How's the kids' book doing?
5. Should I have heard of you?