We’ve all heard the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. I couldn’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve heard that phrase particularly as an author. People will say to me “if you wrote this in a book, no one would believe it!”

Reading reviews of books you’ve authored is a no-no, especially the critical reviews. I admit I’ve slipped a few times! Just recently, I read a review for my first book A Grave in the Vegetable Garden on Goodreads.  The reviewer used the word “unbelievable” to describe a portion of the plot. A Grave in the Vegetable Garden addresses the serious issues of justice and domestic violence, but I did have some fun imagining details some readers might find unbelievable.

Still, I find it odd readers demand a level of believability in fiction (such and such would never happen in the real world they say) but accept some strange happenings in the real world.

For example: an experienced hiker gets separated from her group on a day hike and goes missing for a week only to be found alive (how do you get separated from a group on a day hike?); an Australian surfer participating in a surf contest off the coast of South Africa punches a shark in the nose and survives (possibly a Great White!); Donald J. Trump is the leading contender for the Republican nomination for President of the United States after a debate where he mentioned the size of his penis (seriously?).

I can just imagine the reviews if I wrote a story with any of those plot lines!!

P.S. I did have a reader tell me she looked up the California penal code because she didn’t believe the resolution of one of the plot points in A Grave in the Vegetable Garden. She seemed disappointed to discover that resolution actually could happen in real life. Seriously? She spent time researching fiction???