I have written a few books, most of them involving crimes such as murder and kidnapping. There’s never any sunshine and puppy dogs in my work and I get antsy if I can’t kill off a character. My 7-year-old son wants to read my books, of course I say no, totally inappropriate for your age bracket kid. But the other day, I was typing away, not paying any attention to anything but my work in progress when suddenly a little voice screams into my ear “swear word!” I very nearly had a heart attack. I quickly scanned the page, yup there was a swear word alright, plus a death scene. So how much had my little munchkin read? I quickly closed the laptop and asked what he’d seen.
“I can’t tell you,” he whispered, “it’s a swear word.”
“Read anything else?” I asked.
Thankfully not and there were no nightmares about screwdrivers being plunged anywhere. But I think the moral of this story is, always make sure you know where your kids are when you are writing!