I accepted it as a compliment when I was told by a reader that my writings were provocative as Harper Lee’s. That’s my job as a writer to prompt one to think and reason.
I told them, “Thanks you, I consider that a great honor.”
I did asked which book were they referring to and they said, “The Tree.”
I then did an intimation of eight year old Ana screaming out the window at the centuries old ghost named Cooter.
“DAMN COOTER! SHUT UP AND SHUT UP NOW! Shut up or get your names straight! If you gonna keep people awake all night then you need to know who you’re calling. MY NAME IS NOT SHELLYANNA, IT’S ANA. BUT you just keep it up until I get down there! I’m gonna give you sumthing to cry about! I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR CRYING ALL NIGHT. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP! CAN’T NOBODY DO NOTHING ABOUT YOU IN HELL! YOUR NASTY ATTITUDE IS WHY YOU’RE IN HELL.”
Then she storm down stairs to confront him under the tree.