I just finished my first mystery novel which I've been writing in secret for over 6 months. Last night I built up the courage to tell my wife I'd written a book, and wanted her to be the first to read it. As a die hard mystery fan herself, I thought she could offer some great insights. Her reaction was not what I was expecting. She seemed disappointed and said she thought I was working on my business during all those extra hours at the computer. Suddenly my jubilation from completing my book turned into this ugly guilty thing. She put my manuscript in a drawer saying she'd read it when she was in the mood. That was yesterday and it's still in that drawer. Anyway, maybe she feels I was dishonest by sneaking around to write a book. But I honestly believe that if told anyone, it would never have been finished. I drew a lot of energy from imagining how exciting it would be to surprise my family with the book. Is this typical? Maybe keeping your writing a secret is a bad idea? I just feel dirty and foolish. I don't know whether to take back the manuscript back or let it biodegrade where it is.