Some thrillers contain no ripe language, no sex scenes and minimal violence. My book isn’t among them. While it’s not graphic, it does involve adult material and elements some might find disturbing. Two weeks ago, at a bookstore signing, a parent asked me if it was suitable for a fourteen-year-old to read. I’m not a parent and it’s been a long time since I was fourteen. I’m unfamiliar with what they enjoy, but I didn’t think my book was appropriate and told the parent why. I explained about the language, the violence, the sex and the dark theme. The parent decided most fourteen-year-olds already know all about that stuff and bought it anyway. I wouldn’t have sold it knowing the age of the intended reader, but the bookstore did sell it. So, where do my responsibilities lay, I wonder. I’m not the parent. I’m the author. But it’s my words that will be in the kids head…and they are words I’d rather not put in a child’s mind. Can we refuse to sell a book and should we? What are your thoughts?