Monday, August 13, 2012

Mommy Porn? Really, that's what your calling it?


It's only Mommy Porn if you allow people to criticize your work and not give you the respect you deserve for writing a great book that just happens to have an erotic flavor.  I brought this up on Facebook last night and I'll bring it up here, being a literary snob does not make you a better writer or reader, it just means you're not willing to embrace that people may like books that don't revolve around a subject matter you approve of.  Let me make this very clear, I'm a mother to five wonderful children, married and live in the heart of the bible belt.  If you think there is anything I haven't heard when it comes to my writing in a negative light, well you're wrong.  When I wrote vampires I was influenced by the devil (I'm not making this up, people said that) and now that I'm promoting the soon-to-be-released Erotic book, 10 Nights, I'm encouraging people to indulge in sinful sex.  Seriously? 

Anne Rice, Stephen King, JR Ward, and every other author that has a mainstream book out there probably didn't go out and murder people to write their books, or meet any real immortal vampires to tell a story.  Tell someone you're writing an erotic book or ask them to help promote and find out what type of bias you'll deal with.  It's amazing to me that even people in the business of SELLING books will say something along the lines of we don't promote Erotica.  Really you don't?  Then you're not in the business of selling books, cause take a look around you, Erotica is selling! And it's mainstream!  Call Fifty Shades of Grey what you will even if it was marketed as contemporary romance, it's erotica.  

I can promise you that Amazon has no problem taking your money and promoting books that call to the public and perhaps if you're offended by what other people consider great reading, you should reconsider what you're marketing all together?  James might not have an issue with you calling a book Mommy Porn, since she was laughing all the way to the bank, but I find it insulting.  I've read the books, I enjoyed them, and they were romance just in a different way than what we are use to seeing in the Contemporary Romance field.  

I don't usually rant over things, if you look back through the Tears site, you'll not find one single time that I've ever protested.  This issue has my dander up, and mainly because I find it utter stupidity that a style of writing be excluded from the main stream.  Maybe I find innocent kids being murdered offensive so I should refuse to promote any book that talks about murder?  I wonder how fast the public would be up in flames if I came out and called a detective story against my rights as a reader and should not be shown on any site where books are promoted?  

Here's my stand on the entire Erotic field of writing.  I live in Alabama, I am a mom of five kids, married, and if I can deal with all the books out there that I don't find to my personal preference, then others should be able to look at Erotica and do the same.  Stop the insanity and support Erotic Writers as part of the mainstream.  Don't exclude Erotica from being promoted because it offends you.  Let the readers of a site decide what they want to read and give  fair honest reviews that don't label a book you don't enjoy as something like Mommy Porn.

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