This morning I had a text conversation with a member of my family. It began with a joke when I told her that my blog had been read in Abu Dhabi and I was now perhaps a criminal as homosexuality was a crime in the AE.
It ended with me defending my choice of writing genre to her when she said that perhaps I should put my (questionable lol) talents into writing something more readable and enjoyable!!! And when I informed her that even many published authors don’t earn large amounts of money, (we do it for love of the genre) she answered that that was because no one wants to read that kind of thing!!!! Oh, really?
Why, why, why do people criticise what they do not know or understand? What do they imagine GLBTQ authors are writing for God’s sake. Do they think it’s all steamy sex scenes and anal/oral sex on every damn page. Because I’m sure they do imagine that is the case. It’s that same thing which has been spoken about so often lately. If it’s gay then it follows it MUST be erotic and steamy and adult themed. Grrrrrrr! I am annoyed and upset that an intelligent professional woman would take this attitude and have this erroneous belief without actually reading anything which I or any other GLBTQ author has written.
I did explain that in many cases the gay relationship is incidental to the plot and authors write exactly the same kind of thing as any other author. Mysteries, murder, paranormal, fantasy etc and yes, there are books which are erotic and steamy. But so it is with many ‘straight’ romances as well.
It’s so horribly narrow minded and unfair, and in my opinion a bloody insult to the many talented authors I’ve ‘met’ here and elsewhere. A slur on their talents and their integrity.
But how many of you have found yourself defending your genre of choice to family members?