I don’t know what most Romance Authors do, but I let people know what I do for a living. Some people might keep the fact that they write erotic romance to themselves but I don’t tend to be able to keep my life a secret. I mean, how do I explain that I can’t do all the PTA stuff that is always being advertised?
I’m a writer. I write.
Most people aren’t all that interested and then a few are way over interested. I’ve gotten all kinds of weird remarks. Don’t even get me started. I try to keep most conversations outside the elementary school to talk about, imagine it, the kids.
But the other day…I found myself to be very very popular.
50 Shades of Grey came out. Let me clear. I have not read this book. But every mother in the school yard seems to have read it and they all seemed to want to discuss it with me. In whispered tones.
“Rebecca, have you read it?” Giggles. “Oh my god. What did you think?”
I looked around wildly. “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
By now, we had a crowd. One mother had suddenly become five mothers. All giggling. I finally caught on. They’d just read 50 Shades of Grey.
“Is that normal? Is all erotica like this Rebecca?”
“Oh my goodness, Rebecca, my husband gave me the book and then I called him so he rushed home from work and took me upstairs…”
OKAY! Too much information.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to see them reading, but the friendly neighborhood erotic writer does not want to hear about your sex life. Not even a little bit.
And I still haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey. But when I do, I think I’ll find a way to talk about it that doesn’t include whispering in the school yard.
Come on ladies, as professionals, mothers, wives, friends, and strong women. There’s no such thing as a dirty look book. Enjoy it out loud.
About Rebecca Royce: As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.