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Wikipedia and other secrets my mother doesn’t know

Here’s the thing about publishing that gets me in trouble—a ton of time can pass between the time you sign off on that final edit and release day. You see, my memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be, so when my first book released, I pimped it to anyone and everyone, forgetting that there are some rather…racy scenes involved. Until my mother called.

The conversation went something like this: “I’ve heard parts of Paramour are a little shocking. Your sister wants to know where you learned those things.”

My answer? “Wikipedia.”

The funny thing was, Paramour wasn’t even considered erotic romance. It was just a little on the hot side of the contemporary spectrum. But it’s hard to explain to anyone who doesn’t read romance regularly. Particularly if that person diapered you.

That’s why I chose to use a pen name for the sexy stuff. Yes, it’s a pain to keep up with two of everything but totally worth it when it comes to avoiding the uncomfortable questions. By doing so, I don’t have to get face-to-face reviews from a male colleague: “I liked it. Soft-core porn.” At times Margaret and Maggie’s worlds collide, but I try not to sweat it too much. I’m every bit as proud of the erotic as I am the contemporary, so it’s all good.

What about you? What’s the oddest or most awkward comment you’ve received on some of your work?

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4 thoughts on “Wikipedia and other secrets my mother doesn’t know

  1. When I give people from work my blog name or Goodreads info they will go on and see what books I’ve reviewed. I’ve gotten comments like “your book choices made me blush” or “wow you like a lot of pornish typebooks”. (Darn hot covers)
    Nothing too embarrassing though. It is what it is and I prefer adult books over YA.

  2. At least four couples have told me that they had some sexy times after reading one of my books. I’m pretty proud of that. At a family reunion last summer my aunt might have mentioned (via megaphone) that I write dirty books. I recall being hugged for an awkwardly long time by my great uncle that day.

  3. Hahaha! Jules and Mags, you both crack me up! I am sooo glad I can tell my mother and the whole world what I write. I’m a terrible at keeping my own secrets. Darn good at keeping others’ though.

    Having just wrestled with the decision between a pen name or not for the steamy stuff, I’ve yet to come across any of those awkward moments. I’m sure they will be colorful with my massive family. I’m heading coast way later this month. I’ll report back any craziness.

  4. Recently my dad sent me links to vampire erotica and sci fi erotica. The email said “to help you with ideas for your own stories”. I told him that I primarily write contemporary western romance/erotic romance. He told me that I needed to add vampires or dragons. He hasn’t read anything I’ve written in years.

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