Okay, what do you do when high school friends buy your book? Did I mention I went to a Christian High School and my novel is a bit… well hot and graphic? Oh, and these high school friends I’m talking about are MEN. I clearly stated this was a romance novel, but they still purchased it. I’m not complaining of the sale mind you, but I’m just waiting for one to write back stating, “What happened to that shy girl I once knew?”
When I started my writing journey, I had considered choosing a pen name, but when it came time I just couldn’t use a name that wasn’t my own. I know pen names are a personal choice, it just wasn’t my choice. So, I’ll stand up and face any scrutiny. But I’m curious about what other authors and readers think. One word of advice I used… “It’s not me it’s the characters.” Of course my best friend said, “Yeah, right.” I’ve asked authors who write hot or erotic romance how their family and friends reacted to their books. Some have stated their family doesn’t know to my father read my erotic romance cover to cover. I’m not sure I’d give a copy to my mother.
Is there any good way of handling it other than being proud of your work and let the judgment drop where it may. I’m wearing my big girl panties, so I’m up for the fight, but it still doesn’t lessen the lump in my throat. What has been your experience? How did your friends and family react? Did you have any positive or negative comments and how did you handle them? I’d like to know, so please leave a comment.