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I was telling my brother-in-law how well my novel Sally Ann and Her Cowboy was selling. He said that he might buy it for my older sister to read since she likes westerns. But I had to back off and tell him that I thought it was too racy for her. My Baptist sister isn't as puritanical as my other pentecostal sister, but bad enough.

I was going to suggest Franklin since it is about a hound dog man, but suddenly I remembered some racy scenes in it too. Most of it is not racy, but there was that scene in the barn loft where Mary Lou and Franklin had fooled around. Then there was the Drive In movie. Nope that one is out.

Misunderstood Angel has no explicit sex scenes, but I doubt my sister would like my version of Satan.

No Where in Particular is probably the best for lack of racy scenes, but the second half is about this couple's life on the Other Side. I doubt my religious sister would go for that.

My Short Story collection Reincarnation of Julie and Other Short Stories is fine, but I made a mistake of giving my sisters a copy of it before I published it. My Pentecostal sister said she thought it was too racy for her, but I didn't think it had anything racy in it.

I doubt my writing is near as racy as a lot of authors, but you have to remember that my older sisters come from a different era. I am the youngest of a family of seven kids so I look at things differently. So it is hard to find any of my novels for family members to read.

My sister that is only a couple of years younger than I am is more worldly so wouldn't have any problem with any of my novels.

So are your novels too racy for some family members?
 

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Definitely. No one in my family reads my novels (either the regular romances or the erotic ones), but I don't mind.  Different strokes for different folks, and all that. :)
 

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My novel is YA bordering on Middle Grade. So, I don't have anything racy. Except for a rather innocent kissing scene, I have a moment when a character is wearing underwear on their head. My mother, old school British, thinks that's terrible and I should take it out. Part of me wants to write an extreme erotica scene, pretend it's going into the book and ask her to read it for me. After that, I will be able to write a non-fiction book entirely about the many shades of red between peach and volcanic-fire-lava-red.
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There is a scene early in The Old Mermaid's Tale in which Pio, a handsome young fisherman, introduces Clair, the heroine, to a very delightful experience that I think all gentlemen should introduce would-be paramours to, that totally freaked my one sister out. She put the book own and wouldn't pick it up again.

However, another sister loved it, read it several times, and then made her husband memorize it....
 

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hahaha. You romance and erotica writers have it tough, don't you?

In my case, I couldn't really feel comfortable writing fiction while my parents were alive. They were socially conservative Catholics, and I think the love story in HUNTER would have caused them terminal embarrassment with their family and friends. Even though the language and sex scenes are nowhere near as explicit as (ahem!) some people's.

I'm curious: How do you navigate those issues with family members? Has this caused problems for you?
 

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Robert Bidinotto said:
hahaha. You romance and erotica writers have it tough, don't you?

In my case, I couldn't really feel comfortable writing fiction while my parents were alive. They were socially conservative Catholics....
For the record I am neither a romance nor an erotica writer. Both my novels are contemporary adult novels with love stories within the story. And both are very Catholic! I wish my mother had lived to read my books -- she was a good Catholic but she also loved a spicy story. I'm not so sure about my Dad....
 

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Neither of the 2 stories I have up right now have any sex scenes.  Graphic violence, yes (vampire slayers in the short, and fantasy battles and a torture scene in the novel).  But I have an Urban Fantasy series coming up, that has both sex and violence, that none of my very religious (Catholic, Baptist, and Methodist) family would appreciate.  Heck, even the black leather my heroine wears would have them all flustered.

When I was in the Army for 4 years, my step-mother threw away my Rolling Stone magazines that arrive in the mail, because they were "pornographic."
 

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I can't even get my husband to read my love scenes.  LOL.  He's horrified that I've written anything graphic, but his parents are missionaries and he knows his mother would pop a vein if she found out.  So I'm trying to fly under her radar.  In other words, she has no idea that I write.  ;)

I feel for you Franklin since I'm in your shoes. 
 

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My book is an historical thriller but there a re a few racy scenes that i would be embarrassed to have my parents read for sure
 

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My books definitely include racy scenes, the first bordering on erotic, but everyone in my family has read them except for my youngest sister who is a freshman in high school. Luckily they're all very open minded and even if the content is a bit spicy for them, they still brag about how great I am ;D. I've written this before, but it's funny so I'll tell the tale again... My ninety year old grandmother read my first book and has now passed it around her entire retirement home with the warning that it's a little racy--but very well written (of course ;)). But when she heard that a reviewer had given me a one-star review because they thought the book was porn, she stuck her little nose in the air, sniffed, and said with derision, "Well, then they probably shouldn't read anything written after 1950." LOL! She is one of my biggest fans though, so I probably could have written complete porn and she'd be passing it around with the same glee.

On the same note, I have told my mom not to let my dad read it because even though I'm approaching forty and have been married for a decade, I'm pretty sure he still thinks I'm a virgin :eek:.
 

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My books are family reading.


The Manson Family.


But seriously, my wife is the only one who reads my books.  My mother-in-law knows I write, but doesn't know what (she even buys me writing books.)  Plus, I'm in the middle of a non-erotic time-travel novel that will be my 'coming out party.'

I was talking to a girl on facebook I grew up next door to, and I mentioned I write.  She asked if she could read something, so I gave her 'The Gazelle'.  Then I remembered she's a dog lover, and my main character in that story maims and kills a dog.  I told her about it and mentioned she didn't have to read it, but she said she would anyway.  I haven't heard back from her in a while.  :p
 

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I write m/m-romance, gay stories and they all have explicit scenes.
I just told my parents and my brother what they could expect. I don't know whether they read them or not.
If they did, they never commented on them.
Well, they're not my intended core audience. :)
 

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she heard that a reviewer had given me a one-star review because they thought the book was porn,
Hahahah -- when people say this about the sex in most romances or other genres, even erotic romance, I just realize that the commenter clearly isn't familiar with actual porn. Which is both good and bad!
 

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There is another aspect to this debate and that is your situation at work. If you write racy stuff and you work in a conservative corporation that is very self-conscious of its image, you may get in trouble if they find out. Thanks God for pen names!

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I write horror/thrillers and things get messy. I have little or no sex, but the violence is over the top. For my books INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and ANCESTOR, the kids can't read 'em and that's a bit sad. Eventually they can. I wrote YA sports novels so they'd have something of mine to read.
 

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JodyWallace said:
My family doesn't really read my books, so it's a moot point. Now if only they were mute, ha ha. Mute point = the silent treatment?
 

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My children are too young for my books.  My husband doesn't read them.  He's not a big reader and I don't write in his preferred genre.  My mother reads everything I write, and while I felt a bit awkward at first with the racy scenes, I got over it.  My in-laws are Catholic, but it's not the sex scenes that I worry about.  I write paranormal romances and it's the paranormal aspect I was more worried about them reading.

Interestingly, the one I'm working on now has a police officer for a main character.  I called my father-in-law for research and he didn't seem to have any problems with the magical aspects.  Now as long as it doesn't get printed out and handed to my husband's grandparents, I think I'm alright.  ;)
 
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