Is it Porn, or Is it Love?

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THAT’S LOVE

Recently an old friend accused me of writing porn. She writes these cozy mysteries where even husband and wife don’t kiss or touch each other. I did not remind her that in all the years we’ve known each other, I’ve always been kind enough not to tell her why I don’t read her books. Frankly, they bore me.

My brand is Sexy, Dark and Gritty. Get the idea? I do not write porn, but I suppose she has the right to say that. And the dictionary does say that pornography is work pictured or written specifically to arouse sexual feelings. So, I give up. She’s right. My stories do arouse sexual feelings. That is absolutely terrible. However, the stories aren’t written specifically to arouse sexual feelings. My two characters are having a consensual love affair. Neither is married and both are the age of consent. And I enjoy writing sexy love scenes.

My vow to stay away from writing about politics and religion has served me very well over the years. I never have to defend a stance, be attacked by a group of fanatics who are sure they are right and everyone else is going to hell, or try to convince people that my beliefs are private and none of their business. I would tend to rant.

I didn’t vote for someone so they could do terrible things to my country, despite what people might think. I don’t believe in a God who allows dreadful things to happen to good people. In fact, I don’t have to tell anyone what I believe in. It annoys me when someone asks. And it is certainly none of your business if I’m a Lesbian, a cross dresser or a prostitute. So don’t ask cause I won’t tell. I value your right to privacy, so value mine.

Couple at peace

Couple at peace

Just saying that much is probably enough for voices to be raised against me. How dare I … do what?

It looks like I’ve found subject matter that I will openly defend. Love.

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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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4 Responses to Is it Porn, or Is it Love?

  1. Shirley Lowry says:

    You have my support!

  2. Excellent. Keep writing and keep in spicy.

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