Smexy books..."romance" novels...chick porn...erotica. No matter what you call it, my chosen genre (officially erotic romance) is a guilty pleasure for many women around the globe. If you think it's risque to read, you should try writing it. Though I publish under my real name (side note: I totally understand why many authors rely on the privacy a pseudonym affords), there are times that I struggle to answer the ever-posed question of, "And what do you do, Ms. Jacks?"
Take for instance, PTA meetings at my son's school. Not the best place to blurt out that I write about folks getting it on in a variety of ways. Or when other authors stand up in church to announce their latest release, I tend to stay quiet about my own books in said forum. But lately I've discovered that what I do professionally is far less shocking than it was even five years ago and that it's an important part of female sexuality. After all, men gleeful invest in movies to put in their "spank bank", why shouldn't women do the same with their smexy books?
So over the past year, I've been more open with my acquaintances about what I write and to my surprise, most people think it's pretty darn cool. I haven't--as of yet--been forced to wear a scarlet A on my sweater or been asked to refrain from showing myself amongst the "decent folk". In fact, the reactions have all been positive--from one friend squealing and jumping up and down when she found out I write one of her favorite series to a high five from a school volunteer mom. Now more than ever, women are embracing their sexuality and I'm proud to be a small part of that trend. You'll never see a "don't try this at home" disclaimer on any of my books. In fact, I think we all should act out scenes from erotic romance novels...I know I do...often *grin*.
So the next time someone asks me, "What do you do?" I'm going to reply, loudly and proudly, "I write erotic romances for women." After all, there's absolutely nothing wrong with loving your inner bad girl.