Every now and then, I think, “Hey, I should just come clean and tell my family I write this stuff. I mean, I’m published and they’d love to hear about that. What’s the worst that could happen?”
Then I remember a few things:
- The common perception of erotica writers is that we sit there with one hand down our pants at all times. That’s not how I write, personally – how am I supposed to type properly? – but any assertion of this would be seen as protesting too much.
- I have a D/s novel coming out… which is heavily accurate, seeing as I have actually been in a submissive position more than a few times. It’s pretty obvious from what I’ve written that I know what it’s like firsthand. Not something I need my parents to know!
- After getting over the initial shock, my family (which consists of mischievous types) would then take the piss out of me. Pretty much incessantly.
And then I decide it’s probably not worth the effort. 😉
I’ve told my younger sister (and sworn her to secrecy, on pain of revealing to her very disapproving father that she has a tattoo), but the rest of my family are going to remain in the dark for as long as possible.