Thursday, June 28, 2012

Read my book, Damn it!

Towards the end of the school year, there was a buzz going around the hallways. One would think it was the much anticipated end of the school year, the prospects of going to the beach every day, or just the fact there will no longer be twenty-six students ages 3-7 hanging all over you for ten whole weeks but no, it was something different.

It started off as whispers. Teachers gathering in the hallways and whispering about something and then dispersing if anyone got close. Then the question on everyone's lips was pose to me.

"Have you read it?"
Me just being me, at first thought I had missed an important email from the district or a newspaper article. "Read, what?" I so innocently asked.

 Right after the eye roll, "Fifty Shades."

"Oh that book, I haven't had the time." In my head I'm thinking, who has time? I'm on deadlines to finish my own book!"

"OMG! You really have to read it. I can't put it down."

"When you're finished. Tell me about what you liked about it." Always doing research as a writer, I mean the woman did make millions off of these books.

I still haven't read any of the books for the exact same reasons as before but I have been getting different feedback about it. I do commend the woman. She is making money hand over fist. She is also help brining erotica out of the proverbial closet which only benefits us who write in the genre. It's becoming more mainstream.

Here is my problem. I want to scream at them and write it on facebook, "If you liked that book, READ MY BOOK!" I unfortunately can't. I write under a pen name but I want to. I really want to.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to scream at people who are talking this book and tell them to read yours or am I alone?

Peace out,


  1. I've been saying that since the whole "50 Shades" started. It's absolutely ridiculous in my mind. Erotica has been around for a long time. Why now that these books came out is it suddenly acceptable?
    I won't read the books, but because I don't do fan fiction. I haven't read or seen anything Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. It seems when the world is jumping on a bandwagon, I'm running in the other direction. Could I be missing out on something fantastic. Absolutely. I guess it's my loss. :o)
    So do as Marie says and READ HER BOOKS you won't be disappointed.

  2. LOL! My husband has been saying that since he's heard about 50 Shades! He keeps telling me to give my books to all our friends who are all gaga over 50 and tell them one of my friends wrote it, then I could get the ultimate critique of my stories.

  3. And there lies the problem with pen names.

    And to think authors use multiple pen names.

    Oh...the branding nightmares thrust a stake through my heart.