I want to live in a time when authors can stand up for themselves. I’m tired of personal attacks in reviews. I would like to see a change in the way reviews are handled.
I do not lack talent because Nate and Emi use curse words. This is how some characters speak. Emi didn’t have to be brought up in a ‘bad household’ to learn to use the F-word. I grew up in a good, Catholic home – believe it or not – and I did not learn the F-word from Mom and Dad. I listened to music and watched movies and went to high school. I learned the F-word, but I also learned creative writing, and I learned how to compose a story that makes people truly feel something for the characters.
I have talent.
I understand how some readers wouldn’t see that when they only read a little over 1% of the words I’ve written and published.
I know some people would prefer less profanity – or even no profanity – but I want my books to be real and authentic, and this is how people in my world talk.
Have an open mind. Escape your world. Be one with the characters. #avoidtheoctopus
If you don’t like books with profanity or vulgarity, and you stop reading one chapter in because Emi used the F-word or teenage Nate had sex and/or a cigarette, don’t review the books. I don’t like horror movies, but I’d never go into one, watch the first 10 minutes, and then leave a bad review because it’s a horror movie.
If you’re choosey about this sort of thing, and would like a little forewarning, here’s a summary of language in my books, by character:
- Nate and Emi use foul language regularly.
- Jack seldom uses curse-words, and in situations when he does, it’s probably when most non-cursing people would, too.
- Donna does not curse.
- Livvy doesn’t swear in Contessa; neither does Jon… but Livvy does start testing out limits with her parents in Olivia, but it’s mild.
- Steven and Renee both use foul language.
- Matty can be a little crude at times, too.
* This is just my opinion and my opportunity to vent on my blog. Please do not take this as a request to go harass reviewers. I am anti-bullying, 100%… and since Amazon/Goodreads gives all readers that forum, they’re allowed to say almost anything there with no recourse.