Adapting My Writing to Changing Times #OpenBookBlogHop #WednesdayWords

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “WHY do you write what you write?”

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The answer is simple. I enjoy reading the type of material I write.

I like stories with believable characters and a plot that’s not too complicated or horrendous, with no violence, no explicit descriptions of sex, and not too much strong language. I like feel-good endings in which everything is resolved. I enjoy reading poetry that’s straightforward, not abstract, that doesn’t have unfamiliar words. I like memoirs to which I can relate that don’t portray a lot of atrocities.

I’m a sensitive reader. I don’t like books that make me feel uncomfortable.  So, I don’t want my readers to feel uncomfortable.

Recently, my editor at DLD Books pointed out a problem with a scene in my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, which is due out this fall. After having a bad dream, ten-year-old Sarah crawls into bed with her father, not realizing her mother isn’t there. My editor pointed out that ten-year-old girls aren’t known to do that anymore, and victims of sexual molestation or rape by a parent or other relative may feel uncomfortable reading this. Since I’ve never been a victim of such abuse, I’d never thought of it from that angle.

In the 1970’s, I often climbed into bed with my own father, and he read to me, or we listened to music or just slept. Back then, I’d never heard of adults abusing children in such a way.

I don’t want readers who were victims of such abuse to feel uncomfortable reading my books. Now that I think of it, I haven’t read many books where little girls curl up in bed with their fathers. So, I agreed to let my editor change the scene. It’ll be interesting to see what she does with it.

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How about you authors out there? Why do you write what you write? Have you needed to change a scene because you were afraid it would make someone uncomfortable? You can leave your answer in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s Open Book Blog Hop and read what others have to say.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

9 thoughts on “Adapting My Writing to Changing Times #OpenBookBlogHop #WednesdayWords”

    1. Well, I’m sure a 10-year-old girls can still seek comfort from their fathers. But I don’t know about them snuggling in bed with them. As I told my editor, I must’ve been a weird kid. But there are worse things I could’ve done.

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  1. I think plenty of ten-year-old girls still snuggle in bed with their fathers and that it is completely acceptable. I know my granddaughters sure snuggle with their father. What else I think is that if we stop writing about such things and continue making such things out to be wrong and unhealthy that more unhealthy behavior will exist.
    In my mind, it might have been more productive to have had the ten-year-old snuggling with her father and have had her say that she was glad he was the kind of father she could feel safe and comfortable doing such a thing with. Just one or two simple sentences of dialog on that thought would make so much difference in the type of world in which we live.
    Totally leaving out such a scene is much more unhealthy.
    JMO.

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      1. Hi Abbie, first, you’re welcome to use my suggestion but if you tell her that it’s from me she will veto it hands down.

        She did Trish that way and was so nasty to her it was quite unbelievable and rather unprofessional.

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      2. Oh, no, I would never tell her who suggested anything. I was only planning to say that somebody commented on my blog and suggested the change. But I think I’ll wait and see what she does with the scene first. She and her husband David have published two of my books so far, and I’ve been very happy with their work. So, I have every confidence she’ll do right by this book. But if I’m not happy with the scene, I’ll definitely put my foot down. I’ll definitely suggest what you suggested.

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      3. You know best, but I think your book will get more play with some realism. Yes, child sexual abuse is a problem it however has not stopped loving healthy parents from being loving healthy parents.

        Do what you wish.

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