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