|Am I too old to be writing about soccer and sex? Er, no!|
Anyway, back to her issue - the idea of anyone over the age of 35 writing anything sexual being wrong. Is it disgusting? Should we leave all the erotic fiction writing to the young? Now, no way am I taking this person's comment seriously, but it did make me wonder what people really think about erotic romance, and the people who write it.
As most people who've followed my work know, I haven't always written novels that veer towards the steamy. Some of them have been quite sexy, but in No Matter What and See You At The Show I actually toned down the sex, and removed some scenes altogether. So they're probably a lot tamer than they originally were in draft form. And I've also written books that aren't steamy at all, trying my hand at rom coms and a sweet little Christmas love story. But as I got braver and more confident, things changed slightly with Striker. With that book I dared to step that little bit nearer to the erotic side of romance. Not erotica, I hasten to add. Because I do think there's a difference between erotic romance and erotica. Probably not all that much, in some cases, but a difference none-the-less. And Extra Time, the second installment in the Striker Trilogy has probably moved even further towards that boundary. And I'm taking a risk, because not all of those who've read my earlier books will take to this change in my writing. But I'm enjoying writing these books, very much. Does it matter that I'm in my 40s? Does it? Really? Do we actually care about the age of the person who wrote the book we're reading, as long as we're enjoying the story they've given us? I know I don't.
I understand that it's difficult for some (usually younger) people to get their heads around the fact that anyone over the age of 40 may still actually have a sex life, but is it really that repulsing to think that they write about it, too? Look at Jackie Collins - she's got a few years on me and she's still doing it. And yes, I know I'm nowhere near the status of Jackie Collins, but I'm just trying to make a point. Would it put you off a book - and I'm talking a steamy book here - if you knew it had been written by someone in their 40s, 50s, or even 60s? Honestly? If Fifty Shades of Grey had been written by a pensioner would you still have read it, or would the thought of someone of that age writing about that kind of stuff repulse you too much to even think about it?
In reality, I don't think there's a reader out there who cares about the age of the author of the book they're reading. Like I said before, if the story is a good one then nothing else matters, least of all the author's age. Is that true of erotic fiction, too? Should I, as an author of the more sexy side of romance, be leaving all of that to the younger writers? Does it put you off reading my steamy novels, knowing I'm about to hit 45?
I'd be really interested to hear people's views on this, because, my books probably won't be getting much tamer in the coming years. No matter what anyone else thinks...
Okay, moving quickly onto one final thing. My Facebook Author Page. Now, I know that a couple of weeks ago I shut down my original page, feeling - at the time - that it made more sense to stick to just one Facebook account. Well, I've changed my mind, like I always do. It's a terrible habit of mine...
Anyway, there is now a brand new Michelle Betham author page over on Facebook. I'm starting from scratch, doing it properly this time, and using it for what it should be used for - promoting/talking about my books. If you want to find out more about my work, read extracts from forthcoming books, etc., then this is the place you need to be, although I will still be posting book-related stuff on my personal account, too. I just didn't feel comfortable not having an author page. So it's back - but, as it's brand new, I currently have no likes. Anyone feeling generous...? I'd be really grateful! You can find the all-new Michelle Betham author page HERE. And thank you in advance to anyone who kindly pops over there and "likes" me.
So, discussion on erotic fiction and the middle-aged, and a plug for my new author page done, I think it's about time I got back to the final round of editing on Extra Time. And for those of you waiting for this second book in the Striker Trilogy, kick-off (I've probably over-used that term so much since I started writing these books, but I can't help meself...) is still scheduled for early September. And look out for the cover reveal some time next week, too.
And whatever you're reading - be it erotic fiction or a good old aga-saga - have a great weekend!
If anyone would like to check out my own stab at erotic romance, written by someone over the age of 40, you can find Striker HERE over on Amazon, and it's now also available HERE on Kobo.
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