Q: I am a new prospective reader who does not like sex and violence in my books. Thanks.
A: This showed up in the space for comments on a recent request to sign up for my Goodweather Report newsletter.
It puts me into a quandry. I don't think my books are particularly known for sex and violence -- in my opinion, the sex is pretty minimal and the violence is often, (but not always) offstage. But it's hard to write about murders without some violence.
And I write about life -- which is sometimes messy -- and people -- who tend to be far more interesting when they're flawed. There have to be obstacles and crises -- and I hope to engage fully the emotions of the reader -- not just give them a comforting back rub.
But I do understand the person who says -- "I have enough bad stuff in my life -- I'll take the back rub."
The thing is, a fair number of folks have told me they find a visit to my fictional world comforting . . . there've been only two, so far, who've taken me to task for undue sex and violence.
So what do I say to this prospective reader? How can I know what her comfort zone is? Probably, since she felt it necessary to mention, it's pretty limited. She'll be safe with the newsletter though -- no sex or violence there.
I've struggled with this question before -- both HERE and in the post NOT HER CUP OF TEA.