Not that bold;)
Okay gutter minds... I meant bolder in my author skin.
I've been at this writing thing for about a year. My first book, Jocelyn's Choice, was classified as a YA (target audience 18-24) but I brought the heat. It was mild compared to my next few books, but some of my family members were uncomfortable with certain descriptions I used.
I get that. Not everyone wants to read books of the erotic nature, especially if they changed the author's diapers at some point in time. After that first release, I stopped talking about it with friends and family. It took me a while to realize I'm not embarrassed about what I write, but others are.
For the next few months, I stayed pretty low key. Ella is my pen name and I kept her locked away. But then...
Yeah... everyone is reading this thing (myself included). I figured if people I knew could read E.L. James there was no reason they couldn't read Ella Jade. I'm not saying my books compare to the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades, but at least now when someone tells me they are reading it and loving it, I'm able to step up and say...
Really? I know a local author who writes BDSM themed romances and they're pretty hot;)
I was at the hairdresser yesterday and the whole salon was buzzing about the books, so I outed myself. Two weeks ago, I was asked by a childhood friend to come on his local radio show and talk about the recent explosion and why I write erotic fiction. These were things the VP of the PTO would never have done a year ago.
Who knows, maybe I would have gotten to this point on my own, but now I feel a little more at ease when a fellow room mom whispers to me they are reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy and I tell her what I do for a living. It may be taboo for her, but not for me anymore.
I'm Ella Jade and I'm screaming it from the rooftops. Well, maybe not yet, but who knows where I'll be next year. lol