Voting and Gagging 3


Maybe that’s not the best title to put together because the voting is not what’s going to induce the gagging.

capa2012_bigVoting — which is a positive thing — is all about voting for your favorite books and your favorite authors over at The Romance Studio for their Cupid and Psyche Awards  It’s the first year they’ve opened it up to readers to vote for the CAPAs, so if you haven’t already, please go over and leave a vote for yours truly. You’ll find my name in the “Favorite Author” category, but also vote for Hidden Heat in the “Romantic Suspense” category. And help my cover artist out by leaving him a vote in the “Best Cover Art” category. Go here to vote. The winners will be announced Valentine’s Day so the clock is ticking…

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thumbs-downNow for the gagging … our main Canadian broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation or CBC, conducted an interview this morning of an author who has written an erotic novel. First off, she’s a producer for the CBC, so isn’t it nice how they just happened to feature her but no other erotic romance authors. During her interview, which you can listen to here, she talks about how she’s “sold out” and “jumped on the 50 Shades of Gray bandwagon” when she wrote this novel. (added: If you don’t want to listen to the interview, there’s an written interview where she mentions “selling out” here.)

You could probably hear me gagging across the continent, even if you weren’t following my Twitter stream or FB rants.

There are multiple Canadian New York Times Bestselling erotic romance authors, yet Canada’s premier radio interview someone who has such a low view of romance? Not New York Times best selling authors like Vivian Arend or Opal Carew or Sharon Page or Kayla Perrin. Authors who don’t shy away from using the “c” word and other graphic language that erotic romance READERS want. No, they interview L. Marie Adeline who admits she doesn’t like using the graphic terms that erotic romance readers *edited* expect*. Who despises the term cock. Every erotic romance reader I know cringes at bland terms, they despise that E.L. James would refer to “feeling funny down there“.  It was apparent during that interview that L. Marie Adeline doesn’t understand what the point of erotic romance is.

**Edited** I should clarify that using graphic terms isn’t the definition of erotic romance, but generally if an author is unable to use such terms it means s/he’s not comfortable writing about sex and the readers are going to be able to tell.

And to those who equate erotic romance with porn, erotic romances are not about women jumping into bed indiscriminately. It’s about taking charge of their life, empowering them.To quote Savanna Fox, one of the other participants in Northern Heat: “They’re about dealing with tough issues, re-examining values, doing the hard work of confronting issues and growing as a person, the joy of supportive friendship, and most of all, the power of love.”

Even worse, once Anna Marie Tramonti was done with the author interview, she interviewed John Barber, a journalist for the Globe and Mail, who then went on to say erotic romance authors did better if they self-published, and talked about how Harlequin was falling behind. Obviously Mr. Barber hasn’t bothered to do his research and learned about Harlequin’s Blaze line, or their digital first line, Carina Press — who published my erotic romances, Texas Tangle or Tangled Past, or my Canadian-set Christmas novella, I Need You for Christmas, and who have just contracted three more from me. Typical for the Canadian book reviewers and media who continue to espouse the belief that if you don’t write “life sucks and then you die” literary works, you’re beneath contempt and are not worthy of notice or even adequate research.

Come on, CBC, man up. If you want to talk erotic romance do us all a favor and talk about it with someone who really knows what they’re talking about. Interview Vivian Arend who writes strong female CANADIAN heroines. Talk to Opal Carew or Kayla Perrin, just to name three great and successful erotic romance authors. Authors who write real erotic romance, who celebrate empowering women and exploring women’s issues and their sexuality. Who are proud to write erotic romance and don’t consider it selling out or jumping on a bandwagon. 


3 thoughts on “Voting and Gagging

  • Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book

    THANK YOU for saying exactly what I was yelling at the radio as I followed your tweets and listened to the broadcast. I felt that the interview was completely skewed and was disrespectful to the entire genre. It’s disappointing when a quality program makes such sweeping generalizations and allows an author (who was in a position to make such a positive statement about the quality of erotic writing, especially in Canada) to make such inflammatory comments.

  • Cece

    I don’t listen to CBC or watch their news program because they remind me of a bunch of stuffed shirts. It seems like some sort of network nepotism that they interviewed their own producer about her book!
    It would be interesting to know what this CBC author’s writing is really like, is it stuffy and tunnel visioned like the interview? If you don’t want to use the “c” word don’t use it, but don’t act holier than thou because of it.

    • Leah B

      Cece, I haven’t read the book, and really my comments aren’t about the book itself but about the tone of the interview. The author did erotic romance no favors by portraying it in such a poor light. I’m disappointed in CBC by featuring one of their own employees and I can only that they will invite another equally successful erotic romance author to rebut her statement about how writing erotic romance is “selling out.”

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