Friday, July 22, 2011

The Lesser of Two Evils

I write erotic romance. It's fun and it's a good way to make a living. Of course, I don't always come out and specifically say it's erotic romance to people who ask. Honestly, it depends on how well I know them. My friends are, of course, supportive. My family varies between supportive and slightly bewildered or downright horrified.

Recently, at my brother Andrew's wedding, I had a fantastic conversation with my cousin Sarah and my brother Tim that perfectly illustrates that there are always worse things that I could be doing and that apparently writing erotic romance is the lesser of two evils.

Sarah: I need to tell you something before you hear it from someone else.

Me: Holy shit - you're not pregnant again, are you???

Sarah: God, no!

Me: Whew. Okaaaay, what's up then?

Sarah: How do you feel about adult entertainment?

Me: What do you mean?

Sarah: Well, Jason (her younger brother) and I decided to open up a strip club next to the casino that just went in.

Me: (trying to close my mouth)

Sarah: Mom won't talk to us at all. We told her we're going to give ten percent to St. Mary's. She said, "Just don't let Father where it came from!" But I told her he'd probably figure it out since it would be covered in glitter.

Tim: (pats me on the shoulder) Hey! Check you out - you're not the biggest sinner in the family anymore!

Sarah: Yeah, I tried to think of a way we could market your books, but there aren't any pictures, and well, nobody in this county knows how to read.

I like to think these conversations take place in other peoples' families. But Chris informed me that she's pretty sure that they don't.

Can't wait to see what happens at the next family gathering


Cheryl said...

Cover model research.

chocoaddict said...

Your family provides enough fodder for you to break into comedy! How fun.