Stephanie Beck has a special guest-blog for us today!
I had the thrill of doing a book signing in my hometown last fall. As part of the event, a local newspaper reporter called and asked for an interview. Being in the small town paper is a big hairy deal in our family. The article will be cut out and saved for years and years—no matter how small the contribution to the paper (I won a bike from the local grocery store when I was 6 and Mom still has the clipping).
During the interview we discussed my website and inspiration and business profile—all really thoughtful questions I enjoyed. Toward the end he asked me about my readers and I had to laugh because he asked so cautiously.
Who did he think reads romance novels? Dirty people in back alleys? Did he envision women with ereaders ducking for cover and reading in the corner with the lights off?
I told him who I was in my everyday life: a mother, wife, baker, knitter, Sunday school teacher, dog walker, kid chaser, friend, daughter, sister, bad ass Mario Bros player.
That’s who my readers are. Sure, they don’t all like the same things I do and don’t believe as I do. However, for the most part my readers are women (with some awesome and very author-appreciated guys tossed in there as well) who want a harmless, inexpensive escape from real life. The reporter laughed when I mentioned his mother had probably even read one or two, and he agreed.
Who reads romance and erotica? Cool chicks (and fellers). Oh sure you’ve got your standard creepers and a-holes, but what genre doesn’t? I’d bet the horror genre has some real weirdo readers in their midst.
If we’re going to lump readers together, let’s make sure romance gets the correct label.
Awesome. And glittery. And freaking fantastic.
Yep, that covers it.
All the best,
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