Every time I get ready to write a blog post, I have to really sit and think about it… Primarily because I have to mind what I say and voicing my opinion. For instance, I received several nasty notes about my using Planned Parenthood for birth control services before I had insurance. It didn’t matter whether I was Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, Planned Parenthood offered the only affordable birth control services for me and I have a medical condition that requires it and yet, I was made to feel like I was evil for using them.
Anytime I voice an opinion about politics or current affairs, I know I run the risk of losing readers. This is exceptionally difficult for me because I have a history degree and therefore have a natural interest in both.
What most people don’t know is that I endure reviews and messages telling me that I’m sick and perverted and how disgraceful it is that I condone/support/promote violence against women by writing the D&R novels. I can’t change the fact that women are the most common targets of violence by both strangers and people they know… It would be very unrealistic to have 13 books where all the victims were male.
Not to mention the time I gave my opinion of Fifty Shades of Grey and I got messages asking me why I was pretending to be a woman. So because I didn’t like a book that promoted an unhealthy relationship with a millionaire, I must be a man… How strange. And other messages calling me a freak because I stated I didn’t enjoy the book because in the real BDSM world, Christian Grey would be a predator and I shouldn’t know that much about the lifestyle.
I’ve even turned in a Facebook user for issuing a death threat towards me, surprisingly not over the D&R novels, but over my fantasy series: The Brenna Strachan series. They told me they were going to speed up my habitation of Hell since I was obviously a heathen that deserved to be burned for writing such wickedness and having Lucifer be a practicing member at a Catholic Church.
So, I blog about my dogs, my health, occasionally my books (it’s hard to do that all the time), and things I would do differently if I was just starting out as an indie author because everything else seems to be taboo. And losing a reader affects how much money I make… which affects whether I need to find a part time job to go with my writing or not.
Then every so often, I go through my 800 draft blog posts to see what I can safely finish writing and publish without causing people to raise their pitchforks at me and I quell my own irritation over the fact that I feel like my voice is often stifled because my blog is connected to my writing career. Like many public figures” I can’t afford true Freedom of Speech…