Well, damn. I thought that, too.
Lately I've been hearing about romance authors being shamed for--well, writing romance. I've always thought this was a particularly ridiculous thing to be against. Do you know how many romances have spurned on the start of lifelong book affairs? Think about it. Really. I mean, can you think of what would get a younger reader more interested in reading than a love story? I know I sure as hell can't think of one.
Before I fell in love with other genres, in that awkward period between reading young children's books and the "classic literature" that gets shoved down your throat in school, I found myself completely enamored with a dirty romance.
The couple were stuck on some island, and they were caught between using the condoms for water or nookie. Those characters didn't drink much. :)
So why on earth should there be any shaming. Yes, I write dirty. No, I don't practice any scenes. And, yes, I am still a writer. Even if my books were just one dirty scene after another (which they kind of are) I'd still be a writer.
I write love stories and I write dirty. And I don't think any writer who has the privilege to do so should ever be shamed for it.
If you don't respect the genre, then please, still be a creature of class and don't insult a person you know little to nothing about. Even if you don't like the books--they're not for you. That's fine. You're entitled to your opinion. Write a review. Tell the author it wasn't to your taste. But never tell an author they're not a "real writer."
Be kind and courteous. Kindergartners are taught it. I think we adults can manage the same.
Madam La Zuray
Hello, darlings, I'm Madam La Zuray, author of dirty books you can't help but fall in love with. I bring the hot and the dirty and everything in between, all in a read you can swallow on your lunch hour. No sense in messing around with perfection.