One of the photographs taken in a local cemetery which I drew on for a scene in Dark and Disorderly.
I mentioned Wednesday Stacia's new book Unholy Ghosts is just released to excellent reviews.
After a controversy erupted in the comment trail following a review on Dear Author, over the fact that Stacia warned readers that the heroine is a drug addict, DA actually instituted an opinion poll to gage reader's opinions about the need/necessity of an author delivering such and similar warnings about the content of their novels.
Some readers approved of the idea; others thought authors should keep their mouths shut. Both views often articulated the same reason: reader's hard-earned money.
It all struck me as rather funny--considering that book blurbs generally go out of their way to entice readers with hints and claims that a book's content and characters are different and exciting and dangerous to one's morals.
And it all gave me furiously to think.
Thoughts both honest--and promotional.
No author wants to induce wall-banging because s/he has touched on a topic that offends a reader; and in some quarters there is thought to be a certain obligation toward readers, a responsibility known quaintly--and perhaps paternalistically-- as "a duty of care."
On the other hand, controversy does sell books.
Personally, whenever one of those standard TV announcements are made that "the following program contains scenes of violence (or as one protect-the-public speaker pronounced it, vi-lence) and coarse language..." I reach for my popcorn.
So I've been trying to assess if anything in Dark and Disorderly might qualify for any type of ominous warning.
Does contain scenes of vi-lence. But, ho-hum, any book that includes bad people--dead or alive--gunning for good people does contain rough stuff. Or it should.
I wonder a little about the mutilation scene. And there is a righteous killing...but he deserved it. Really. And Lillie doesn't go into oh, oh, anguished conscience stuff...that might disturb some people. Still, I don't think there is anything outre.
Doesn't contain scenes of explicit sex--mouth-to-mouth, body-to-body contact, yes--but not sex. No fuss can be raised there.
More apt to be a disappointed fuss because the book doesn't contain explicit sex scenes, come to think of it. Can't help that. Not logical in the circumstances. Maybe later.
I can't come up with anything in particular to justify a WARNING! banner on D&D. A good thing. I am not the sort to enjoy nasty e-mails.
How about you? Do you have reservations about possible reactions to certain elements in your work? Have you ever been castigated for what you've written?