Believe it or not, there are bullies even in the writer communities. These bullies like to pick on writers that are indies or write outside the expected norms. I’ve been a victim, but no more.
I refuse to be ashamed of being an indie. It was a choice I got to make and I love it! My only bosses are those that give me money to read my books. I write and publish what I want to write and publish. I do not require some editor-in-chief looking over my novels and telling me what needs to be changed. If it sucks, my readers let me know.
Not everyone gets to make that choice, some have to be indies. I know several who are just as good as any NYTimes best seller. As a matter of fact, there are a few that I will buy over NYTimes best selling authors that I love because I love the indie better. Two authors I know are working on getting their first novels out. I’ve read them already. I liked them. I can’t wait for the world to read them.
I do not write romance. I can’t be pigeon-holed into that group of women who want to write in one specific genre but end up with love stories and mating for life backgrounds because that sells books (and trust me, it does sell books). I do not want to write romance. Once upon a time, a contract I was offered required that Aislinn Cain have love interests. I didn’t read any further, it was not going to happen. I sent them a thank you note and returned their unsigned contract.
There are other books with kissing and heavy panting. I prefer mine with a little blood and gore. And if there is any heavy panting, it’s because Aislinn has given chase to some schmuck who has bitten off more than he can chew.
I will not apologize for either of these things. They are my choices and I am happy with my choices. Obviously, enough readers are happy with my choices that I can do this for a living.