Today she tackles a very close, personal question with grace and vigor.
Thanks so much to Attention is Arbitrary for hosting me on the tour for Running Wild: Havoc Book 1. This is the start of a brand new series, with different heroes for each book and HEAs at the end of each book. Sean Rush and Ryker stole my heart a long time ago, and I’m excited for you guys to meet all of them.
For help in coming up with blog posts, I asked for help from my Facebook Group—SE’s Dirty Deeds. Here’s one of their questions:
How do your family and friends feel about the genre you write in?
It’s a great question and one I get a little ranty about—and I realize I’m preaching to the choir as well! Okay, so…here’s the thing with a good portion of my extended family (and some RL friends) —none of them are big readers and / or supporters. I mean, yes, occasionally they’ll buy my books but they’re more of the, “I’m so proud of you—I want you to give me an autographed set of your books,” types. To which my husband always says, “Go buy them and we’ll talk.”
So I mean, it’s disappointing in general, but it’s honestly for most of them not a genre thing at all. I’ve written romance for years and some m/m romance as well before I started writing as SE Jakes. I have a cousin who loves to tell people I’m a New York Times bestselling author. I think it’s like, I’m a fun accessory for my family to throw out there (“my cousin’s a writer!”) and you know what, that’s cool.
But some of them can be judgmental, which isn’t so cool.
For instance, one of my cousins (she was twenty-five, newly married at the time and going on vacation with her husband) wanted to read my first Sydney Croft book. I told her it was very erotic and she was like, “That’s fine.” Later, I heard that she told my other cousins that she was ashamed to be related to me and that “OMG, there was sex in the book!” Another friend thinks real books are only “in hardback.” I get a lot of people I know who refer to my books as trashy romance novels. And you know what? I shrug at this point and walk away. Because I wouldn’t attack their jobs, so I’m not sure why mine’s open for discussion. But I don’t argue with people who are pretty obviously misinformed or jealous or not open-minded. And my circle of friends has gotten smaller because of that…and I’m very cool with that.
After I ‘came out’ as SE Jakes, my mom called to congratulate me and tell me that she thought it was wonderful (she won’t read any of my books, at my request for the most part, but she and Dad are proud)…and honestly, I don’t know what any family members or friends who don’t already know will say. And maybe because I feel like, the older I get, the less I care about what other people say (honestly, it’s the best thing about getting older, because you really do stop giving a fuck) and more about making me proud of me, and making sure my husband and kids are proud of me. And they are. So I’m good. And I know where to find my cohorts in romance—you’re all right here.
I feel like, if you’ve got to make someone feel badly about their reading choices, then you’ve got the problem. So rock on with whatever you’re reading or writing—and don’t be afraid to share it. Because romance novels are about two of the best things in life—sex and love, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
RUNNING WILD: Havoc Book 1
Embrace the danger.
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.
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FYI, I’m also writing a m/f MC series under the Steph Tyler name—the first book of that series, Vipers Run is out now as well. And there’s a very light crossover in that you’ll see names of MCs that are main characters in my Vipers series—namely Vipers MC, along with the Heathens. Havoc’s friendly with Vipers, not so much with Heathens (they seem to be everyone’s enemy at the moment).
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…
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SE Jakes is the pen-name of New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler (and half of Sydney Croft) — please go to my media kit to learn more!