I could probably come up with about ten different blogs on this topic without even blinking - a lot falls under family relationships (depending on how much dirty laundry I'm willing to air!). But I'm going to go with a topic that I imagine, haunts all of us to a certain extent - sex (did I get your attention?). Yup, I am a romance author, which means my books have sex. Explicit sex. Well written, sweaty, no holds barred sex. Both because the story demands it, and because it is almost compulsory in romances these days. The promise of a few great make out scenes and one full scale bedroom romp is a great way to sell to total strangers, but with my debut novel coming out in December, I am struck with the realization my family will read it. My father will read it. Gulp.
And I don't want him to just turn the page and skip it, because I labored really hard to make it good (truly ladies, is there anything harder to write than a well crafted sex scene?).....but can I look him in the face once he has read it? A paradox, I know. He grew up in the 60s, but lived as opposite a life as possible from free love/drugs/rock 'n roll. Strangely, I don't mind the thought my co-workers, friends, and even in-laws reading it. But I can't quite wrap my mind around how awkward Christmas dinner might be at our house this year, once my father finishes my book. So I turn to you for help. I'm sure everyone has encountered this. What did you do - how do you deal with it? I'm grateful for any and all suggestions.