Perhaps as an up and coming author it’s really not a good idea to potentially alienate a section of your audience by strongly expressing your beliefs about something that is potentially an issue a section of your market segment might feel strongly about.
On the other hand, some things are more important than sales and popularity. There’s a time and a place where you have to be willing to stand up and be counted, even if you stand alone. Having been a receiver (I will never use victim, no one will ever make a victim of me) of some really quite voracious, sustained and at times dangerous bullying because of my sexuality I must admit I feel almost compelled now to make it quite clear in my writing that sexuality is not, nor ever should be seen as a choice or anything but one aspect of a person.
I understand that this may alienate some religious and shall we say ‘Conservative’ readers, but frankly my dears I don’t give a damn. It’s never overtly preached, but I do find my own strong personal beliefs about equality leeching into my characters and my writing. Love is love, it should be embraced, celebrated and enjoyed when it is between consenting parties.
Do you find that aspects of your own morality are influential when reading or writing your own work? Do you even find it possible to read a book where the character holds a view you strongly oppose?
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Happy Oestara / Easter everyone