Thursday, April 28, 2011

Support Judy Mays! Support Your Local Authors!

I know there's a lot of talk online about this story, and I don't want to give those who have maligned Ms. May any more press, so here's a link to my publisher's blog that gives a few more pertinent details:

I hope most readers realize why writers often use pen names in the first place. No one wants to suffer this kind of grief over his/her art. For some reason, readers will buy (hopefully not pirate) and read our erotic-romances, but if they find out we're teachers in our day jobs... All of sudden we're suspect human beings.

I'd be more afraid of my kid's English teacher writing "true crime" or murder mysteries. Do you think these types of writers go around killing folks to gain "experience" to write their stories? If you find that idea ridiculous, then why should romance authors be accused of being "dangerous perverts"? Aren't we exercising our imaginations like mystery writers do? ;)

Please support Ms. May and all your favorite and local authors. Stand up for our "write" (right) to create stories the way we see fit. Stand up for the First Amendment's freedom of speech and expression. Together we can make the world a better place.


Zo said...

I followed the links and registered to leave a comment on the TV station's site. However, since I'm in a different time zone, I doubt they'll approve me. I did find it interesting that the quote from the principal in the newstory misspelled "personnel". Maybe their staff needs a refresher course in English. I'm wondering how many teachers at the school have actual practical experience in the area they're teaching. At least we know which village isn't missing its' idiot.

C. said...

Well said, Zo! (And I need to edit my own blog, but I was in a hurry and very angry.) ;)

What really infuriates me is this "she must choose between being a teacher or a writer." It's like forcing a person to chose between giving up breathing or eating. Either way, you die. Slowly or quickly, you'll die... Who would wish that upon any creative being?

Freedom of expression is a first amendment right!

A J said...

I think it's a combination of a slow news day, and the local school board wanting to be rid of older, experienced (read: expensive) teachers. If they do fire Judy for this, they risk serious damage in court when she sues them for violating her rights under the First.

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