Once again I’ve heard from a reader. As always, I hold my breath to see whether she has a question, comment, or complaint.
I started reading “Ransom River” and it already is very exciting.
Very exciting sounds positive.
I really want to read the whole thing to see how it ends.
This message is putting a smile on my face.
However, I cannot because you use “Jesus Christ” as curses.
Being a devout Christian who loves action and mystery stories, puts me at odds with many authors who think they have to use God, or Jesus Christ for their curse words. I am so very sorry but I cannot read any more of your books.
Okay, then. I told her to have a good weekend.
This is hardly the first time a reader has complained that characters in my novels speak profanely. I’ve heard, “Nobody needs to talk that way.” And, “You were such a good Catholic girl. What happened?”
Listen, I try not to cuss directly in people’s faces. But when I write about a sailor in a bar fight, he’s going to talk like a sailor in a bar fight. And when a character is running for his life, I cut him some slack. Also: If I still wrote like a twelve-year-old Catholic schoolgirl, something would be very wrong with me.
But I admit I’m surprised that a reader has declared herself aligned against me on religious grounds because my characters say, “My God.” And if she blacklists every author who writes those words, she’s going to have trouble finishing many mysteries and thrillers. Much less most of modern American and British literature.
I’m also bemused that she rejected the book because it has cops and crooks and hostages cursing, but the shotgun murders in the novel don’t rate a mention.
C’est la vie.