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My decision not to…


A lot of you will not remember, but there was a time when there was no cursing, on TV, radio, or in print. It was considered bad manners, and rude especially, in front of women and children. “Hell” was said, but only by preachers or in that reference. Instead of sex scenes in movies or TV, they danced. There was a big to-do when “I love Lucy” showed Ricky and Lucy in bed together. Even though both were wearing long pajamas. Anyway, the point I’m making is, now the opposite is the norm.

When I began writing I decided not to have profanity, or sex scenes in my books. No, I’m not a prude. I just looked back at all the programs that I really enjoyed growing up. There was none of that in them, some say that was a simpler, easier time. I doubt it, it was just the way Hollywood depicted it. Listening to the “old folks” it was anything but a simpler or easier time. What changed? Money. Sex sells. Then, more sex, sold more. Its all about the money, but isn’t everything… In life and in stories, follow the money.

The point being, does any of that really add to the story? If told right, I don’t think so. If I must depend on cursing, or sex (I don’t write erotica) to carry my story, I need a rewrite. I’m not throwing rocks, I’m talking about me, and what works for me. I understand now there is a sub-genre called “cozy, or cozies” where cursing, sex and violence scenes are downplayed. Spoiler alert: my books do have violence (not extreme) in them, sorry (no one’s perfect).

So, if you’ve a mind, take a trip with me back to yesteryear where the opening line of the story doesn’t make your ears bleed… Well, until the thunderclap of over-pressure hits from the Mage teleporting into the room and he starts slitting throats… Sorry, that kinda slipped out…

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hud russo
hud russo
Jul 27, 2021

Leaving out that content doesn't hurt the story and on a huge plus allows my young son to read dad's book. Not sure why it is the thing that so many story's have to have tragic sex in them. I have no issue with porn or harems etc. But my kids are 13 and 14. Desperate to read my books and a majority of the litrpg or word and sorcery books seem to be bdsm literotica themed and I just don't feel comfortable opening that to kids. Hate that I am 1984 ing books though. Not sure the answer but as always can't wait for your next book.

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carolburnett48
Jul 27, 2021

C Burnett

July 27, 2021

I really enjoyed the Duty books. I know that you stated that you were having a difficult time writing the 3rd book but I have been anticipating the release of that last book. Please don't leave us hanging too long.

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hud russo
hud russo
Sep 03, 2020

I love the Mage based stories you right. My son is constantly asking me to read my books. Yours I can. If I want to read sex stories there are tons of them out there. I just don't see what reading about two kids having sex in detail would add to the story. P!us this way I can share these stories with my kids. I know not a thing to a lot of people. Also I am retired Army and I have seen enough of the explicitly sexual stuff I find it a distraction. Thank you for writing stories that are not porn.

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kgordonbercich
Aug 30, 2020

Respect! I’m new to your work. I just finished Wizard Alley. I loved to book and didn’t miss any sex scenes. I hope you have a sequel coming! Keep up the good work!

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Ly Lew
Ly Lew
May 27, 2020

Good for you, James! There are more than enough "purple passion, heaving bosom" scenes in movies, tv, and books. Some of the best entertainment that I have enjoyed as had either no sex scenes or profanity (Hunt for Red Octorber) or very mild (Deep Horizon).


Congrats on your best seller listing on Amazon! Way to go!

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