Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Barbiefication

Just remembered something funny.

Whenever I meet new people and get introduced as an "author" (curiously, I never tell new people this when I'm alone. I tell them I'm a cashier at a car dealership. It's the others that *out me*) whomever I'm meeting assumes I write Children's Books.

Have any of you out there run into this?

It makes me wonder. Do I look like a Children's Book Author? Is it because of my age? My gender? Do I have an air of purity that precludes the kind of thing I really write?

It makes me feel so Barbie.

After all, even though Mattel has done a pregnant Barbie, in general, her professions are innocent and have something to do with kids or healthcare. You never see "Enron Barbie" or "Urologist Barbie with Turn-Your-Head-and-Cough-Ken" or, Allah forbid, "Suicide Bomber Barbie". Yet, maybe you should.

But that's a whole nother post.

So, when I tell them what I really write, they're a little surprised. But I have to say I've only gotten positive vibes so far.

What about you?

7 Comments:

Blogger Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

First of all, Ann, sorry for being absent from your wonderful blog for awhile. As you already know, I have all the results from my pseudonym blog and character name blog compiled and posted and you’re profiled there along with the other participants. It’s a long post but fun, and from the e-mails I’ve received, readers are enjoying it. I’ll have to do more of this sort of thing in the future. The only downside is that it took me forever to do and now I’m way behind on my blog commenting (not to mention my writing).

As for telling people what I write, I usually don’t mention it. I’ve learned that all I have to do is mention the word romance to get a wide variety of reactions. Men inevitably give me the eyebrow-jiggling snickers, elbow nudge to the ribs and smart-ass cracks. If I know them, they always ask if I’ve patterned my heroes after them. Hah! Yeah, right. LOL

The Oprah’s-picks type of women raise one eyebrow as a hand flutters at their throat and they say, “Oh, I see,” and change the subject. With that simple gesture I have been dismissed and relegated to the lower literary realms, a/k/a Not-A-Real-Writer. :-0

And none of the above even have any inkling that I write erotic romance! Can you just imagine? :-D

Those who know (just a handful of people) usually think it’s pretty cool and are flat-out shocked that I’m doing something like that.

For the most part, I keep what I do as my delicious little secret. I’ve decided that I’ll wait until I’m on the cover of Time and just let people find out that way. LOL

January 25, 2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Hiya Daisy! I know others who keep their writing a secret. I don't know how ya'll do it! It's not that I'm a total blabbermouth, but I do get a charge when people realize I'm an author.

OTOH, I've had a few secretly delicious moments when I enjoy being alone in that knowledge. I particularly like to browse in bookstores, hugging my little secret close. Especially in the EC section. *gg*

I have yet to run into the kind of snobbery you have, though! People tease me alot--one of my co-workers calls me "Smutty-smut-smut"--but it's all in good fun.

Guess my day will come, though.

January 26, 2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

Back in college, I momentarily dated this utter fuckwit possessed of bizarre political aspirations. When I said I wanted to write romance novels, he gave me this little half smile, and said, "What about being a children's book author?" (Read: "That's a good profession for a First Lady.")

Yeah, that relationship didn't last long.

January 26, 2006 9:09 AM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Ewww ewww and more ewww! I'm surprised you didn't get a pat on the hair and a forehead kiss as punctuation.

Do you know what he's doing now? He's the kinda ex it'd be great to send a copy of your book to and rub his snotty little nose in it.

Blecccch.

January 27, 2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

I guess I'm a walking stereotype. People often ask me if I'm a teacher (I am). How can they tell, I often wonder? If I happen to mention that I also write books, they get this perplexed look on their face and respond, "You do?"

January 27, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

Actually, there might have been a pat on the head.

I don't know if this book would be the example to send, though. Not sexy enough. And not romance. Would have to come out withs ome erotic romance. Or I could just send him my Blaze cover!

January 27, 2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Josie, your comment made me LOL. I can just imagine their faces. As if the two jobs are mutually exclusive!

Diana, YES the Blaze cover! Now that's sweet. Not only are you a model you're a coughporncough model.

January 27, 2006 2:46 PM  

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