Do you admit what you read and write? ~ Outside the Margins with RJ Scott

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RJ Scott OTM

I was looking through my website and at old articles I had written and one jumped up.

It was all based around a post by author Leta Blake. Entitled Am I an ally if I’m in the closet about my writing. It’s still available here – HERE.

In summary I said I was one of the lucky ones in this business we call MM writing.  I said that I have readers who come to me to tell me that they don’t let their husbands/parters/friends/family know what they read. Because those important people in their lives would judge them for it.

One paragraph sticks out to me from this article – So am I more of an ally than an author who has to keep quiet about what they write? I don’t think so. There are reasons for what we do in life. We make decisions based on the situation we are in NOW. If my daughter was little and I was embroiled in the whole school-gate gossip chains, or I lived in the Bible Belt in the US, or in a country that outlawed homosexuality, then would I be so honest? I don’t think so.

Everyone knows what I write, I don’t hide it, but then I don’t have to. Do you have to hide what you read or what you write?

Also, to my US friends, has the same sex vote made it easier for people to admit what they read and write in the US? I hope so, but I somehow doubt it. Things are slow to change, and I wonder how many generations we will have to go through for same sex love will just be part of ‘normal’ family life.

~RJ Scott


Title: Texas Wedding (Texas #7)
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Publication Date: 09/25/2015
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: M/M Romance, Western


Sometimes Riley and Jack have to be the ones to fight other people’s battles and stand up for what is right.

With the life changing prospect of a yes vote from SCOTUS on the issue of same sex marriage, Riley and Jack realise they have decisions to make. Add in some distressing family news and the very real possibility that old secrets may resurface, and this last book in the Texas series pulls together as many threads as the boys can manage to handle.

But through all the ups and the downs, children, family events, laughter, and tears, there is nothing as special as the forever love between these two men.


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About RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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7 thoughts on “Do you admit what you read and write? ~ Outside the Margins with RJ Scott

  1. I have let certain people in my life know specifically that I like to read MM books. Everyone in my life knows that I read romance books but there are only a select few that actually know the kind. I still read some MF but it is almost non-existant these days for me. My hubby knows, my mom and a girl group that I am in on FB which includes my sister-in-law. And I’m ok with that. I did grow up in the Bible Belt and most of my family still lives there. So I try not to “rock” the boat to speak since I know their views on things. I don’t agree with all of their views on the world, but i also try to keep the peace.

  2. Everyone who knows I write, knows what I write. There are others in my life who don’t know I write *at all* hence they don’t know what I write. As for what I read, I tell everyone what I read, be it mm, straight, or anything that’s not romance. Same w films I watch & music I like. I’m sick & tired of being worried what others think of me based on my taste, so I no longer care! So freeing. 🙂 xx

  3. I write m/f as Chris Power, my married name, and m/m as Chris Quinton, my maiden name. Due to certain family reactions, I kept the two separate, and CQ under wraps, until my grandsons were over 18. Now my real life non-writing friends know I write both genres, and while they might be a little wall-eyed, I haven’t lost their friendships. My grandsons are aware, and slightly squicked – not by the m/m, but the whole concept of their aged grandmother writing *Romance*! As for my daughter in law, we agree to disagree, and apart from this one issue, we are one happy family. 🙂

  4. I am a reader rather than a writer and a mom to 5 teenagers and I don’t hide what I read, I don’t hide what music I listen to so why the books? My taste is for me, not anyone else. If they don’t like it, that’s their problem not mine.

  5. Most people know that I write erotica and contemporary romance, but I don’t publicise it as much as I should, simply because I have been in that situation at the school gates with my two young children, with other parents questioning how I can write such smut and be a good mum. I don’t hide what I write, if someone has a problem with it, it’s their problem not mine. And if someone is vocally against what I write, then I ask them what they do to pay the bills, because I am self-employed and doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Not many can say that. That or I go and cry into a royalty cheque. 😉

  6. I write under a pen name because I have one child still left in school and sometimes people can be, well, i think we all know how they can be. however i am honest about what i write to those who I trust as well as to the members of my local writing group. my family and close friends know what i write. I look forward to the day when she graduates because then there is nothing holding me back from being able to be as open about what I write as i would like to be.

  7. Once upon a time, I tried to keep my personnal life and my professionnal LGBT writing self apart from each other and limit those who knew at my close immediate family.

    Good thing I come from a mostly open minded country where no one care what you do in your free time, ’cause I quickly learned I cannot keep such a big part of myself secret.

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