This is about the extent of the promotion I have done for Jude's Whore, my latest Excessica publication. It's an erotic novel that contains a scene where the main character has sex with Jesus. Oh, the taboo! (I've been calling it Jesex.) I know. People have no trouble with all sorts of kink and creeper, but draw the line at their savior doing the deed.
I love Jesus. He loves me. IMO, he's fine with it. I don't mean to be offensive. The entire story came to me in a swoosh. A dream or whatever. It started with that scene but Jude's Whore became something else entirely - a love story between two people, a man and a woman and one of them is not Jesus.
I never thought of myself as a self-published author since I publish with Excessica but I realize now that my situation is so vastly different than that of a writer with a traditional publishing house. I feel a hell of a lot more free to express myself - like a true artist, the artist that I am.
I didn't set out to cause controversy at all. I came up with a plot that I considered to be original. I didn't confine myself to a particular fetish. This one has mild bondage, some mind control, erotic romance and time travel. It has a rape scene too. I almost forgot about that.
I also did not set out to write super-duper graphic depictions of sex. It just happens. Thank God I have no one to seriously reign me in. This wouldn't be any fun if I had to conform to 10,000 suggestions by critics, rules and what have you. I'm free to explore sexuality and learn things about myself that I would have never explored and learned had I remained in my stifled world of color and light, happiness and smiles.
I guess the thing I have learned is that I love living in an adults only world. Of the billions of people out there, I'm sure there must be one or two kindred spirits that will get me. And that's what's so great about self-publishing. The novelists who are outside the regular system are the ones thinking outside the box...I mean outside the Kindle, Nook, or paperback box, that is.