Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Feel Dirty

Here I am, just minding my own business in Napa, California, when I find a disturbing reference to my latest publication.

In an article about....ahem....library porn.

That's right. Evidently, there is a category of pornography all about naughty librarians. According to Avi Steinberg in "Checking Out" (an article he wrote for The Paris Review), "...it comes as no surprise that the sexy librarian, a fixture of the pornographic imagination, is most at home in books. Each year, new titles are added to the librarian-porn bookshelf. This past season's crop included additions like Hot for Librarian....Lucy the Librarian--Dewey and His Decimal....The Nympho Librarian and Other Stories....A Librarian's Desire.....and soft-core selections like Sweet Magick by Penny Watson."

Oh. My. God.

First of all, Mr. Steinberg spelled my book title incorrectly (it's Sweet Magik). For cripes sake, if you're going to call me out as a pornographer, you could at least have the common courtesy to spell my book title correctly.

Second of all, Sweet Magik is not soft-core porn. It's not erotica. It's not even an erotic romance. It's fantasy romance. Just because a book has some sexy time with a librarian does NOT make it a porno.

Third, I can't believe my Christmas story just got lumped in with The Nympho Librarian

I feel dirty.

ETA: I got an extremely nice email from Mr. Steinberg saying he loved my book and is recommending it to friends. Hot dog! :^)

On a slightly more wholesome note, I got a nice shout-out at RT Reviews, in an article called "Trend Watch: Lumberjack Romance." They mentioned my Etsy collection "For Girls Who Love Lumberjacks." They listed some lumberjacky books, but none seemed quite as beard-inspired as my own WIP, Lumberjack In Love.

Well, I'm off to enjoy another day in Napa with Julia! I'll post more pics soon. :^)



Tales of Whimsy said...

Oh my!

LOVE your Etsy list. So going to favorite it.

You've made me a Lumberjack Erotica junkie ;)

I can't wait for Lumberjack in Love.

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

ANd my captcha on this is what I would say to the library porn article's author "forqu"

KT Grant said...

I felt the need to leave on comment on the dirty librarian smut article. ;P

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju. I'm hoping to get Lumberjack out this year. Self-pubbing!

Penny Watson said...

Steph....He actually sent me a very nice and apologetic email. hee heee

Penny Watson said...


Hey, if I'm gonna get some porno lovers buying my book, I sure hope they can find the correct title.

geekamicus said...

You mean I'm friends with a porn author? I feel so special. (You mean I read porn? I feel so oblivious.)

Penny Watson said...

Geek....You should feel special. It's not everyone who gets to be friends with a magical elf-y North Pole soft-core porno author. Congrats!

Heidenkind said...

I was wondering why your book was being mentioned in an article about librarian erotica, but then I thought, "Hey, maybe Penny decided to really ramp up the sexytimes in her new novel and didn't mention it."

Penny Watson said...

Ha! No, I did not ramp up the sexy time quite that much. Although there is a love scene with Oskar and Kiana rolling around on some books. :^)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You are such a lucky dirty librarian! You got a mention!

Penny Watson said...

Julia....you're right. It's good to get a mention. Even as a porno writer, I guess. I just hope the folks who buy my book thinking it's a soft core librarian porn story aren't disappointed with the rated G elf love story...hee hee!

Unknown said...

A mention is a mention..... xxx

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Tom. :^)