I don’t mean only the taboos our publishers mention—the icky and very politically questionable topics that make me cringe whenever they cross my kinky mind—but also those we shy away from for fear of angering some of our readers.
Michele Obama can decry obesity all she wants, and nobody cares except the kids in school who don’t much care for healthy foods in the cafeteria—at least not much. The subject, though, is not one you often see in erotic romances, at least not from the angle that the First Lady attacks it—as a health issue rather than one of aesthetics, sexual attractiveness and so on.
The big, beautiful Domme I had sketched out in my mind for hot, submissive linebacker, Matt Rubin, in PRIME DEFENDER, took on a different shape in my mind when my daughter’s high school friend died this spring from complications of morbid obesity. After that, I couldn’t not give Keisha a similar problem—but with a happy ending.
I’m sure there will be some readers who’ll be offended that Keisha went from being a really big beautiful woman to one who’s still big by most standards, but healthy with a bright future dominating her hot, submissive husband and lover. I don’t care. If one reader realizes the stress that being overweight can place on a human body and uses that knowledge to help herself or a loved one, it will be worth it.
PRIME DEFENDER is scheduled for release September 2 at Ellora’s Cave. I’m hoping most readers will enjoy the “different” take on “rubenesque” along with the steamy, BDSM love story.