Thursday, April 28, 2011

Erotic Romance Author Judy Mays "Outed" at School Where She Has Taught for 25 Years

Have you heard the news that Ellora's Cave and Changeling Press author Judy Mays is being vilified for being an erotic romance author? Read the full story here.

I have yet to read a book by Ms. Mays, but am thinking of buying one of her works just to show my support to the narrow-minded people in her school district her want to ruin the reputation of a woman who has been a dedicated high-school teacher for 25 years. What does what someone does in her spare time (and under a pen name) have to do with one's day job? It wasn't like she was engaged in something illegal; she was a published author, for heaven's sake, a credential I would think would make her more attractive as an English teacher.

The entire reader community is now rallying behind her. It seems as if the very genre that generates so much money to the publishing business over any other genre continues to get disrespected. Shame on all involved in this debacle. Ignorance is the real sin here.

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  1. Well said, Rick! I already commented on FaceBook, don't people have anything better to do? They're saying 25 years of service is now unimportant? I'm also going to put ms. May's works on my TBR list.

  2. You know...we use pen names not because we are ashamed of what we write, but because we prefer to avoid narrow-minded people who have nothing better to do than as you say, Rick, vilify a 25-year veteran teacher.

    In this particular case, I keep wondering why these oh-so-concerned parents went straight to a TV station with their information rather than to the school's principal if they felt they had a legitimate complaint. That's really the way to go--or should have been.

    It seems they wanted to sensationalize this. I mean downright destroy. If any reporter out there is listening, real reporter that is, I'd hope he/she would investigate these parents and see just what kind of axe it is they have to grind.

  3. Good point, Tess. I think the negative sensational publicity that's going to come out of this, though, will ultimately be against the ignorant parents.

  4. Hey Rick, for some reason the link to that article is gone. Could it be the water got too hot for someone? I hope so. Thanks for showing support for Judy.