This question comes from a new friend:
Do your children have any idea of the subject matter of your books, and if they do, do you go out of your way to make sure they don’t read it?
Below is a photo of my office wall displaying a portion of my book covers. If you look closely, you’ll notice there are a lot of figures in lustful poses and there are a lot of birthday suits. *grin* This is what my kids see when they walk into my office.
Sometimes they ask why all the people on my covers are naked. I tell them I write sexy books about people who are in love.
Now for the second part of my answer… Do I go out of my way to keep my kids from reading my books?
Sort of. They know when I’m writing to stay out. If they come in, though, I always have a thing called CTRL + N, which flips up a nice blank, kid-friendly screen.
With that said, any of my kids could walk in and pick up one of my paperbacks on my bookshelf. But they don’t because at this point, they’re too squicked out by “man chests”. If they ask about my books, I tell as much as they need and no more. If more questions are forthcoming, I answer in simple ways.
I think that by being open with my book content the kiddos aren’t driven to find out more. It’s not a secret, not hidden or forbidden. Just as sex should NEVER be forbidden, hidden or secretive in real life. It’s part of a natural, healthy world.