Last week the earth shattering news hit that high school teacher Judy Buranich writes erotica as Judy Mays. Horrors!! An English teacher who writes. It’s almost embarrassing to read the news accounts of the outing. A parent came forward because she felt erotica “is unethical, totally unacceptable. Period. It just sort of sickens and saddens me to know everybody’s sort of looking at this like, hey, this is OK.” I hate to break it to you parent, but erotic is ok. It’s not illegal. Lots of people obviously like it because there’s definitely a market for it. We even do book blurbs on them here. So I contacted author Judy Mays and asked for her side of the story.
As some, maybe many of you know, I was recently “outed” in the school district where I teach by some disgruntled mothers who felt the content of my books made me unacceptable as a teacher. They contacted one of the local news stations to which they revealed my identity as a writer of erotic romance. It seemed to create quite a hullabaloo. The television station did try to contact me. I got an email at school somwhere around two or two-thirty in the afternoon. It was very short outlining what the parents had reported to them and would I please contact them to give them my side of the story. That was not something I was willing to do on the spur of the moment; and, before I could turn around, I was on the five o’clock news and then every half hour for the rest of the night.
How did I feel? I was shocked that it could happen so fast. Then, I saw my book covers on a broadcast that would be seen by thousands of people, and the first thing that popped into my head was that I could not afford publicity like this. No, I wasn’t upset. I’ve been teaching thirty-three years and am, frankly, too old to get upset because I hadn’t done anything illegal. I’ve been published for nine years, and never once did I bring my writing up in class. I never talked about it.
However, the entire fiasco backfired on the parents who complained. The support I have received from around the world has been unbelievable. Two complete strangers started a support page for me; and, the last time I checked, it had over 9000 “like” hits. However, it’s been the support from my current students, many, many former students, and their parents that has humbled me and warmed my heart. I was always pretty sure I was respected, but the outpouring of support from “my kids” has brought tears to my eyes more than once. They have rocked my world.
Also, the support of the romance community, both authors and readers, has been overwhelming. So, I want to thank everyone who has joined me on this wild ride from the bottom of my heart. You are all truly wonderful people.
And, not to worry. I am not going to lose my teaching job over this.
Oh, my books sales will probably go up too. <g>
Again, thank you all very, very much.
Thank you, Judy, for being so level headed at the outrageous behavior of a few uneducated parents. And how delightful was it to see a former student post a video to YouTube praises Judy Buranich as a teacher and defending her rights to also be an author. It’s very clever and a real tribute to someone who has been teaching for over 25 years. You can watch it below.
Bottom Line: Yes, today is Cinco de Mayo…but most importantly it is my son’s birthday. Happy Birthday Keith!!