(This is the final part of an interview with paranormal erotica author Diane Taylor begun earlier. Please be aware that her writings are for ADULTS ONLY and NSFW.)
Recently there’s been a big brou-ha-ha over the “censorship” of Mark Twain’s book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” They’re replacing the “N” word with “slave.” Do you have an opinion on this?
Yeah, Leave The Book Alone!!! It’s been untouched for how many decades?? “NOW” you want to “sanitize” a piece of history just because of the wording? … I find their interference insulting with their “censorship” issues.
Do you think we’ve gone too far on the whole “PC” crusade?
Oh definitely. I seriously think the people who are doing the PC crusade need a checkup from the neck up. They want to sanitize our existence under so many “soft” words that nothing will seem too hard hitting. I remember something that George Carlin talked about in one of his CD’s … about how “Shell Shock” of WW2 suddenly progressed to “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”… [and] that if they had stuck with Shell Shock, a lot of the vets would be getting the help they need today. He went on to say a few other things, but I think I’ve made my point.
As a writer, who’s weapons are words, do you feel the need to keep Carlin’s (and others like him) memory and intent alive?
[Absolutely]. I mean, where would we be if we didn’t have the “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television” or Robin Williams talking about “Reality; what a concept.” … There are times when people like George Carlin and other comedians take shots at the system and, while they may upset people, or even if they get them to laugh, they’re still making a point.
Would you say then that writers tend to be rebels?
To be fair, some of us are and some of us aren’t. I can’t speak for ALL writers, but I tend to be one of the rebels.
What is the one thing you would like readers to know about you?
That I have an open mind to the world, and while I tend to poke fun of things in my books, I don’t claim any responsibility for my Muses’ actions after the fact.
And do you have any words of advice to aspiring writers out there?
Never ever stop writing. No matter if it’s just a snippet of a storyline, write it down. It doesn’t really make any difference where you are or what you’re doing, when inspiration hits, just write something…. [D]on’t give up on your dreams, but don’t expect to become famous overnight. Be willing to work from the bottom up. Yes, it’s hard, yes it’s going to be a pain in the butt sometimes, but remember; each time you work with an editor or publisher is a learning experience, and trust me, you never stop learning in this business.
Thanks to Diane for taking the time to give us some of her insights.
Below are some websites to connect with Diane or see more of her writing. Please be aware, these may contain ADULT CONTENT (18 or older) and are NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK.
Website: Paranormal Realm of Diane Taylor
Blog: The Muse Moment
Publisher: Shadowfire Press