When I heard that an English teacher in my home state (Pennsylvania) was being bashed for *gasp* writing NOVELS on the side, it nearly gave me a stroke. As it turns out, the main freak out had to do with the fact that she writes romance novels, because, God forbid that any teacher should even think about romance/sex, let alone write about it in books! If you ask me, all public school instructors should be banned from any talk of sexual matters in their private lives. In fact, I propose that they not be allowed to even have sex... ever again. We don't want to risk that some remnant vibes might accidentally spin off and impregnate someone. Teen pregancy is serious business, after all.
Anyway, as a a fellow author (and a former Pennsylvanian, for that matter), I am more than offended on Judy Buranich's behalf. In fact, I plan to buy anything she's ever written and ever writes. The country seems to be quite aware of her work, now, thanks to those folks who felt the need to make a cruel example of a good woman (and published author -- good for you, Judy!).
How disturbing that people would try and stop an obviously beloved teacher from doing what she does best. If her class was entitled "The Art of Sexin' 101", I might be a little worried. But she's an English teacher, damn it! And let me tell you something else, it takes both courage and ability to get to the publication point, and if she managed that, she must be one good educator! So why would anyone try and put her down?
I've seen the comments of support raging around the writing and publishing world. I've also seen the support from the readers and Judy's former students, and if anyone back in Pennsylvania planned on sabataging this women's living, it's backfired. She'll be more popular than ever now, because karma never fails.
I hope she stands tall and proud. She writes erotic novels? Good for her! So many author friends of mine do the same and they are fabulous at what they do. In fact, some day maybe I'll just write one myself... screw a pen name... and I'll dedicate the book to Judy Buranich.
Lady, if you're out there, I've got your back.