Truth. Excerpt? Yes.
AN: Let’s get back to our writing, which is an embarrassment to our own parents. How do you cope?
LH: It’s really hard, actually! I want so badly for them to be proud. When Daddy’s
came out my mom called me to say she was very worried about me. My dad
makes sure to tell everyone, even strangers, that I’m a writer but that
they shouldn’t read my stuff, and I know he doesn’t mean to, but it
hurts me deeply! I get it; it’s hard to read anything a family member
writes, much less story after story dealing with sex, loneliness, bodily
fluids. And you don’t want people thinking you were a terrible parent
and that’s why your daughter writes what she writes. Happily, my mom
read DON’T KISS ME and was able to see the forest for the
trees. Many times she’s called to tell me how she finally gets it: I’m a
writer, this is fiction. Aside from that I cope by never really
bringing up my writing life with family members. They don’t ask, and I
How have your parents reacted? Are they aware of the buzz around Tampa?
AN: Similarly, the poor dears! They are very
conservative. Like my father will leave the room if a bra commercial
comes on television. I’m trying to keep them as sheltered from Tampa as
possible. My mother didn’t know the title until she asked me last week.
Luckily they’re not that tech savvy. I live in fear that they’ll one day
decide to Google my name, but it hasn’t happened yet.