It seems in the week and half since Patriotic Duty has been free, it has been downloaded over 20,000 times (thank you!!!!) and I’ve received quite a few positive, and almost tear-jerking reviews on the book. The book is somewhat personal to me, and I read every review and I am so utterly and completely grateful to those who left one. THANK YOU.
You know what else I’ve received in the span of a week? Being called a racist, and that I disrespect the military.
Let me tell you something. If you want to say the book was dumb (or any of my books), they are poorly written, they are boring, or that you would rather watch paint dry than read my books – that’s cool. You’re entitled to your opinion, and I will take your review (which hopefully has some constructive criticism in it) with a grain of salt and a nod of my head. I don’t expect everyone to like what I write. I’m a realist. What I refuse to sit back and quietly ignore is being called racist and that I don’t respect military. You can easily check my Facebook page and see that I frickin’ love our military. Like, seriously love them so hard! My husband is a Gulf War vet, my uncle is a Vietnam vet, and both of my grandfathers are WWII vets. One received a Purple Heart for his valiance on the shores of Normandy. I miss him everyday!
Let me address the racial comment first. A reviewer said I was a “racist author” for using a
“racist term.” After some digging, I figured out this person thought Cara’s comment about Miranda having an “LA face and an Oakland bootie” was racist. It’s sad to say, but I think I may have dated myself here by referring to the old Sir Mix-a-Lot song, “Baby Got Back” where he refers to his woman of choice as having, in fact, an “LA face and an Oakland bootie.” Last time I checked, Sir Mix-a-Lot is African American.
But, I digress. I revised the book’s content so people who *clearly* aren’t as old as me can know Cara was referring to an old rap song AS A JOKE when she made the comment about Miranda and her very impressive physical attributes.
There’s also a comment about Miranda staying out of bars that aren’t “Country bars” because of thugs. I can tell you with 1000% clarity that not all “thugs” are of color. I work in a prison and let’s just say, thugs are very diverse – so if that’s the comment you think is racist, well, that’s just not accurate. Like, at all.
But, enough about that.
So, now I’m going to show you a screen shot of two Tweets I received on Twitter:
I removed the poster’s name because I truly believe she misunderstood the line in the book made by Miranda. Here’s the paragraph she’s referring to:
“I had to fill out this tax form the other day and it made me laugh. It asked if I had any military service and if so, to checkmark which branch. Girl, I could have check-marked Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines – hell, even the Coast Guard. I’ve done my patriotic duty. I’ve been of service, all right!”
Let’s start out by clearing something up: When a character says something, that doesn’t mean it reflects the feelings of the author. When an author writes a story about a person who is, in fact, a racist, or who hates military men – that doesn’t mean the author does. It means the character was written that way to, well, build his or her character.
The Tweeter clearly thought I was referring to the Coast Guard and those who serve in that branch as an ‘afterthought’ or ‘secondary’ when added to the list of military branches. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. I respect the Coast Guard as much as I respect the other branches. I’m just preferable to Army because that is the branch my hubby served in (GO ARMY!)… but there’s plenty of respectable (and, eh hem) very hot men in all branches, especially the Coast Guard.
Hey, Tweeter – please thank your boyfriend for his service, and do your patriotic duty and serve him well! 😉
I don’t think there’s anything else to say on the topic. After being called a ‘racist’ and saying that I don’t respect military in the span of a week, I don’t think there could be anything worse said to me at this point. All I’m gonna say is – please do me a favor and finish the book. I PROMISE you will forget all about the little quirks in the book that bugged you, because you’ll be too busy sighing happily.