Only a few family members know of my sideline gig,,,,that of writing erotica. The rest only know that I do something very odd for a living -make people laugh. They still don't take me seriously as a comedian. My Aunt always asks, "Are you still doing your little shows?" I answer, "Do you mean the little shows in Las Vegas, Auntie? Yes, I am."
They're not trying to be rude. They don't understand that someone can not be famous and yet still make a living in the arts. I've tried to explain it over and over to them that my need to perform is not a stage I am going through. That I will not give it up one day for a job with benefits.
I would hate to have to also explain why I write erotica. If I did so, I would have to endure even more holiday conversations.."Leia, are you still writing your little dirty stories?" "Do you mean the tales of bisexuals and three-ways? Yes Auntie, I am. Thank you for asking, and please pass the turkey."
I like keeping my erotica somewhat private, after being so public with my other career. Telling dirty stories and weaving tales of fantasy is just something I do for me...and for you.
Here's an early Christmas present. My short story One Torrid Beginning is currently free on Amazon..