Note: This is one of those personal posts. I’m touching on religion and my own belief system, so if that kind of thing bugs you, feel free to skip it.
So FYI, I am a Christian, but you may have noticed that I don’t drink the usual Kool-aid. I believe in human rights and environmental responsibility. I intentionally include diversity of gender, culture, and more in my stories. I even have a big issue with cultural appropriation, which you can see mentioned here.
In fact, I fully believe that Christians have the right to use appropriate language – including “f-bombs” and more. Kind of a big deal.
However, I also believe this:
1 Corinthians 8:9 But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.
What does that mean? Simple: consider other people’s needs above your own.
I know, crazy concept, right? Actually thinking about other people before we speak or act? (Hm, there oughta be some kinda rule about that. A golden one, maybe.)
Well, this week, two friends from two very different faiths – friends who love my writing – reached out and let me know that some of the language in my books bothered them.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while because – call me nuts – I’d like my stories to reach the biggest audience possible. And while I personally think it’s a little silly, I am aware that many well-meaning folks are bothered by the use of certain four-letter words.
After a lot of consideration, I decided to remove them. This doesn’t change the stories or the characters, and doesn’t get in the way at all of the universe I’m trying to build. However, it’s a small concession I can make for the sake of readers who are bothered by it.
So that’s my big announcement. I’ve already updated the Kindle versions, and I’m working on updating the print versions, as well.
Maybe this time, Amazon will be willing to send out the updates to y’all. 😉
If not, and you have my books already, just ask me for an updated copy. I will send it to you if Amazon does not!
And if you have any questions about this odd decision of mine, just ask. I’m happy to dialogue anytime.