So I’ve always had spicier language in my books…and I don’t mean the smutty kind *g*.  In the various contests I’ve entered over the years, I’ve received comments that this kind of language isn’t what readers are looking for.  I find this highly amusing, both as an author and as a reader.  As previously established last week *g*, I write about cops, military types, and firefighters.  I’ve been around these dudes and chicks all my life, and let me tell you, unless they’re around their superiors (and sometimes not then) or are religions, their language is so off the charts, even *I* am taken aback sometimes!!  So, I guess I’m a bit confused by the “readers don’t want to see this” versus real life.  I’ve certainly NEVER had a reader complain to me about language…and as a reader, if I don’t feel that the world I’m entering is real, then I’m going to put down the book.  I mean, seriously, if you’re writing about a cop who’s been on the streets for ten years, and he (or she) says “darn” or “heck” rather than “dammit” or “fuck”, how much can you be immersed in the story?  Let’s be realistic, folks, in my experience (and y’all KNOW I’m an avid reader) read for two reasons…one, to be titillated, in which case such language is fine because they wanna be shocked or two, because they like reading about what they know…and if you screw up in what they know, you’ll have no creds as an author in the future.

Your thoughts??