“My mom writes porn.”

My teenage daughter said that to me on Mother’s Day, and I thought, “Not porn. Smut for the smart. There’s a difference,” but something deep inside me cringed. Then she added, “It’s the most inspiring thing ever. I have the most amazing mom.”

Holy cannoli, Batman! How about that? What mother doesn’t want to hear that she inspires her daughter? Still, it begs the question: should I write what I write and put it out to the world?

Kinky billionaire Dom fantasy is well, for lack of a better way to say it, edgy. People who know me in “real life” know I’m a novelist, but most don’t know my pen name. Most of my “vanilla” friends haven’t even read my books. Even in my writer’s group, the “bodice rippers,” as I call them, clear their throats, ahem, at the erotic romance writers.

My husband’s answer: “Damn straight. You go, baby.” It’s the whole rock role he’s played in my life for more decades than I care to admit. In fact, he’s become sort of obsessed with my career. Let’s just say my man is a true master of the universe in the finance world. I’m not sure if I want his intensity involved in my art.

Art. Is that what I write?

I’m not sure. Some days, I think yes. Others, no. Either way, I thoroughly enjoy what I do. Mostly because of the many, many people I meet while doing it. I work very hard at my craft, encourage other writers, and feel truly proud of my novels. And if I inspire even a single person, I have accomplished something worthwhile.

So I suppose the answer to my question is yes. I should write what I write and put it out to the world.

Happy Mother’s Day to me.

Harmony, a Masters of the Order Novel, is set for release on June 7, 2016.