My sister-in-law Wendy wonders on her blog why romance writers, and readers, have such a hard time with people using cuss words.
So often, romances have a sanitized vibe to them. As though they have been scrubbed clean for the protection of the reader. Well, you know what? My ‘virgin’ eyes don’t need to be protected from foul words because I can cuss colorfully. My mother says I can make a sailor blush—and she’s been saying that since I was thirteen. I don’t buy into the theory that only the uneducated, who can’t stretch for word choice, pepper their speech with profanity. Everyone
I know, and I mean everyone, in my circle of family and friends went to
college and every single one of them cusses (some more liberally than
others). So why don’t characters in romances reflect this? Why don’t they speak like real people?
It’s not just in romances. You wouldn’t believe how many emails I got when someone said "shit" in the first DIAGNOSIS MURDER book. One profanity in the whole book and you’d think I’d spent ten pages describing a scene of bestiality…