I just finished a new manuscript for a book titled Whiskey Man. It’s a hillbilly story about moonshiners and meth dealers. It is not for young adults. It’s full of violence and… SEX. Believe it or not, I didn’t intend for there to be any sex in this book. But, as a writer you look for ways for your characters to grow through various challenges, and sex was the perfect obstacle for the main character.
The problem is that I now have a branding problem. I am known in certain circles for writing a young adult series called the Oz Chronicles, but as an artist, I like to explore different categories and genres. The question:Do I damage my brand by writing about sex in my non-young adult titles? Am I allowed to write about sex?