Drury Jamison Talks Writing Romance In A Field Dominated by Women

Drury Jamison photoDrury Jamison is not a bestselling author, yet. But he believes hard work will prevail. He has been writing since he could read and gave all his attention to the story at the expense of the rules.

Born an Army brat he finally settled and came to call the Missouri Ozarks home. While raising wonderful kids and failing at everything else he wrote screenplays, television scripts, advertising copy and filthy limericks. After many twists, and multiple once-in-a-lifetime life changing events, he returned to work on the short stories and novels he loved best.

Drury Jamison in his own words

I’m a guy who writes erotic, romantic/suspense novels. That’s an odd thing all by itself. Writing is one of the few artistic or business areas truly dominated by women.

Sure, you have genres that are bastions of maleness but even those are changing. Aside from writing the books, most agents and editors are women. I’m not complaining or taking a position on it. I think so much of the reason it is this way is that you can’t hide behind gender or bluster or tradition when you literally have your words doing the talking for you.

The thing that makes everything all the weirder for me is that my main characters are women and judged by women gatekeepers and readers. I hope I do a good job. The response had been overwhelmingly positive. But…

I’ve begun to notice something consistent in my criticisms. The main female characters in my books, the ones who are carrying the load of the story—the heroes—have been described to me as not feminine. The really strange thing about it is that those same characters are also getting a lot of attention, from readers, as true people.

This was something I did a lot of worrying and soul searching about. Then I believe that I came to an answer. The criticism is not about the women, it is about the role.

All of my female main characters defy gender expectations. In traditional mysteries, my Katrina (Hurricane) Williams series, I write about a female cop who has issues with PTSD, drinking, and violence. That’s to say I took a traditional male literary trope and put in a woman.

In my erotic suspense novels, my main characters tend to be strong women discovering their personal dominance. It turns out that I don’t write damsels in distress.

Defying expectations is what the criticisms are really about. I’m not saying my writing or my characters deserve no criticism. No writer can support that. But it is important, for the writer, to recognize the difference between criticizing the art and criticizing the expectation.

Like I said, I’m a white man writing books in a culture dominated by women and one very open to diversity. Maybe I’m getting a little taste of what my audience has experienced for generations. Not only is this my chance to learn from it, but maybe a chance to help expand the perceptions of what’s possible a little bit. I hope so. I’m a big fan of defying expectations. It seems my fans are as well.

Give my latest, The Red Kiss a chance and let me know how I’m doing. This time I created two strong women who are going through life changing challenges and heart changing relationships. The fun thing is, maybe they do the rescuing. Continue reading


Detective Nate Sanders Interview

Dixie Lee BrownLate breaking news! PNN managed to secure an exclusive interview with Detective Nate Sanders, the Portland Police Bureau officer in the center of a bloody confrontation at a waterfront bar late last night. Story at eleven…

Hi all! Dixie Lee Brown here with a brand new book to share, the 4th book in the Trust No One series. WHATEVER IT TAKES features Nate Sanders as a big city detective caught off guard in more ways than one. Here’s a little taste of an interview I managed to convince the local TV station not to air.

PNN reporter: Excuse me, Detective. I’d like to ask you a few questions.

Det. Sanders:  What the (censored) are you doing here? This is a crime scene. Back off.

PNN reporter: Uh…sir…we’re live.

Det. Sanders:  Oh, (censored), I mean shoot. Sorry, but you need to get back behind the tape like everyone else.

PNN reporter: Rumor has it there were several seriously injured men inside that bar.

Det. Sanders:  Yeah, well, rumors being what they are, your information is probably exaggerated.

PNN reporter: Were you involved, Detective?

Det. Sanders:  (Glances toward the front of the bar where a woman is just coming out) No comment. You’ll have to wait for the official press release.

PNN reporter: (Follows Sanders’ gaze—gives a low whistle) Beautiful girl. Who is she?

Det. Sanders:  None of your concern.

PNN reporter: What do you mean, Detective? She’s right in the middle of your crime scene. I’m thinking she must be involved. Maybe I’ll just go ask her myself.

Det. Sanders:  (Blocks reporter’s path, straightens to full 6’5”) That girl has had a life worse than you or I could imagine. If you get in her face, I won’t be responsible for what happens.

PNN reporter: (Smirks) Are you threatening me, Detective?

Det. Sanders:  (Glances toward the woman again) That’s no threat. That’s a warning. Alex Morgan can take care of herself.

Hope you enjoyed that! As you can see, Alex has earned Nate’s respect in a number of ways. Now he only has to earn her trust. Continue reading