‘A Song For Joey’ grew organically as I wrote it. So, when sex happened, as it does, I let it flow, as part of the growth of my characters. But that created a duality, a conflict, between the heart of the story – which was the development of popular music told in the life of one young woman – and the readership who would most enjoy it – teens and young adults. Because of the explicit sexual scenes, I had to declare that the book ‘includes adult content’ and thus disenfranchise my target readership.

After a lot of thought I have carefully removed some of the coarser, more explicit sexual content, while trying to still retain enough reality to the love between my characters. My intention is to open up the book, and I hope I have achieved that balance. It is still quite raunchy in places, but just a tiny bit less graphic.

As a result, I have been able to classify ‘A Song For Joey’ as Teen/Young Adult, and hope to find a new audience.