I like MaryJanice Davidson's books. Okay, not all, but she's okay with me. I can see where she is coming from when she states some of her views in her dust-up bouts with some people out there. But I do wonder, what is she doing to herself?
The other day I noticed that her name was brought up by non-romance readers as an example of an author who just cannot shut up. They don't know her books but they have heard of her online fisticuff sessions. The latest is when MaryJanice Davidson shows up at Laurell K Hamilton's fanboard. On one hand, I have to admire her tenacity in showing up everywhere and anywhere, it seems, to confront anyone who talks about her in one way or the other. But shouldn't she choose her battles a little wisely?
There are some authors who are pretty much confirmed Batcrap Crazy. Laurell K Hamilton is one of them. She married her fanclub president, created Micah and Jonathan after him, used Richard the werewolf as her therapy couch to indulge in her love-hate feelings for her ex-husband, and inserts so much of her own neuroses into Anita Blake while having a psychotically rude PA that spends her free time planting spies on other message boards to get "loyal fans" to flame non-fans of the authors. And how do I know all this? Laurell shares everything in her blog. One of her latest entries see her talking about how "sex with Richard is always good" and how "Anita" couldn't straighten out her feelings regarding Richard, which is outright creepy considering how the author admitted candidly in interviews and in her blog that Richard was her ex-husband. And then the author has the cheek to blast people for daring to speculate on her personal life when she overshared these details with the public in the first place.
One look at Ms Hamilton's personal forums should have given a wiser author pause. The forums are filled with posts written in... well, let's just say that the posts clearly are of the same standards as Ms Hamilton's own unedited writing. The reputation of the author and the kind of scary fans populating the forums should be a sign that perhaps what Ms Davidson wants to say should be said in a more reasonable and intellectual kind of environment.
So for Ms Davidson to show up there is akin to jumping into a pool of mud with the pigs while trying to tell the pigs to dance like she is telling them to. At the end of the day, she gets mud all over herself and people may not care that she has grand ambitions of teaching pigs to dance - they only see the mud on her face.
Ms Davidson is a big gal. I'm sure she knows what she is doing, even if from my point of view she's trying very hard to win the Lori Foster Trophy for Miss Online Congeniality. There is a reason why she, as an author with a reputation and credibility, will choose to fight battles after battles even if the victory is at best a Pyrrhic one, surely?