Butterfly: Does It Exist?
I received a lot of interesting mail from readers when "Butterfly" first came out. I was surprised at how many women asked me if it really existed and where could they find it. And quite a few ladies wrote to tell me that when they were finished with Butterfly they handed it to their husbands and said, “Read this! Now you’ll know what I want.” As for the pen name – women cannot write erotica and own up to it. That double-standard again, even in this day and age. Consider "Fifty Shades of Gray." The author uses her initials. Anne Rice’s very explicit erotic stories were written under a pen name. And I found it was necessary that I, too, use a pen name as my editor was afraid the book would “shock” Barbara Wood readers. The name Kathryn Harvey, by the way comes from two people: my editor, Kathryn, and my agent, Harvey. I figured if the book was too dirty to put my own name on it, then I was putting theirs on it!