Anyway, now that I've settled into the YA world, I've decided that I'm going to pull the "B" word from the paperback for Shockpoint. I started thinking about it after some of the kids in Texas asked me about it. I thought there was only one. Amazon's "Search Inside" revealed three:
"Bitch!" hissed in her ear.
A curse word hissed in her ear.
"Every girl we get is a lying bitch."
"Every girl we get is a lying skank."
"I have to get out of here. You stupid little bitch...."
"I have to get out of here. You stupid girl..."
That one on page 4 has been the tough one when I get asked to read at middle schools. I usually rephrase on the fly. The book works fine without it.
[Full disclosure: And it's a total coincidence that I waited to announce it until after the voting for The Top Ten Books for Teens awards was over. I mean for some kids, the "b" word might be a positive. For others, it might be a negative.]
Do you ever censor yourself?