I came across something interesting this weekend... an attitude!
At a family retreat this weekend, I met a person who was excited to find out that I was a writer. Until I told him what I wrote. This "professional" person suddenly discounted all writing that came from me (not in so many words, but it was very obvious) because it was romance. When the person found out that some of it was EROTIC romance, the gloves were off.
What an interesting reaction. I'm proud of what I write, whether it is professional writing, sweet romance, or erotic romance. How many people have you heard say they started writing a book, or have wanted to? How many of them have? It is an accomplishment for any writer to complete even one book. Mine get great reviews, the readers seem to like them, and I enjoy doing it! So where's the part that it becomes second class writing just because it is romance?
When the other parents at the retreat (mostly women) found out what I wrote, I think this person found out that many readers love romance, in whatever form it may be presented. Some are comfortable with sweet romance books, some with erotic romance books. Many stated they were tired of being put down because they like to read about 'happily ever afters' because it isn't considered 'serious writing.'
Give me romance any day. While I love reading science fiction, fantasy, and other books, I always go back to romance as a major food group. From talking to the other women at the retreat, a good majority like to do the same.
So, bon appetit! I'm perfectly happy with my writing and chosen genres, and am proud to stand up and say "I write romance!"