In response to an email I got today (you know who you are) I quote Jennifer Crusie’s answer to this question which is asked too often.
Are you ever going to give up romance writing and start writing real books?
No. I like writing fake books. It gives such joy to those who need to feel intellectually superior.
No. I prefer to write to entertain. You know, like Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens.
No. I think it’s important not to trash the taste of those who read and supported you while you were learning your craft by announcing that, now that you’ve established your name, you’re giving up romance to move onto bigger and better things. …
And let me take this opportunity to remind you that Bet Me (Jenny’s new novel, which I reviewed here) will be hitting the bookstores tomorrow. Also, I point all parties yet again to this essay of hers, In Praise of Scribbling Women.