I also happen to write all of these things.
I see a lot of articles defending one or more of these genres at the expense of the others. I see a lot of people validating their romances simply because men read them.
Why? Why do men have to read your genre for it to be serious and worthy. Why do we have to put down erotica or say "mind candy" is bad and I write serious shit, Jim!
We write what we love to read. I had a professor in college who told me at the beginning of my lit career, "Never be ashamed of what you love to read."
I have echoed that here many times, and I always hear it in that Mainer accent my prof had.
I'm sick of the word defending popping up all over when it comes to what I adore. Fuck that shit. These days I think I'll just start slapping people with my heaviest paperback.
Love, Smut loving angry woman,