Miss Snark's June 9 blog had some interesting suggestions to the "When are you going to write a real book?" question. http://misssnark.blogspot.com/2006_06_04_misssnark_archive.html
Even Dear Abby got into the act in her Sept. 2 column http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby/index.html?uc_full_date=20060902 , but she responded to the letters she received and admitted she hadn't read a romance in years.
Susan Combs, who wrote one romance novel in the '90s, is being called a pornographer by her opponent in the Texas Comptroller race. Fred has excerpts on his web site. You can guess what parts of the book he's posted. But if he really thinks her book is pornography, doesn't posting the excerpts on his web site make him a purveyor of pornography?
Has anyone ever said anything mean or hurtful to you about your chosen genre? If so, how did you handle it?