But even leaving the critics aside, an entirely different concern has to do with readers. Because I know that my sex writing has touched people deeply. I've gotten letters from people saying that I may have saved their marriages, and letters from people who say my erotic stories have made them cry. I have ardent fans who love my erotica, and I cherish their existence; I find it deeply reassuring. And I'm worried, because my mainstream writing doesn't seem to elicit the same kind of reaction in readers. People like it, but for the most part, they don't love it. I very much enjoy writing the mainstream material -- I find it really interesting to write. But if people don't find it interesting to read, if they don't respond to it...well. I don't know what I'll do then. But it'll be a grave disappointment.