Fantasy Breeds Intelligence
I do read other books on occasion, but I quickly return to fantasy because my mind needs a little more work to do. It keeps me fine-tuned and ready for action.
I didn't start out to write fantasy, but writers don't really choose what they want to write. The characters choose us. Imagine a friend who continually seeks you out and won't leave you alone. The more you avoid them, the more they bug you. Finally, you give in and discover what a wondrous creature this person is.
My favorite fantasy authors, by the way, are Patricia McKillip, Sara Douglass, Elizabeth Haydon, George RR Martin, Robert Jordan, Faith Hunter, CE Murphy, and Sarah Addison Allen (who manages to show up in general fiction, but it's definitely fantasy).
Who and what do you read and/or write? Inquiring minds--remember mine is always seeking knowledge--want to know.