One of the questions they asked her was about realistic fiction that doesn’t feature fallen angels, zombies, or a post-apocalyptic world.
She said, in part, “there is always going to be a place for realism, and I think it will always be a smaller place than whatever else is occupying the shelves. It’s the same way in the broader publishing world. Typically, genre fiction outsells ‘literary’ fiction. (I put that in quotes, because I don’t like that distinction much and I think there’s plenty of genre fiction that has literary qualities.) Action movies make more money than family drama. Pop music dominates media while quiet singer-songwriters go mostly unnoticed.”
You can read the whole interview here.
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