As we approach our one-year anniversary here at Writer Unboxed, Kath and I thought we’d re-post one of our favorite interviews – with ultra-unboxed bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger. If you missed the re-post of part 1, click HERE, then read on! Enjoy.
Part 2: Interview with Audrey Niffenegger
Q: Did you ever worry that TTW might not fit neatly on any particular shelf in the bookstore?
A: Literary fiction is a very broad category. But I worried that it would never get published because the title makes it seem like traditional science fiction, and it isn’t SF enough for fans of that genre.
Q: Some might argue that TTW’s mega-success makes it, by definition, mainstream fiction. What do you think distinguishes literary from mainstream?
A: I think that is a purely subjective distinction. It’s easy to look at the extremes of each and see differences (take, say, Ulysses at one end and The Da Vinci Code at the other) but mostly it’s kinda meaningless. My book remains exactly the same no matter what you call it.
Q: What drove you to finish TTW when you were worried about salability?
A: Well, I never expected to actually make money. As a visual artist I’ve always been pleased when things sell, but it’s never the point. I did hope to publish TTW, just to get it out in the world and possibly find a few readers. But I mainly wrote it for the pleasure of writing it.
Q: What one scene—if any—do you wish you’d written for TTW that didn’t make the cut or didn’t come to you until after it was too late? [Read more…]