Jules Horne is the seventh author to participate in my literary fiction interview series. Her ideas about the genre (yes, it is a genre, she believes…and a commercial one at that!) are wide and far-reaching, and distinguish between traditionally published (by definition commercial) work, and experimental work that publishers won’t touch. She suggests that indie publishing is a new chance for avant-garde writers to reach their audience niche, and argues for a new sub-category on Amazon.
Horne suggests that genres are branded, a term I had never before heard to describe genres, but which makes perfect sense in hindsight. She doesn’t believe literary fiction is a closed community, but feels that in practice, its conventions and culture make it self-selecting and keep certain writers and readers out.