This was truly a FUN interview to read! In addition to learning about the controversial nature of Linda Gillard’s novel, A Lifetime Burning, and hearing about different readers’ perspectives on the topic of transgressive love, I was given the chance to consider some cut-and-dry definitions of various styles of writing. Commercial fiction? “Meant to comfort”. Genre fiction? “Invented for the convenience of booksellers and marketing departments”. Literary fiction? “Literary fiction confronts”.
Will readers agree or disagree with Linda’s definitions? Has anyone else written on such a controversial topic, but in a way that was intended to not only disturb but to also show an understanding (and, indeed, compassion) for the characters involved?
There is so much else I would love to say about Linda’s exciting comments but I will simply turn it over to her. That is the point of these interviews, after all!