One of the most interesting things about my conversation with Lincoln Michel was our discussion of genre fiction – not because he’s a “genre writer” but because he’s a “genre-bending” writer. The funny thing is that he talked about the odd segregation between genre and literary writers, genre and literary awards, and genre and literary fiction publishing; and yet, as it turns out, his magnificent new book The Body Scout is not just bending genre but perhaps breaking those barriers down.
One thing he says is true, prophetic, and hopeful – and the publishing industry should take note: “Readers don’t care about genre boundaries.”
Other topics we discussed include the pace of technology adoption, speculative fiction (not another genre!), and his literary and artistic influences. And of course, what alternative vocation he might have enjoyed had he not become a writer.
Please, have a listen!