Some years ago I attended a reading in Washington, D.C., by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. She introduced the story she read by saying that it was not autobiographical. Then she read her story about a woman who weighed somewhere in the vicinity of 300 pounds. When she was done, and the Q&A started, the first question was: ‘Miss Atwood, how did you lose all that weight?’
Perhaps the matter of genre doesn’t really matter.
Which is kind of my position. I mean, honored as I am to be at this table with such amazing writers, whose work I adore, I also have to confess I don’t have much of a dog in the fight. I believe writers should feel free to write whatever they want to and label it whatever they want to. In a perfect world, that one sentence would comprise my entire presentation.