Anne Rice’s final interview: “I’m known to be passionate”

Do you distinguish between “commercial” fiction and “literary” fiction? Where is that line for you?

I do not, and I believe that the great novelists of our time have driven rams to distinction by attempting works of immense grandeur and scope.

How do you organize your books?

I am fortunate to maintain a large library here in my home in Coachella Valley, and I have a dedicated and loving staff who continually help me organize as well as reorganize sections when the need arises. made felt. It is nothing like what it was like when I lived in New Orleans and tended cavernous rooms of books at my home in the Garden District or the St. Elizabeth building. To bring my library to its current size, I had to donate many books. Sometimes I sell them through Powell’s in Portland, Oregon. The fact that so many people have my handwritten notes in the margins appeals to some of their buyers.

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I’m not sure there is a particular book, but I think some might be surprised at the volume of scientific writing I have. As you invent alternate worlds and supernatural cosmologies, it can be incredibly inspiring to read how little we still know about the underlying fabric of the universe.

You are organizing a literary dinner. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?

Tolstoy and Dickens, without a doubt. And maybe my late husband, Stan, who was a brilliant poet and painter. I miss him terribly. We were married for over 40 years before we died of a brain tumor in 2002.

Which books are you ashamed of not having read yet?

I am always catching up with the books of my talented relatives. My brilliant son Christopher Rice has so many wonderful thrillers and will be releasing several gay romances next year. And my hilarious best friend, Eric Shaw Quinn, has the “Write Murder” mystery series. He is our family’s beloved storyteller. Christopher and Eric also produce some wonderful podcasts together on

When you come from a family of writers and artists, it can be difficult to stay on top of their work and not interfere with their process with your comments and responses. I am known to be passionate in my responses to things.

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