Does Ann Patchett Not Respect Non-Fiction?

In the “About the Book” postscript in her 2007 novel Run, Ann Patchett includes snippits from an interview with Jonathan Burnham (publisher of HarperCollins)

Jonathan Burnham: Was the act of writing nonfiction at the same time interference, or did it help clarify things for you?  Or did it make no difference whatsoever?

Ann Patchett: It really made no difference.  Writing nonfiction is so much easier than writing fiction, for me, that it really is akin to saying, “I did my shopping list and then I went back to my novel.”

 

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