This is from November 2003, but I thought you’d enjoy it just the same. It’s an interview with Stephen King that appeared on National Public Radio on the day that King received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, which also bestows the prestigious National Book Awards.
King discusses the award and his writing with NPR’s Susan Stamberg.
“It’s always made me uneasy to be called a horror writer or a suspense writer,” King tells Stamberg on Morning Edition. “They’re hooks to hang your hat on and I reject them. I’ve never denied that I was a horror writer, but I’ve never introduced myself as that either. I see myself as Stephen King. I’m an American novelist, and that’s it.”
Listen in here: Stephen King Interview