How does the author's life relate to that of Granny Weatherall?
There are two possible ways that this story might relate to the author. First of all, Porter was raised by her paternal grandmother, and that grandmother died when she was just eleven years old. In addition, Porter herself had a near death experience when she was 28 - she almost died from influenza. That experience might have aided her in writing the stream of consciousness of the grandmother as she is on her deathbed.