Author or Character Interviews, Anyone?
Put yourself under the microscope!
If you write books for a G, PG, or PG-13 audience, you may submit a request for an author interview. Not all interviews will be featured, but I will try to spotlight authors often. Thank you!
Author Interview Questions
Answer whatever questions you wish, and you can modify the first one to fit what you write. Send them back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will let you know if/when your interview goes live.
1. Many people say that authors can’t or don’t do well with more than one genre. You have contemporary mystery, some romance, and now a western/scifi series. What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write these different types of books?
2. What do you say to the charge that men can’t write romances that women will like, and how will you tempt guys to read your books?
3. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?
4. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction.
5. Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?
6. Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?
7. Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
8. Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.
9. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
10. Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.
11. Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.
12. Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.
13. Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.
14. What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?
15. What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!
Please send images and links, including any good reviews or news you want to share about your books.
OR, perhaps you’d rather do a character interview. If so, follow the example below.
Character Interview Example
Hi, we’re interviewing Leah Masters from Mary C. Findley’s book Send a White Rose. Leah is here to tell us how a lovely young society lady from Boston ended up in territorial New Mexico, in the middle of an assassination plot against the man who sent for you to discuss marriage.
1. What do you do for a living, and how’s business?
I’ve been blessed to be provided for by my father, Senator Masters, but I do keep our household running smoothly, do his accounts, and play hostess at his dinner parties since the death of my mother some years ago.
2. You’ve been seen with some ––––––––––––––– (people, animals, illness, interesting tools, vehicles, weapons, or other things related to your story). What’s your secret to (attracting them, fighting them off, working with them, making them, whichever applies)
Yes, I’m afraid my health is not the best, and I do seem to catch everything that goes around. I can’t believe I was sick right when it was time to visit Judge Durant in New Mexico.
3. When you (took that trip, bought that object, met that person, accepted that job, fired that weapon, whatever applies), that certainly was a life-changing decision, wasn’t it?
It certainly was the most difficult thing I have ever done, but my brother Randall insisted we couldn’t put off the trip until I was over my illness. Of course, neither of us realized how hard the trip was, or how sick I really was. And how humiliating, to faint at Judge Durant’s feet and not even be able to say a word.
4. Did it shock you when you learned (something about another person or an important place or event in the story)?
I had two big shocks one right after the other. First, I learned that my brother had been arrested on suspicion of having tried to assassinate Judge Durant. The second was being told that that Judge Durant had left town, when I came all this way to meet him and discuss the possibility of marriage.
5. Some of us like to exercise the “ask a friend” option at odd times in our lives, but it seems especially odd that you brought ––––––– in to help you solve the problem of ______. What’s special about him/her?
It didn’t seem strange at all to me that Alethia and I would become friends. I didn’t learn until later that many people thought of her as the natural choice to be Judge Durant’s wife. She was the only one who could really tell me the truth about what had happened to Judge Durant.
6. What did you think when _________ (complicating event in the story) happened, and how did you handle it?
Governor Markham insisted he could persuade Judge Durant to see me and help work out this terribly confusing and embarrassing situation between us. I went with him to the hospital, but the judge got angry at all his friends and banished everyone. It was only by pretending to be lost looking for another patient that I found the courage to actually talk to him again. He didn’t even recognize me, for which I was grateful.
7. What was one thing another person did that surprised/angered/delighted/saddened/frightened you, and turned out to be extremely important to how things turned out?
I couldn’t believe, after all the changes for the better that my brother had gone through, that he would revert to his old ways and accuse Alethia of such a terrible thing. But there were so many things I still didn’t understand about my own brother, and what he was capable of.
8. Did you do anything you really regretted/enjoyed/ struggled to accomplish That made a big difference?
It certainly was foolish of me to just run off in the pouring rain trying to find the judge when I had so little information. I just knew that he was in danger, and I couldn’t find anyone else in time. I suppose I didn’t think about how dangerous for me, too.
9. Was there a time when you were certain things just were not going to turn out right?
More than once, certainly. There were so many complications. Even when everything else seemed to be working out, that only made it harder to try to believe that things would work out between the judge and myself.
10. Why would you refuse the marriage proposal you’d crossed the country and gone through so much hardship just to hear?
A combination of anger, humiliation, and honestly, happiness that he’d made a decision, even if it wasn’t for me. I didn’t even understand why he would ask me, when Alethia has loved him all her life.