Author Interview Policy

Not all of these questions have to be answered. They are just possible ideas and topics that can be discussed other than your books.

Possible Questions:

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
  2. What do you do when you are not writing?
  3. Do you have a day job as well?
  4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
  5. How did you choose the genre you write in?
  6. Where do you get your ideas?
  7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
  8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
  9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
  10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
  11. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
  12. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
  13. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
  14. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
  15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
  16. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
  17. How did you come up with the title?
  18. What project are you working on now?
  19. Will you have a new book coming out soon?
  20. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
  21. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
  22. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
  23. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
  24. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
  25. What is the first book that made you cry?
  26. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
  27. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
  28. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
  29. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
  30. What is your writing Kryptonite?
  31. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
  32. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
  33. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
  34. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
  35. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
  36. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
  37. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
  38. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
  39. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
  40. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
  41. What did you do with your first advance?
  42. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
  43. What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
  44. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
  45. How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
  46. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
  47. What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
  48. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
  49. What does literary success look like to you?
  50. What’s the best way to market your books?
  51. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
  52. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
  53. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
  54. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
  55. How many hours a day do you write?
  56. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
  57. What did you edit out of this book?”
  58. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
  59. What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?
  60. How do you select the names of your characters?
  61. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
  62. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
  63. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
  64. What was your hardest scene to write?
  65. Do you Google yourself?
  66. What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
  67. What are your favorite literary journals?
  68. What is your favorite childhood book?
  69. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
  70. Does your family support your career as a writer?
  71. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
  72. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

 

Other questions can be added or other topics can up. If you want me to post an author interview just get a hold of me with the following information:

  • Pic of Author.
  • Author Bio
  • List of Books
  • Author Website
  • Social Media Links
  • Giveaway information
  • Anything else you think I should include
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