Thursday, May 05, 2011

Author Interviews

Now don't get me wrong, I love being interviewed - honestly - and I know interviewers can't all be Larry King or the other one whose name I've forgotten but I know he's a Brit. 

Sometimes, just sometimes, in author-interview blogs, don't you get tired of the "same-old, same-old"?

I'm talking from an author's and a reader's perspective here. Who really likes, or even finds interesting, the question: "where do you get your inspiration from?" Be honest here, if you love this question please comment. As an author when I receive this, I think: What on earth can I say? It comes out of the air, something jolts and the jig-saw comes together. Is that interesting?

And another one: "What's your book about?". Um...the excerpt is printed underneath, why not read it and, anyway, why repeat it here?
One more: "Are your characters based on real people?" Oh yes, always. Excuse me let me answer the phone: "Jeez, it's a lawyer!"

Please don't get me wrong - I love meeting new authors and I love being interviewed (I said that before, ahem) but if I'm running an interview here you can be sure I'll have read at least one of that author's books and I'll have run a previous review. I think this is important in order to form more interesting questions. 

As an author I like the questions where I can be imaginative, such as: Who would you like to invite to a dinner party and why? Which author do you most aspire to? Any question that can let my creativity run riot has my approval, as do those that are appropriate to the world we live in, for example: What advice would you give to aspiring authors, how do you see the publishing world in the future, did you make any mistakes when you were on the submission-circuit? That kind of thing.

You may think I've been a bit hard here and deserve never to be interviewed again in my life. But, I'm interested here: as authors, what questions do you like? And readers, what questions would make you read the interview?

*** If you haven't turned completely against me, and you're a published author, I'm happy to interview you. Just contact me (on the About Me and Contact tab above). I will need to read your book, though!