Author Interview Questions

We also are happy to feature an author via an interview rather than a guest post. Below are some of the interview questions we’ve used in the past. Authors are welcome to select 5-10 (or however many they desire).

  • At what point did you decide to be an author and what was your path to publication?
  • What do you do when a new idea jumps out at you while you’re still working on a book? Do you chase the squirrel (aka “UP syndrome”) or do you finish your current project first?
  • Who is your favorite character to write, and why is that person your favorite? If picking a favorite character would be like picking a favorite child, which character seems to be the most demanding or your attention and detail as a writer?
  • Describe your writing process. Do you outline, plot and plan, or is your writing more organic?
  • What are some books or authors that you would recommend to our readers?
  • Tell us what you enjoy most about writing [genre].
  • What have you found to be most challenging about writing in [genre]?
  • Have you been able to incorporate your previous experience in [jobs/education] in your writing?
  • Do you identify with your main character or did you create a character that is your opposite?
  • Describe the [book/series] in 10 words or less for people who are just learning about it.
  • Is there anything you would like people to take away from your book?
  • Do you have any odd (writing) habits?
  • What has been the toughest criticism you have received as an author? What has been the best compliment?
  • Share some advice for aspiring authors. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  • What is your favorite line from your book?
  • To date, what is your favorite (or most difficult) chapter you have ever written?
  • What is your take on book boyfriends? Do they actually exist? Or do they set the bar for “real life men” impossibly high?
  • Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you deal with it?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

 

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