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sparrow jack March 8, 2021
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Author Interview Questions

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
How do you do research for your books?
What are the tools of the trade?
What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?
Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?
What inspired you to start writing?
How long have you been writing?
When did you start writing?
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
How do you handle writer’s block?
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
What comes first, the plot or characters?
How do you develop your plot and characters?
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Describe your writing space.
What time of the day do you usually write?
Describe a typical writing day.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Good Questions To Ask An Author

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
How long does it take you to write a book?
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
How do books get published?
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
What does your family think of your writing?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Do you like to create books for adults?
What do you think makes a good story?
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
What is the first book that made you cry?
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
What other authors are you friends with, and
how do they help you become a better writer?
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?
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
What did you do with your first advance?
What was an early experience where you
learned that language had power?
What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
What does literary success look like to you?
What’s the best way to market your books?
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