I wrote last week about doing author interviews on your blog; it will interest readers, and often be important for aspiring writers. Here are some ideas for other types of writers/artists you may want to interview:
For a writer with a military background:
Thank you for taking time to answer some questions about your writing.
When did you first become interested in writing?
When did you get serious about writing fiction?
With many years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, how much has your military background influenced your writing?
Your first series was a great success — what’s next? Who is your target audience?
For a prolific writer who has multiple books out, or a considerable series:
Have you always wanted to write?
What was your first book, and how did you come up with the idea for it?
And then you wrote another, which turned out to be a follow-up in another story?
Did you write straight through all your six books in that series?
It looks like, mid-point, you went back to your earlier writing ideas.
What is your education (or business) background?
What else do you like or like to do, just for fun?
Marathon writing, for someone who churns out book after book, with no stopping in sight:
How did you first happen to come across such a radical concept as writing 60,000 words in only 3 days, one week (or whatever short time period)?
You have successfully done this how many times?
Could you give a brief run-down on the preparation necessary before the Marathon Event?
What are the steps within the Days/Weeks themselves?
What kind of shape is your manuscript in by the time you get to the end of your Marathon?
Perhaps I should also ask, what kind of shape is the Writer in at the end?
How many books had you written to completion before your Marathon attempt?
How many have you written in Marathon mode?
Which of your books are published? Please tell us their titles and where they are available.
Will you continue to write whole novels in short time periods?
Will you ever write novels in other ways too, or are you a complete believer in this method?
Sometimes writers get so involved in their book that they need an occasional break just for “fun” — how do you give yourself a break, or have fun?
What can you say to budding authors about persistence? Explain your saying “Persistence Pays”!
Any final ideas you’d like to leave with us?
For “A NEW WRITER” – after the first publication of a non-fiction book:
Thanks for your willingness to talk to us about books and writing. When did you first realize you were interested in writing?
How long have you been writing?
What genre is your book; also, when and where will it be available?
Tell us about your first publication of a book — how did it come about, how long did it take from beginning to end?
What areas are you most interested in writing about now?
Give us just a little teaser about your topic and/or genre in this book. Who do you think would be most interested in reading this book?
Now that’s it’s coming out, what do you plan to do next? Do you plan to write within the same genre the next time?
Which other authors do you most like to read?
For an Artist/Author:
When did you first think you were “big” enough or “old” enough to write a book?
I would assume you began your art work even before that . . . where your first efforts “doodling” bug or actual works of art?
What’s your favorite picture you’ve ever completed, and where can it be found?
I’ve heard you spend “most” of your time playing with your children and working as a freelance illustrator. What is your favorite thing to do with the kids, and what would each of them say is her favorite thing to do with you?
Besides your own books, what other books have you had a hand in and where they can be found?