Great interview questions to ask authors that aren't very generic?

I'm helping a blogger friend who is looking for great interview questions to ask authors that aren't very generic (i.e what made you start writing? etc). Any ideas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Take your pick:

    What inspired you to write your first book?

    Do you have a specific writing style?

    How did you come up with the title?

    Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

    How much of the book is realistic?

    Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

    What books have most influenced your life most?

    If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

    What book are you reading now?

    Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

    What are your current projects?

    Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

    Do you see writing as a career?

    If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

    Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

    Can you share a little of your current work with us?

    Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

    Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

    Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

    Who designed the covers?

    What was the hardest part of writing your book?

    Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

    Do you have any advice for other writers?

    Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

    What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

    I realize that these aren't that helpful--but you need to mold the questions to fit the author specifically, and around the book. Like, for example, which characters will the author continue, or will he/she kill off some characters? Which characters will the author find hardest to part with? things like that.

    Here's an interview with the author Dan Brown. Look at some of these questions:

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Author Interview Questions

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  • 3 years ago

    Generic Interview Questions

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  • 1 decade ago

    What books/authors have influenced your writing?

    What genre do you consider your book(s)?

    Do you ever experience writer's block?

    Do you write an outline before every book you write?

    Have you ever hated something you wrote?

    What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?

    I don't know if those would be any good. I hope they help.

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  • 5 years ago

    Do you ever get creeped out when you realize that the characters that you've created aren't real?

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    great interview questions authors aren generic:

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  • 1 decade ago

    I bet they'd like to talk about how they are the same/different from their main character.

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  • "While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?"

    "What are your expectations for the book?"

    Lol I tried =P Hope I helped.

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