The Makings of a Good Author Interview

I couldn’t resist reblogging this excellent advice by Ionia Martin. An individual with multifarious interests and talents, in this post she explains what interests readers and how to prepare for an author interview. Read some of her interviews on the Readful Things Blog to see how to successfully implement these tips!

 
The Makings of a Good Author Interview
 

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When I posted my interview with Sarah Solmonson earlier this morning, it reminded me that a couple of people have asked me to put up a post on the finer points of doing an author interview. Iโ€™m not sure I would call me an expert on this topic, but I try to answer those who ask me a question, so this post is for them.

I will share my opinion here, not saying that anyone should take my words as gold, but here is what I think:

A successful author interview begins with an interesting author. I am not pointing fingers and calling anyone boring, but if you want your interview to shine, choose authors that have something to bring to the party. I like it very much when the authors I interview have a very personal interest in their story. This doesnโ€™t mean it canโ€™t be fiction, justโ€ฆ

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7 thoughts on “The Makings of a Good Author Interview

  1. I give (and read) quite a few interviews, so it’s nice to read this.

    Not interviewing authors whose work you haven’t work is important (although I confess to not always following it). I always enjoy “personalized” interviews best – both giving and reading them.

    As for humor, well, it’s gold, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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