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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

An Open Invitation to Authors for Interview on This Blog.

This is an open invitation to all authors, published traditionally or through self-publishing, to have an interview on my blog. See the previous post for an example.
Please provide answers to all or any of the questions below, in any order you choose, or, by all means include questions of your own, if you feel so inclined. If you provide a book cover picture and/or portrait of yourself, I will try to use them on the blog. Also, please make sure you let me have links to your blog, website and those places where your book can be bought.
Email these as attachments to me using the ‘Contact me’ link underneath the Welcome.
Please use .doc, .docx, or .rtf for text and .jpeg or .jpg for pictures.

Suggested Author Interview Questions:

1.     Tell us about (your current book title) in a few sentences.
2.     What qualities do you need to be a successful writer?
3.     What is your working method?
4.     What is the single biggest mistake made by beginners to writing?
5.     How did you come to write this particular book?
6.     If you have a favourite character in your novel, why that particular one?
7.     How can people buy your book(s)?
8.     To what extent are grammar and spelling important to a writer?
9.     How much revision of your MS do you do before you send it off?
10.  Where and when is your novel set and why did you make these specific choices?
11.  To what extent do you think genre is useful in the publishing world?
12.  What are your writing habits?
13.  How do you know where to begin any given story?
14.  What sort of displacement activities keep you from actually writing?
15.  Do you have support, either from family and friends or a writing group?
16.  Is presentation of the MS as important as most agents and publishers suggest?
17.  How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
18.  What are your inspirations?
19.  If there’s a single aspect to writing that really frustrates you, what is it?
20.  Do you think writing is a natural gift or an acquired skill?
21.  What are you writing now?
22.  Is there any aspect of writing that you really enjoy?
23.  Do you have a website or a blog that readers can visit?
24.  Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
25.  Where do you actually write?

Word of the Day: realism – in literature, realism is a portrayal of life as it really is; as opposed to romanticism, which depicts life as we would have it.

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