Interview Questions For Authors

If you are an author who wants to position his/her personal brand and book the right way through interviews/coverages than in that case, you need to pick the right interview questions.

More often than not, people fail to understand the importance of the right questions but trust me the right interview questions can help you position and define your personal brand and your book better.

You may be wondering what sort of questions you shall consider for the coverage or an interview. To give you an idea, I have gathered the top interview questions that you should surely consider for promoting your book and your personal brand through an interview on digital space.

  1. What inspired you to start writing?
  2. How long have you been writing?
  3. When did you start writing?
  4. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
  5. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
  6. How do you handle writer’s block?
  7. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
  8. What comes first, the plot or characters?
  9. How do you develop your plot and characters?
  10. How do you come up with the titles to your books?
  11. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
  12. Describe your writing space.
  13. What time of the day do you usually write?
  14. Describe a typical writing day.
  15. Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?
  16. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
  17. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
  18. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
  19. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
  20. Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
  21. Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
  22. How do you do research for your books?
  23. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
  24. What does success mean to you?
  25. Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
  26. On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
  27. Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
  28. When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?
  29. Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
  30. Who is your favourite character?
  31. How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
  32. Where can readers purchase your books?
  33. What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
  34. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
  35. What is the significance of the title?
  36. Tell us about the process for coming up with the cover.
  37. What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?
  38. Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
  39. How do you handle literary criticism?
  40. How do you deal with poor reviews? (be cautious with these type of questions)
  41. Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?
  42. How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?
  43. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
  44. Where do you get your inspiration?
  45. Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audio book?
  46. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?
  47. When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
  48. What was your favourite part, and your least favourite part, of the publishing journey?
  49. Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?
  50. Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.
  51. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
  52. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
  53. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
  54. Can you share a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?
  55. Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
  56. What was the inspiration for the story?
  57. If you had to describe character xxx in three words, what would those three words be?
  58. Your story is set in xxx. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?
  59. If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
  60. Was the writing process different and what challenges did you face writing xxx genre? (when writing in a new genre)
  61. What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
  62. What was the highlight of writing this book?
  63. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
  64. Where do you draw inspiration from?
  65. How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?
  66. Do you have any new series planned?
  67. Who is your favourite author and why?
  68. What are you reading now?
  69. What book is currently on your bedside table?
  70. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
  71. Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
  72. Favourite quote (doesn’t matter the source)
  73. Favourite book/story you have read as an adult
  74. Favourite book when you were a kid
  75. What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
  76. If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
  77. Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, are there any you’d recommend?
  78. What do you like about audiobooks?
  79. Do you have a library membership?
  80. How many bookshelves are in your house?
  81. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
  82. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  83. Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
  84. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
  85. What is the definition of success?
  86. What makes writers different from other people? I am actually keen to know this.
  87. When did you first realize that there is a writer hidden within? I mean when did you realize that you want to become a writer/author?
  88. What is that one thing that makes your writing unique and different from others?
  89. Whenever you start writing a new book, what all special preparation do you do for that? I want to know whether it is deliberate thinking and pondering that make you write wonderful books that you have written so far. Or is that a random thought that entices you so much that you start writing your book on that? How’s it?
  90. What would you like to suggest to the budding writers or authors? Or what special suggestion you would want to give your fans and budding writers?

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