Break the Bull is sharing a list of 20 Awesome Questions to Ask New AND Seasoned Authors for those interested in sharing their responses with us.
This list may also be used by fellow creators looking for some ideas on what to ask authors in an interview.
Here Are 20 Awesome Questions To Ask New and Seasoned Authors:
(…and why you should ask them!)
The first one is a pretty basic opening. But with it, many surprising topics may follow.
1. Tell Us About Yourself.
It’s not so much a question, but not everyone has a response ready to answer something like this. So follow up questions, based on the current vibe of the room, may help answer that.
2. When Did You Realize You Wanted to be An Author or Writer?
This one can provide an interesting response, and often times a short story into their life to find out exactly when it just ‘clicked’.
3. How Long Does it Take You to Write A Book?
I’ve always found this intriguing. Because there are some variables to consider. Such as drafts, outlines, second (or 3rd, 4th, ect) drafts, editing, and final drafts. Another thing to keep in mind: not every book written is published. But it’s still a book that was wrote.
4. Do You See Writing As Therapeutic?
According to the APA—American Psychological Association in the article “Writing to Heal“…
Writing is no stranger to therapy. For years, practitioners have used logs, questionnaires, journals and other writing forms to help people heal from stresses and traumas.APA-Writing to Heal, June 2nd
So, in a way, there’s some merit to this question.
5. Name An Underappreciated Novel That You Love.
This question could pose a slight issue due to certain views many people have when it comes to certain books. Although the written word should always be cherished, not every story is another’s cup of tea.
Questions 6, 7, and 8 could be slightly emotional to answer.
6. Does Anyone In Your Family Read Your Work?
7. If You Had The Power To Cure Any Disease, Which One and Why?
8. As A Child, What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?
9. How Do You Decide on The Name of Your Characters?
Naming a character is one of the best things to do. Because a name could lend a hand into the psyche of that character and what to possibly expect.
10. When Did You Write Your First Book?
This one could be coupled with #3.
BEWARE!! The questions below may stir the pot. Everyone is entitled to their own, respective, opinions.
11. At What Point Do You Think Someone Should Call Themselves an Author?
12. What Does “Writer’s Block” Mean to You?
13. What Advice Would You Give to Someone Writing Their First Book?
14. What Comes First—Plot or Character—and Why?
15. What Would You Say to An Author Wanting to Design Their Own Cover?
16. What Do You Think Of Authors Who Self-Edit?
17. Is It Harder Being An Indie or Trad Author?
18. Does Having A Writing Schedule Help At All?
19. Which is Better—Pantsing or Plotting—and Why?
20. In Your Honest Opinion, Why Are Writer’s and Authors So Important to Society?
Well, that’s the list. If you’re an author or writer reading this and would like to answer a few, feel free to send an email and BtB LitMag will feature your responses under our Author Q&A Section. Happy writing/reading!