Author Interview Questions

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I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring and do some author interviews on my blog. I’m aiming at one per week, so first come first served.

Just copy the text below and answer whichever questions you feel are most relevant

Email the finished interview to

If there are any questions that you would like to have included, just put them in. I don’t expect to have to edit anything, so if I do find something that needs looking at, I’ll let you know before I post and we’ll talk it through.

Please provide up to 5 photographs. (Author, books, etc)etc)

Book blurb, etc., get it out of your system. Everything welcome.

Lets get that author/book out there folks.
* All sections marked with an asterisk will be deleted before uploading.
Welcome all.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing (name) author of (title)

Hi (name), thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

What were you like at school?

Were you good at English?

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Which writers inspire you?

So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

What are you working on at the minute?

What’s it about? (*if relevant)

What genre are your books?

What draws you to this genre?

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

How much research do you do?

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?

When did you decide to become a writer?

Why do you write?

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Where do the your ideas come from?

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

What is the hardest thing about writing?

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

What is the easiest thing about writing?

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

What book/s are you reading at present?

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

Who designed your book cover/s?

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

How do you market your books?

Why did you choose this route?

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

What do you do to get book reviews?

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Which social network worked best for you?

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
(* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

Did you format your own book?

In what formats is your book available?

If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?

How do you relax?

What is your favourite motivational phrase.

What is your favourite positive saying?

What is your favourite book and why?

What is your favourite quote?

What is your favourite film and why?

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

What is your favourite movie and why?

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Where do you see publishing going in the future?

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Amazon Author Page:
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)

(* Any order you like and if I’ve missed anything, just type it in.)

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.


67 thoughts on “Author Interview Questions

  1. Great questions!! I’m doing a “getting to know me” segment on Wednesdays on my blog, “KK’s Life”, so I’m going to steal your questions if that’s okay? I’d love to be interviewed on your blog too. 🙂

  2. Not great Questions but not quite what I was after. I am doing a radio interview with a professor on another authors book on one of my segments. Sorry from any inconvenience.

  3. Hi! Thanks for all the wonderful questions i needed these for my interviews for Jaqueline Wilson’s interview. Not really just researching and stuff! 🙂

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  11. Can i suggest an author? It would be great if you could interview him .His latest book Killing Time in Saudi Arabia: An American Experience was released on 31st October.

  12. I Googled “author interviews” and your questions came up. They are great! May I use some of them on my blog?

  13. Nice work – I have written my answers to these questions in preparation for an upcoming book release and tour – they are good practice and it is worth rehearsing my answers so I can best promote myself and my book.

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  16. Good questions! Love how it requires a decent deal of thought to into the answers. Going to play with it some and adapt to use as a getting to know each other (and probably more of them for an actual assignment later in the year) for a highschool level creative writing class.

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  19. So much help .a great start to ask a author .if you ever want to ask a question to a author .this is a good website.:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) :-):-) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  24. Great question, my son is going to meet author an it gives me some simple idea whichow he will be able to remember he is only 6 years old

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