I visited your blog because I'm an author, but I have to say I loved the Christmas card. I can't wait till my girls get home to show it too them. It was awesome, I hope you have very happy holidays.
Just wanted to chime in and say that I did my first author interview on Dec 8 on my blog, The Positive Power of Writing. This was to be part of a book tour. I can tell you that I never did anything like this before concerning a virtual book tour and had no idea what I was to do. But the author said I was just to send her some questions and she would reply. She also sent me a picture from her press kit for me to use. And as you can see if you hop over to my blog that it turned out quite well.
I also had the most hits on my blog that I ever had before. I intend to do more author interviews as I used to be a journalist and love interviewing. So if anyone hear would like to be interviewed about your book(s) or book tour, just write me.
Yup, like everyone else said: Ask!
A year ago I started emailing authors just to give them a link to my review of their book. One of them responded. I emailed back and asked about an interview.The rest is history.
Now I read a book two books before I plan to post a review. This gives me time to email an author for an interview. Pretty much all my reviews get posted on the weekend, with my review going live on Saturday and an interview going live on Sunday. I love finding unique questions to ask and getting to know authors through our brief correspondence.
These days, I'm starting to broaden my offerings. Now, I'm asking other reviewers to swap reviews. I recently saw a blogger who even interviewed other interviewers, which I thought was a fantastic idea.
The worst anyone can do is say no or just not respond. Then you just move on to the next author.
I wanted to be in contact with you in case you might like to feature my first novel "And You Must Love Me". I visited your blog and thought that my novel would be a good fit. I have pasted the summary below:
When Renate falls for local bad-boy Ronny she has no idea what she's getting herself into. After all, she's only 15. She's never had to deal with someone like his Gypsy girlfriend Sabina, who is ready to go to extremes to keep him. And she certainly wasn't expecting to find herself caught up such a dangerous cat and mouse game which gets even more complicated when Ronny's cousin Emil gets involved in it.
The news about the love tragedy that ensues travels fast in the small village of Loddefjord, Norway, and Renate feels invisible fingers pointing at her. She starts to fall apart under the pressure. But was it really Renate's fault? Will she ever find out what really happened? Each malicious whisper at school increases her freefall. Can she stop her own destructive behaviour before it's too late?
Please let me know if you might be interested in writing about me and/or if you would like to review my new novel.
I'm so excited everyone! Author Liz Lipperman is visiting my blog. Come and meet her at http://culinarycozies.blogspot.com
We are all very approachable usually.
My new book is now on Kindle for just 98p.
Here is the link if you wanted to download yourself a copy:
And i'd be happy to do an interview if you wanted one.
As others have said, authors are basically interview sluts--we hardly ever say no! I've been interviewed on blogs that get just a few hits and blogs that get hundreds of thousands. Any chance to talk about my work...
Find authors you like, and ask 'em!
I think Jordan is right on the money. The majority of interviewers ask me the same, generic questions and it is obvious they haven't read the book or materials they are asking about. For those types of interviewers, I've actually written out generic answers they are free to cut and paste into their interviews. But I think, for your readers, the most interesting interviews are the ones that reveal unique facets of the author or the stories. To do that requires a little research by the interviewer, either on the author or by familiarizing yourself with his or her work. When I was a reporter, I would always research my subjects before asking the first question.
Ask specific, targeted questions. Listen to the answers. If an answer reveals unexpected information, be prepared to follow up on it (don't just go on to your next question on your list). If you're transcribing an interview, make sure you spell correctly. I had one newspaper writer write O. Henry (the pen name of American writer William Sydney Porter) as O'Henry, turning him into an Irishman!
After the interview, don't hesitate to contact the subject to review anything discussed. Both you as the interviewer and your subject will want the interview to be accurate. Also, ask them to link back to your site (and you should link to theirs).
Carmen, I have been looking for an avid reader and writer to interview me on my e-novel, You Can't Run From the Heat,. It has gotten superb reviews thus far. Check it out and my website, Writings of the Goddess to learn more about me and my background.
I understand you're new to the interview process and that's great, because I feel that you'll throw much more of your personality and realness from your heart into it. I would love your thoughts on the blurb and if you're interested, we can get you a free copy. Its only an ebook now, but I am certainly looking to create enough of a buzz to self publish the way I really want to, or snag a major publisher.
I've just updated my blog as well and will be doing guest posts and interviews every Wednesday to cross-promote other authors. I will be checking out the rest of these links before the end of the day.
Looks and sounds great, and I would love to be interviewed myself!
As I think others have said, us authors LOVE to do interviews. And I'll happily offer myself up for one if you're interested. You can just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. What a lot of bloggers have done for me is simply sent me a list of questions, I answer them, and they select the questions/answers they like best. I also provide images for your use as well and do have a link to a book trailer if the blogger wants to spotlight that.
You can find out more about my novel, the Universal Mirror, at http://theuniversalmirror.com if you're interested. It's a fantasy novel, available now in e-format and in print format in April.