I've done a handful of author interviews and one thing I always try to do is ask at least 2 in-depth questions about the book itself. I always read the book before making up my questions. I also try to keep interviews relatively short - 7-8 questions. I also recommend reading other blogger's author interviews to get ideas for good questions.
You can see the interviews I've done here: http://parchmentgirl.com/category/author-interviews/
HI Stacy, and congrats on your interview!!! I actually just blogged about this not too long ago over at http://zombiesdontblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/10-simple-ways-to-give-.... I hope they help and, of course, best of luck on your first interview:
I appreciate your commenting! I'm new here so sorry it took me awhile to write back. I think of pretty much everything in blogging/writing/authoring as a two-way street. To me, the blogger is doing me a big favor by posting my interview and, hopefully, sharing my writing style and personality with potential readers. I hope to return the favor by spreading the word about the interview once it's up and, beforehand, trying to be as creative and timely as possible with my answers...
Thanks for commenting,
Ask the questions you would ask if you were meeting him or her over a cup of coffee. Here is an interview that I just posted -
Oh, one more thing - if you're curious about something, make sure to ask. If you're wondering about it, your blog readers llkely will find it to be of interest. Best, Joseph
As an author I wish interviewers would start asking more about my current book, writng and craft issues, and how I came to be published.
At any rate I'm currently doing a Nuture your Books Blog Tour, since you are new to interviewing writers you might like to check out the listing below and consider becoming a tour host. I still a some slots open and would love to chat with you about my new book:http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=1172
When doing an e-mail interview with an author, what is the best way to send them the questions? Personally I think putting the questions directly in the email makes it more hassle for the author to answer them. Would a separate file attachment (something like RTF) be acceptable, or even a wise choice?