Thanks for the response! I also would LOVE to just sit down and chat with an author... after the book signing and Q&A with Room author Emma Donoghue, I wanted to just sit and pick her brain for hours on end. It would be a thrill to have that time!
Both can be good and it depends on the interveiw's skill as well as the responses from the interviewee. When I've done live, I tend to record them so I can pay attention to the responses. Having a set of questions available is good for reference but you'll sometimes hear something you jump on.
In that respect the E-Interview isn't as good as you don't get the chance to bounce on answers, but it can be a god send as you can formulate your interviews so that multiple authors answer the same questions so people can get to know thier personality.
Great idea in recording the answers... that way you dont miss too much!
Maybe a chat session interview? Don't know if its possible, but that would be awesome!
Email interviews if done right can seem like they were in person. We do that kind over at I Smell Sheep. We have done some in person interviews. You need a audio recorder, which you can get for about $30 at Best Buy. But...you do have to write it up later and that can be tedious and sometimes hard if the background noise is loud.
Authors do interviews all the time and I am sure they have cut and past answers for the most common questions. The key is to come up with some original questions that give insight into the author's personality. Humor is always good.
That was something that irritated me when I went to the Q&A of ROOM... a lot of the questions that she included answers to in the back of her book were asked! Do your homework, is certainly great advice!
Well emails are the easiest and most practical, I think. That's how I've always done it.
I guess the author could also respond via video, but it depends on him/herself. :)
I haven't done any interviews yet, its great to get some insight of what has worked and whats a pain