Interview questions - what do you love what do you hate

Hi fellow authors

Interview questions first, explanation following:

What is your favorite interview question?

What do you wish the interviewer would ask?

What do you wish the interviewer would never ask?

Which fictional character would you like to be an why?

I'm doing a blog tour and want to offer the tour hosts a range of different interview questions. I'm doing character interviews, reader interview questions, and I'll like to know which question is your favorite, or what do you wish the interviewer would ask / never ask? I also want to do a post where I ask authors This could be helpful as a bit of cross promotion so I'd be interested in answers from young adult authors.

Hope you can help me out. Would really appreciate it.

Best Debbie

D L Richardson Author of young adult fiction


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On my blog tour, the bloggers provided the interview questions, which is how interviewing usually works. That way, you will get a variety of questions and a different set of questions for each blog stop.

My favorite question is one I made up for interviews on my blog: "Do you find you 'mentally edit' other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?"

Personally, I wish bloggers had more questions designed for nonfiction authors.

Good luck with your blog tour!

Hi Christine

Thanks for this. Good point about nonfiction.



I've got lots of questions for nonfiction authors! I love nonfiction as much as fiction!




Lol but seriously, hit me up sometime if you need someone to grill an author :P

Wow! Its a good post. I'd also like to know more about it.
My favorite question would be, what are you trying to convey to the readers? What's yours, D.L.?

All the luck and best.

Yes, that would be a favourite question. What are you trying to convey to the reader?


We write for our reader. We need to know what we want to say.


Good point.

Now, I feel more confident about it. Sure do we write for our reader. That's so true.

I prefer questions about the writing process or the subject matter to questions about the publishing process.  I've had a bit of both. 

I do like to get some unusual questions that I have to think about such as:  what does my son think about my book (much of which involves him), where would I live if I could live anywhere, or this one from Jen Wylie...  Do you have deep dark secret? How about a shallow grey one?

I like writing process questions too. Any opporunity to pass on tips to other writers is often useful. Love the Jen Wylie question.

Thank for these replies.

What I really like to see in a blog is some kind of focus to all of the questions and interviews. As long as I know that I can always return to one place to get cooking tips or a discussion of small press marketing or whatever, I'm usually pretty happy. I just don't like when the blog is kind of all over the place. Then I feel like the writer really doesn't have any expertise and is just trying to get attention.

Good point. Nothing worse than your heartfelt interview wedged in amongst a brownie recipe. I do agree that blogs - unless they are an author's or reader's playground and don't offer reviews/interviews in which case why approach them for a review/interview? - then the blog should relate to writing in some form, or as you say be consistent in that they don't feature writing. I attended a spec fic convention and a NY times bestselling author said that her fans want to know about renovations and other things, not her writing. She has already won the, with her writing. Intersting food for thought.

I'm really interested in those questions too! In addition to authoring my own books, I also review those of other indie writers/publishers. The questions I ask tend to focus on the books themselves, but I'd be interested to see what other kinds of questions I should be asking.

I recently answered two series of questions for a magazine interview - the first round of questions were very generic, taken from my bio and interests which is info available on my website. Then she read my novel and the next round of questions were very specific to the novel. These ended up having more substance than the generic questions. I was able to show the blood and bones of the novel, in fact they seemed like the answers could be used as teacher's notes.


The answers that were written from a reviewer wanting to understand the novel were deep and meaningful. The original questions read like fairy water in comparison.


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