Meet the author

For Authors

If you are a paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy/horror writer, I’d love to feature you in my weekly ‘Meet the Author’ blog as I love to help my fellow authors in any way I can.

I do have a set of requirements for your work before I advertise it, in order to maintain a certain standard I offer my blog readers. Please answer the following questions about your work:

  • Are your eBooks and/or printed books available on Amazon, KOBO, and/or iTunes?
  • Does your work have at least four-stars reviews?
  • Are your books professionally edited and/or do they have a high standard of grammar and punctuation?

If you can answer all three questions with a firm ‘yes,’ then please continue to read.

Below is a list of requests for your interview. Once I receive your details, I will check if the standard of your book(s) fulfill the requirement as well as if your social media links work. I reserve the right not to post your author interview. Please don’t email me to ask me if or when it will be posted (I’m not that organized and am always short on time). When I post your interview, you will receive an email from me to inform you of the fact and to ask you to check it for any typos and/or wrong information (which I will change as soon as possible after you let me know). In case you’d like me to post your interview on a certain date due to a new release, you can let me know in the email with your details. I can’t guarantee it will happen on this date.

The interview on my website will automatically be posted on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. I will manually post it in Pinterest under my name. Feel free to share all of these social media posts far and wide!

In compliance with the European GDPR (in effect 28 May 2018), I need to inform you that once your interview has been posted online, your file on my computer will be deleted, but your details will remain stored in the WordPress database of my website to be able to keep the author interview post visible. By sending me your social media contact details, you agree with this fact. If any of the social media contact details you have provided are no longer accurate, please contact me asap, so I can amend or delete them.

Perhaps it is best to copy/paste from here into a Word document which you can then send to me by email. Remember to answer your questions in a different color 🙂

Author Interview

 Insert a photo of yourself (at least 300×300 pixels).

Write a short biography (one paragraph).

Pick ten questions to answer from the list below, at least one from all three sections, and answer them in a different color (so I can find your answers easily). Aim for a total of about 1000-1200 words.

Don’t forget to insert the social media contacts at the end 🙂 .

Questions about you as a writer

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know? Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? What do you like to do in your free time (not reading)?

What is the most amusing/exciting thing that has ever happened to you?

What is your favorite childhood book, and why?

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing? Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be/if you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

What is your all-time favorite book? What book that you have read has most influenced your life? What impact have they had on your writing?

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Who is/are your favorite author(s)? How much is your work influenced by his or her works?

Who is the most famous author you have ever met?

What made you want to become a writer?

What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?

What do you love most about the writing process?

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

What do your friends and family think of your writing? Do they support your career as a writer?

How long have you been writing?

What does your typical writing day look like? How many hours a day do you write?

Pen or typewriter or computer?

Do you write alone or in public?

Music or silence?

Goals of certain # of words a week or when inspiration strikes?

Do you outline or just write?

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

What is your favorite genre? Why?

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, could you please share an example?

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work (be creative!)?

What is your favorite place to write? Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

What is your writing Kryptonite? Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why? Criteria:

  1. One fictional character from your book
  2. One fictional character from any other book
  3. One famous person that is not a family member or friend

What does literary success look like to you?

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

If you could write about anyone (fiction or non-fiction), who would you write about?

If your life were a movie, what would you call it? What would the theme song be?

If you could go anywhere, be anyone, do anything for 24 hours, what would it be?

If you had to write yourself as a heroine, what kind of heroine would you be? What would you be named?

If you had to write yourself as a villain, what kind of villain would you be? What would you be named?

If you could travel through time to visit a special time period or famous person, what or who would it be and why?

Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?

Do consider yourself to be a successful writer? If yes, why? If not, what do you think would make you successful?

Is your ‘being an author’ a goal achieved or an accident?

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym, and if yes, why?

What period of your life do you find you write about most often (child, teenager, young adult)?

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

Questions about your current writing

What is/are your book(s) about? Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

What genre do you consider your book(s)? Have you considered writing in another genre?

What is your writing style?

Does your book have a lesson? Moral?

What gives you inspiration for your book(s)? How did you come up with the idea for (insert name of your book)? Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

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

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

What have you put most of your effort into regarding writing?

Do you try to be original in your storytelling or to deliver to readers what they want?

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.

Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?

Do you want each book to stand on its own or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

How do you select the names of your characters? Are your characters based on real people?

What was your hardest scene to write? What was the hardest part of writing your last book?

What is your favorite part of the book?

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

Out of the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one do you feel you relate to the most?

If you could spend time with a character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please 🙂

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?

What would be the ideal date for your character <name> in your book <title>?

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

What did you edit out of this book?

When you develop characters, do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Are you working on another book? What are your current projects? Can you give us a small teaser?

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Have you written any other books that are not published?

What do your plans for future projects include?

Questions about (indie) publishing

did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

What has your experience been like as a new indie author? Bruises, Highlights, and lessons?

What writing/publishing wisdom would you bestow upon new writers?

What do you find the best way to market your books?

Do you do book tours, and if yes, what’s your experience?

Do you do book fairs, and if yes, what’s your experience?

Do you send out a newsletter, and if yes, what’s your experience?

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

How do author friends help you become a better writer?

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

What are the most important magazines/websites for writers to subscribe to?

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

What has been the best compliment?

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment as a writer?

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

What do your fans mean to you?

What motivated you to become an indie/published author? How did you break into publishing?

Social Media Details

Where can we find you online? (only share what you want to make public)

Email:

Website:

Twitter:

Facebook:

Instagram:

Pinterest:

Mastodon:

Tumblr:

YouTube:

Amazon Author page:

KOBO book page(s):

iTunes book page(s):

Anywhere else where your book(s) is/are for sale:

Please email your author interview (photo, biography, questions & answers, and social media details) with the subject heading ‘author interview‘ to:

jackydahlhaus@gmail.com

Follow me on a journey of words

%d bloggers like this: