20 Questions: Have you ever interviewed an author?
I was recently invited to host an interview with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kate Jacobs (of The Friday Night Knitting Club fame). I was thrilled at such an opportunity (my first!) and hastily agreed. After committing, something dawned on me: Unless being a rabid reader, blogger, and nosey parker were qualifications, I was completely unprepared for such an undertaking. To interview an author, I’d have to actually think up some relevant and (hopefully) intelligent questions while trying not to sound like a blithering, green idiot or fawning, servile fan.
Calling on the skills I have honed after working for more than ten years in a high school–listen, listen, listen, don’t try to be cool, employ humor where you can, ask questions, reserve judgment, and then listen some more–I whipped up a solid list of questions in a few hours. The fact that I’ve read and enjoyed all of Jacobs’s novels also helped. What proved challenging was culling the list of questions!
I didn’t want to overwhelm Jacobs with a dozen questions that she’s answered a hundred times over and wanted to make sure that I covered all of her novels. I aimed to find a balance between her books, her life and interests, and side or future projects. I asked questions that I wanted to know the answers to–things that I hope other readers want to know too! Did I achieve my goal? Stop by in two weeks and you can be the judge!
Now, in my trademark educator style, I’ll throw some questions out and listen to you: Have you had the opportunity to interview an author? Who’s your dream author interview?