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Hello everyone. Another fabulous Monday. Today let’s talk about something you are bound to come across on a regular basis. Blog Interviews.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, or a published author, you’ll come across many of these. So, what do you need to prepare? That depends on you and your author brand.

Here is a quick basic list:

  1. Author name
  2. Website
  3. Blog
  4. Social media sites
  5. Booklist and buy links
  6. Links to your cover art or copies of it
  7. An appropriate (PG-13 or R) excerpt for each book in rtf format

So , what can you expect?

That depends on who is interviewing you. Some standard questions about why you write what you write about, what started you writing in the first place, writing preferences, and questions that are tailored to your genre.

Some people love to ask some really fun questions. Here is one of my favorites: “Describe yourself in 5 words or less.”

The point is it’s the interviewer’s choice which questions to ask. You either answer them, or tell them you’d rather not answer certain ones.  It’s a partnership.

Let’s see… what other tips can I share? Oh! When you ask to interview an author, give them a time frame and be fair about it. Remember, most authors are busy people, either taking care of their families and living real life experiences, or writing and editing. Give them a decent time frame to respond in. Say two or three weeks minimum.

Authors love to be interviewed and talk about all their hard work bearing fruition.  Busy people, busy schedules. Life for an author, especially a full time author is hectic. So respect that they will need ample time to respond. Growing strong connections is a great way to keep the writing community strong and tight knit.

So, do any of my wonderful followers have anything you would like to add to this discussion? Feel free to speak up. I love hearing from you and learning from you, as much as you enjoy learning from me. 🙂

About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

4 responses »

  1. Great post. I’d also be interested in hearing about how and who you approached on being a guest on a blog.

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