101 Interview Questions to Ask an Author

Rebecca Graf
5 min readMar 26, 2018

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Interviewing an author can be fun. It helps you as a reviewer get followers, and it helps authors get more readers. A big problem has grown over the last few years. Interviewers keep asking the same questions over and over.

As authors move from one interviewer to another, the same questions get repeated. If I followed on specific interviewer, I would start to get bored as they have the same cache of questions they give each author. Needless to say, I start to ignore them all because I’ll just hear the same old things.

Let me take one step back. It is good to have a list of questions to pull from. Sometimes we are frazzled and have trouble getting ideas on what to ask. There is nothing wrong with having a list of questions to help us or even to prompt our minds to come up with something even better.

When interviewing an author, please read their book ahead of time. I’ve made that mistake several times and regretted it. If you read the book, you can discover more questions to ask that will actually get a potential reader interested in buying the book. Talk about the book and try to avoid the generic questions.

Yes, the questions I have listed could be considered generic, but I have added quite a few that many interviewers don’t ask. Also, the intent is to assist you and spoon feed you. Use these to inspire you for more questions that are unique and entertaining. Remember that you are doing this to entertain and to help gain followers for you and readers for the author.

The following are the list of jumpstart questions for you. Enjoy and have fun as you do this.

  1. Tell us about your book.
  2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
  3. Who is your favorite character?
  4. How long did it take you to write the book?
  5. When did you realize you wanted to write books?
  6. Where do you get ideas for scenes?
  7. How often do you get to write?
  8. If you could pick actors for your characters for a movie who would play which character?
  9. What are you working on now?
  10. Best advice to give new writers.

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Rebecca Graf

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com