Monday, June 07, 2010
Authors submit to interviews whenever and wherever possible. After all, we're constantly told that it's important for us to achieve name recognition. And it's sort of fun--at least initially. But after a while we find ourselves answering the same questions over and over. I'm guilty of this when I'm on the other side of the interview process, setting up an interview for this blog. I try to interview interesting people--mostly authors, because that's the world in which I move nowadays--but I must confess that it's tough for me to find something new to ask them.
Book critic Rel Mollet, in the "land down under," has a great website in which she reviews books, posts character sketches, and interviews authors, and she does a very good job of it. I recently completed one of Rel's interviews and found it to be both fun and fascinating. Even my brother-in-law told me that he felt like he knew me better after reading this interview, so Rel succeeded when she crafted the questions.
But that brings me back to my original question. If an interview lets you "inside" a personality, are you more likely to watch their movie, buy their book, attend a sporting event that features them? I'll be interested to see your opinions. Meanwhile, I've just agreed to do a couple of podcasts, which are the 21st century equivalent of an interview I guess. I'll post details on them later. After all, I'm sure you'll want to catch those interviews.