Author Interview Questions

We know it can be hard to talk about yourself, this is why we have prepared an extensive set of questions you can use for the interview. We recommend answering a minimum of 20 questions; the more questions, the better.

Feel free to use your own questions as well.

  1. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
  2. Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?
  3. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
  4. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
  5. How important is research to you when writing a book?
  6. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
  7. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
  8. What inspires you to write?
  9. How often do you write?
  10. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
  11. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
  12. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
  13. Writers are often associated with loner tendencies;is there any truth to that?
  14. Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
  15. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
  16. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
  17. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
  18. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
  19. Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
  20. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
  21. Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
  22. Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
  23. Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
  24. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
  25. If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
  26. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
  27. Have you ever designed your own book cover?
  28. Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
  29. Do you attend literary lunches or events?
  30. How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?
  31. Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?
  32. Does a bad review affect your writing?
  33. Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
  34. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
  35. What did you want to become when you were a kid?
  36. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
  37. Which book inspired you to begin writing?
  38. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?
  39. Do you read any of your own work?
  40. Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
  41. Do your novels carry a message?
  42. How much of yourself do you put into your books?
  43. Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
  44. How realistic are your books?
  45. What books have influenced your life the most?
  46. Are there any books that you are currently reading and why?
  47. Have any new writers grasped your interest recently?
  48. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?
  49. Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
  50. It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?
  51. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
  52. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
  53. If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
  54. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
  55. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?
  56. Poets and writers in general, have a reputation of committing suicide; in your opinion, why is that the case?
  57. Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?
  58. Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?
  59. Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?
  60. From all that we have been hearing and seeing in the movies, most writers are alcoholics. Your views on that?
  61. Do you have a daily habit of writing?
  62. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
  63. Is it true that anyone can be a writer?
  64. People believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?
  65. Do you like traveling or do you prefer staying indoors?
  66. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?
  67. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?
  68. How does it feel when you don’t get the recognition you deserve?
  69. Do you enjoy book signings?
  70. Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?
  71. Have any of your books been adapted into a feature film?
  72. They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think?
  73. Which of your books took you the most time to write?
  74. Do you believe attractive book covers help in its sales?
  75. Have you ever marketed your own books yourself?
  76. Whose work do you enjoy reading the most?
  77. Name one book that you like most among all the others you have penned down.
  78. Do you believe it is more challenging to write about beliefs that conflict with the ones you hold yourself?
  79. Have you ever taken any help from other writers?
  80. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
  81. Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?
  82. What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about your specific genre?
  83. Are you satisfied with your success?
  84. Is writing book series more challenging?
  85. Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished?
  86. Are you “there” where you wanted to be?
  87. Are you a member of any writing committees; if yes, define your role?
  88. What do you do in your free time?
  89. Given the chance to live your life again, what would you change about yourself?
  90. Was it all too easy for you – the writing, the publication, and the sales?
  91. What is the secret to becoming a bestselling author?
  92. How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work?
  93. Writers are permanently depressed; how true is that?
  94. Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you?
  95. What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
  96. Are all writers rich?
  97. How did it feel when your first book got published?
  98. What is your motivation for writing more?
  99. Are you friends with other writers?
  100. Do you keep a diary?
  101. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography?
  102. Do you think you still have a story to tell to the readers?
  103. What does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do writers ever retire?
  104. Do writers become narcissists once their book starts to sell?
  105. How are your relations with your family? Do you like to stay in touch?
  106. Was there a time you were unable to write, At All?
  107. How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?
  108. Do you see the ‘writing germs’ in any of your family members?
  109. Do you prefer writing over reviewing the work of others?
  110. How critical are you in your evaluation when you are reviewing someone’s work?
  111. Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?
  112. Which book would you want adapted for the silver screen?
  113. Doesn’t it bother you that when books are turned into movies, they are often changed to suit the audience needs?
  114. How much of a say do you have when your books are being adapted into films?
  115. If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?
  116. Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind?
  117. Any particular writer in mind whom you would want to complete your unfinished works in the event of your death?
  118. Which writer’s work do you believe most resembles your work?
  119. Has it ever happened to you that someone published your story in their own name?
  120. Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
  121. Although all books say that all the characters in the book aren’t real or related, but are they really all fictional and made up?
  122. What other genres do you enjoy reading?
  123. ­Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?
  124. Have you ever written a story you wish you hadn’t?
  125. If you were to rate your best work, how would you rate it?
  126. Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
  127. Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
  128. Can you tell us about your current projects?
  129. When can the readers expect your next book in print?
  130. Are you working on something new at the moment?
  131. Have you received any awards for your literary works?
  132. Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier?
  133. Do you attend literary award ceremonies? Do you prepare a perfect speech for that?
  134. Did you ever change sentences more than five times just because it didn’t hit the right notes?
  135. Ever learned anything thing from a negative review and incorporated it in your writing?
  136. It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?
  137. What would you say is your biggest failure in life?
  138. Did you ever have a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense?
  139. You don’t have to be a writer in order to be an author – how true is that?
  140. Did you always know that you were destined for literary greatness, or you, as they say, “stumbled” upon it?
  141. Do contemporary writers have the kind of animosity that competitors in showbiz seem to have?
  142. Are you friends with any of your contemporaries? If yes, do you discuss your current projects with each other?
  143. If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
  144. How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?
  145. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
  146. Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?
  147. Have any of your past loves inspired characters in your books?
  148. Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse which inspired different books – does that apply in your case?
  149. In case one or any of your books honor the big screen, which book would you like it to be?
  150. Which book is the one you keep going back to again and again?
  151. Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?
  152. Were your parents supportive of your choice of career?
  153. Did you specifically plan your studies around your interest of writing?
  154. How many children do you have? Do you see any young writers in any of them?
  155. What advice would you like to pass on to young writers of today that is unconventional but true?
  156. If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
  157. If you were to watch your favorite book (which hasn’t been turned into a real life motion picture) turn into a movie, which would you choose? Or would you rather keep it stayed as a book?
  158. Which genre of book do you think should be most adopted for kids in school?
  159. Is today’s generation more aware of the literary art or less?
  160. If you’re writing about a city/country/culture you haven’t physically visited, how much research do you conduct before you start writing?
  161. What are your views about elaborate synopsis of books at the back of the cover? Do you think they reveal too much?
  162. Have you ever written a character with an actor in mind?
  163. How possessive are you about your work?
  164. Did you have a lot of differences with your editors in the beginning while you were still becoming used to getting your work edited?
  165. How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?
  166. Do you wish your first novel hadn’t been the first to introduce you to the world?
  167. If you had to rewrite any of the novels out there, which one would you choose? And do you think you’d do a better job than the writer?
  168. Have you ever written a character vaguely based off a real life acquaintance and they found out when they weren’t meant to? If yes, then please tell us, it would make a terribly interesting story!
  169. Do you have specific culture you like to write about?
  170. How often do you go on book tours?
  171. Tell us about an interesting or memorable encounter you had with a fan?
  172. Being an author, how susceptible are you to getting recognized on the street?
  173. Do you enjoy the attention fans shower you with, or would you rather keep it online?
  174. Is privacy an issue for you?
  175. Have you ever changed the ending of a series based off the reaction of your fans?
  176. What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
  177. Is there a genre you absolutely despise, or are written pieces all pieces of art and demand to be respected equally?
  178. Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?
  179. Do you plan on owning a publishing house?
  180. Do any of your family members make occasional cameos in your books?
  181. What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?
  182. How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?
  183. Do you encourage your children to read?
  184. Do you have a library at home?
  185. Do you think the charm of public libraries has toned down much in the last decade?
  186. What are the non-fiction genres you enjoy reading?
  187. Who’s your childhood literary superhero?
  188. Have you ever written fan-fiction?
  189. Do you read the fan-fiction your fans write online? And do you enjoy it?
  190. How liberal are you in term of expressing ideas in your books?
  191. Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?
  192. Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?
  193. What are your views on modern erotica? Have they completely dehumanized the idea, or is it better?
  194. Do you often meet with younger writers and discuss their ideas to help polish them?
  195. If you were given a teaching opportunity, would you accept it?
  196. Does fan mail still excite you as much as it did the first time you received it?
  197. Do you mentor?
  198. How often do you aim to send a specific message through your book and get 100% success?
  199. Which literary character do you most resonate with on a personal level?
  200. If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose and why?
  201. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?
  202. Did your first book tour befuddle you, or is being under the spotlight fun for you?
  203. Often, we are stuck in situations that we are not able to find a way out of. Have you ever incorporated a real life situation from your own experience into the book and made the character find a way out of it the way you could not?
  204. Do you often project your own habits onto your characters?
  205. Which character(s), created by you, do you consider as your masterpiece(s)?
  206. What is the biggest lie you have told in a book that you did not believe yourself?
  207. Were you a troublemaker as a child?
  208. How many siblings do you have? How many of them share your passion?
  209. Have you ever made a fake account to interact with fans over comments online to get some insights?
  210. How long do you take to write a book?
  211. How do you incorporate the noise around you into the story you are writing at the moment?
  212. Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober?
  213. What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
  214. Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?
  215. Do you blog?
  216. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
  217. DO you enjoy theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play?
  218. If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?
  219. And who is that one author you would love to write the biography of?