Suggested Author Interview Questions

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Here are the 16 best questions to ask an author during an interview

Ever wondered about your favorite author's writing process, schedule, where they get their ideas, or what kind of advice they would give to aspiring writers? Use this list of probing questions to find out! Perfect for an in-person interview, or a written exchange via email or letter.
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Suggested Author Interview Questions


Use this list of questions when preparing to interview an author.


  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
  2. How long does it take you to write a book?
  3. What is your real-life work schedule like when writing? 
  4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
  5. How do books get published?
  6. What are your favorite books to read?
  7. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
  8. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
  9. How do you create your main characters? 
  10. What might your next book be about?
  11. Can you describe your writing space?
  12. What would you say is the most difficult part of writing a book?
  13. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
  14. What does your family think of your writing?
  15. What types of questions do you ask yourself when planning a new book?
  16. Do you base your characters on real people?
  17. Have you experienced writer's block, and how do you handle it?
  18. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
  19. How important are book reviews? 
  20. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
  21. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
  22. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
  23. Do you like to create books for adults?
  24. What do you think makes a good story?
  25. What is your favorite part of being a writer? 
  26. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

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