Saturday, November 2, 2013

Words With Writers - 20 Fantastic (& Crazy) Interview Questions for Authors

Hi all!

Normally I'm here every other Saturday interviewing authors. Today I wanted to share with you some interview questions that you may ask authors if you're looking to interview them but you can't think of any good ones. Then after, I'm going to list a few wacky and crazy interview questions. Use them if you dare!

Great Interview Questions

1. What does your writing process look like?
2. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
3. What book do you wish you could have written?
4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
5. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
6. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
7. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
9. Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write?
10. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
11. If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
12. Are you a plotter or a pantster?
13. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
14. What is your best marketing tip?
15. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
16. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
17. Do you have a favorite conference to attend? What is it?
18. Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
19. Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)
20. What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Crazy Questions That No One Ever Asks Authors

1. Do you write naked?
2. What is your biggest failure?
3. What is the biggest lie you've ever told?
4. Have you ever been in trouble with the police?
5. Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?
6. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
7. Do you drink? Smoke? 
8. What is your biggest fear?
9. What do you want your tombstone to say?
10. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
11. If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?
12. What literary character is most like you?
13. What secret talents do you have?
14. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
15. If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
16. What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
17. If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
18. Do you have any scars? What are they from?
19.What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?
20. Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

What do you think? Would you answers any of these crazy questions? What other interview questions have you found that authors love?


  1. Great lists of questions - thank you! Some I've been using for a while, and some hadn't occurred to me. (And some, I wouldn't dare to ask!) On the "crazy" list, I actually have asked about people's dream vacation, or one place they'd love to visit (the "before you die" part was implied.) Another fun one for the crazy list: If they ever made a movie about your life, which actor should play you?

  2. I blogged about your post! I've added some of your questions (especially the FUN ones) to my author interview questions list!

  3. thanks this really helped me

  4. I loved this post. Your questions are brilliant. I must admit i have stolen a few THANKYOU :)

  5. Super. It's important to have good interview questions. These are a great cross-section the interviewee can choose from. Inspiring for both the writer and the reader. I love the crazy questions too. Thank you.

  6. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

  7. excellent questions. I just started a book review blog and i needed some crazy questions to ask the writers...this list is just great!

  8. Ha! Interesting list, thank you for sharing these.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing! You're a big help. :)

  10. I was looking around for a list of questions I could answer on my blog in order to help people get to know me better as a writer and both of these lists are great. So thank you.

  11. Love these interview questions! Writers are amazing, thinking, creative artists. They deserve having the best questions to answer about their work and their lives.

  12. Thank you a lot for sharing these! I used 2 to interview an amazing author!