Perhaps you haven't had any of these experiences, but in the off-chance that you do one day, I thought I would share this list of 42 questions that you may enjoy asking authors or answering yourself should it be your turn to blog and you're drawing a blank for various reasons.
Feel free, in the comments, to answer any of these questions yourself. Everybody pick one!
1. What do new acquaintances do when they find out you're an author? How do they usually find out?
2. Do you like booksignings, writers' conferences, and otherwise appearing in public as your author self?
3. How has your career or your writing day changed due to all the changes in the industry right now? Can you see your "job requirements" changing more in the next five or so years?
4. If you weren't a writer, what would you be besides wealthier and possessed of a great deal more free time? Oops, am I making not-writing sound very appealing? Okay, what would you be besides empty and depressed because you weren't telling lies for fun and profit?
5. Is writing your primary outlet for creativity or do you have others you'd like to share?
6. What's one very annoying thing about being an author?
7. What's the most appealing thing about a writing career that keeps you going back for more, time and again?
8. What's the biggest "outpouring" of writing you can remember--marathon writing sessions, etc--and how did you recover from your hyperproductivity? (Note: if you are always hyperproductive, skip this question, because I hate you.)
9. What was the most marked creative or writer's block you can remember having, and how you did you recover from your brain drought?
10. What do your family and friends think about your writing career?
11. Let's say you were going to be devoid of a computer, the internet or any type of word processor for a year, but you would have an ample supply of pens, pencils and paper. Would you keep writing?
12. If you would keep writing, what if you were also going to be devoid of research materials for that year? How would you write around that?
13. Let's say you wouldn't even have paper and... Ok, let's not say that. This is an interview, not a nightmare counselling session. Speaking of which, in your current WIP, what do you think your protagonists would have nightmares about and why?
14. What might your protagonists seek counselling about and why?
15. What author would you like to interview, and what would you ask him or her?
16. What's the strangest thing that has inspired a story idea in you? (The story doesn't have to be published yet...it can be still a story germ.)
17. What's the best or most interesting research you've ever done for your fiction?
18. Where's the most remote-from-you location you've set a story and what did you do to research that?
19. What television programs or movies would you say bear the most resemblance to the type of books you write?
20. What's one of your least favorite parts of writing a new story?
21. What's one of your most favorite parts of revising an existing story?
22. Of all the fictional worlds you've created, where would you most want to visit and why?
23a. Of all the fictional protagonists you've created, who would you most want to go on vacation with and why? 23b. What about if you had a lot of work to do around the house? 23c. And what about if you were flunking the maths?
24. What is your ideal writing environment?
25. What less than ideal writing environment do you have to settle for?
26. How many fistfights have you put in your stories?
27. How many stories have you written in which the world was saved?
28. And what's your current in-story body count?
29. If you were going to write a story set in your hometown, how would you cleverly disguise the people you know so nobody would sue you? Or maybe you shouldn't tell us that part...
30. If you were going to write or already have written "your" version of a fairy tale, what fairy tale would you choose and how would you juggle things around?
31. Weather extremes: where have they shown up in your books and how have you relied on your own experience to share them?
32. How have you used something from your childhood memories to bring something in one of your novels alive?
33. How many times have you managed to work cats into your novels? What about gnomes?
34. Let's say your next book is going to be entirely from the point of view of the protagonists' cat. How do you think your authorial "voice" might change?
35. Would you need more or less money up front if the book was going to be from the point of view of the dog? I mean, it would be a lot shorter that way, with much smaller words, and the butt-sniffing would inject some base humor, but still. There's a higher chance a book by or about a dog would be a literary let-down, so it would be a risk for your reputation. Thoughts?
36. What's on your TBR shelf?
37. What's for dinner?
38. Do you like any household chores at all? Which one do you most revile?
39. Do you like my hat?
40. What kind of hat are you wearing?
41. What kind of tool are you? (I am probably a monkey wrench. For obvious reasons.)
42. What's the meaning of life?
Come on...let's see if we can get all 42 q's answered! By someone other than me.
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