Author Interviews

By Kathrese McKee | ROW80

Laura A. Kurk

Laura A. Kurk

This week, I wrote my first Author Interview, and I thought it might be helpful to list the steps I took:

  1. Considered whether author interviews fit in with my blog’s focus. Not for this blog, certainly. But for my momsread blog, yes.
  2. Decided who I would invite. That seems weird, but I’ve run across websites that have an open invitation to any author who’s trying to build a “buzz” about their upcoming release. Since Momsread.com is about Young Adult fiction content and educational technology, authors of thrillers, Amish romance, and erotica need not apply. I decided to be more selective and only invite authors I’ve read and reviewed (and not all of them.)
  3. Altered the menu structure of my blog to accommodate the new type of post.
  4. Created a new page to list my author interviews in alphabetical order. Maybe there’s a better way to do this; it’s a low-tech list of links. Today, it’s a list of one link.
  5. Created a LONG list of potential questions. I tried to cover the basics, and then I branched out from there.  The questions went into a document. See the next step.
  6. Created an Author Interview Instructions document. This included:
    • A list of required information including: contact information, bio, picture, cover, publisher, agent, blurb, etc.
    • Instructions and suggestions regarding tone, number of questions, and interview word limits.
    • The list of potential questions and an invitation to make up a question he/she would like to answer.
  7. Created a new post design. I learned about taking advantage of my WordPress theme’s ability to put information into columns of text.

Laura Kurk, my lovely, fabulous critique partner, agreed to be the “guinea pig” for my first interview, and here’s the final result:

Meet Laura Anderson Kurk | momsread.com.

Do you have other suggestions to make this kind of post more interesting. Have you considered doing author interviews on your blog?

ROW80 Progress

  • Goal 1 – Outline! (Got to get busy on this.) I’m thinking about investing in Scrivener. What do you think?
  • Goal 2 – Post to this blog on Sunday. (Oops.)
  • Goal 3 – Post to momsread.com on Wednesday. (Make it Tuesday. Check)
  • Goal 4 – Post to christsreflections blog on Friday. (Made it last week. Now I’m working on this week’s post.)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day, every day. (So far, so good.)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs, averaged out from Monday through Saturday. (My records say I did this 10 times; 10 is better than 0.)
  • Goal 7 – Read at least one book (Done.)

Dear Reader,

Thanks for reading my post. Please leave a question or comment before you leave. 

Kathrese McKee

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.