Horror Author Interview Questions
To get the best interview possible, it is crucial that the
interviewer knows as much as possible about the author. With that in mind, the interview should be
conducted after preliminary research is done.
That doesn’t meant you need to wait until then to arrange the
interview. It is usually best to provide
as much time as possible so the interviewee has time to slip you into their
Ask between 12 and 15 questions max. Questions are in
no particular order, so you can place questions in the order you would
like. Make sure to make up some that deal with the works you’ve read by
that author. The more probing the
questions, the more in-depth the answers you are likely to receive. Don’t feel chained to the questions. If an interesting topic comes up in the
course of the interview, run with it.
This is often how the best interviews happen.
General Background Questions
- As a
child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
do you do to unwind and relax?
us a bit about your family.
is your favorite food?
Questions About Writing
us your latest news.
and why did you begin writing?
did you first consider yourself a writer?
inspired you to pen your first novel?
or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
you have a specific writing style?
genre are you most comfortable writing?
- How did
you come up with the title for your book(s)?
there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
much of your work is realistic?
your works based on someone you know or events in your life?
are your current projects?
- Do you
recall how your interest in writing originated?
do you see as the influences on your writing?
you share a little of your current work with us?
there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
do you hope to take your writing in the future?
you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
is the hardest part of writing?
got you interested/started in writing?
long have you been writing?
advice would you give to writers just starting out?
you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
is your favorite author and why?
did you deal with rejection letters?
in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw
the cover of the finished product?
tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any upcoming
you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to
did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
long does it take you to write a book?
is your work schedule like when you're writing?
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
you take us through the steps for one of your books getting published?
do you get your information or ideas for your books?
did you write your first book and how old were you?
do you like to do when you're not writing?
does your family think of your writing?
was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
is your favorite of the books you have written?
you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
do you think makes a good story?
you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what
you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
- Is there
anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
books have most influenced your life?
you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
are you reading now?
new author has grasped your interest?
you think Americans are reading less than they have before? Why or why not?
one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
- How does your family and/or friends feel about your book or
writing venture in general?
you see writing as a long- or short-term career?
you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your
- Who is your favorite author and what is it that really
strikes you about their work?
Horror Genre Questions
do you feel about the horror boom of the 80’s and early 90’s?
about the horror genre interests you?
you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us?
was a time in your life when you were really scared?
was your first introduction to horror literature, the one that made you
choose that genre to write?
was the first horror book/story you remember reading?
is your favorite horror book?
is your favorite horror movie?
you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself,
that leaves you wondering where that came from?
your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite horror book and
why? And what is your favorite book outside of the horror genre?
you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the
products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?
you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines”
in your work?
the horror genre been affected by the events of Sept. 11?
draws people to horror novels? Why do we, as readers, like to be scared?
do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic
you feel any competitive pressure from horror films? If not, why not?
should fans of horror movies read horror books?
you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
perception of the horror writer is that he/she is just a little bit
weirder than most. Do you find yourself — and other horror writers — to be
more idiosyncratic than the average person?
is one stereotype about horror writers is absolutely wrong? What one
stereotype is dead on?
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