This week's weekly geek topic:
How do I feel about author interviews?! Well, to be honest, I don't seek them out. If I see an author interview on a blog already in my reader, then, I'll probably check it out. At least glance it over to see what it has to offer. But I don't actively seek out author interviews.
- Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not?
- Do you interview authors on your blog? If yes what did you gain from the interview process? If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet?
- Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones?
- Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?
- Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author?
I have interviewed authors on my blog. (On Becky's Book Reviews). But I've stepped back from doing that. I won't say you'll never see another author interview. (I don't like to say never about anything). But my emphasis is more on reviews now.
I think there are two main types of interviews. I think there are times where a blogger is so genuinely excited and passionate about a book, about an author, that there's an enthusiasm carried over into the interview. And then there are interviews that seem to lack that thrill.
Author Blogs. For me to subscribe, I actually have to like the content. I need to find it interesting or entertaining. There's a definite distinction between authors who blog solely to promote their own books....and authors who blog because they like blogging, like the community, like sharing various aspects of their lives. I would DEFINITELY subscribe to the last, but would skip the promotional blogs.
As for favorite interviews...
Kathi Appelt day 1, day 2