I've been spending a good chunk of time following various bookish conversations on Twitter. Namely, organized chats like Follow the Reader (Sponsored by NetGalley) and #BBlog (brainchild of My Friend Amy). It's a lot of fun to get together with other readers and talk about blog stuff and book stuff, so I've become quite the Twitter-chat addict.
Recently, I asked some of the #bblog chatters why so many readers dislike or skip author Q&As when they surf their feed readers. We're readers, after all, so why WOULDN'T we want to know more about our favorite authors??? I've always been a fan of author Q&As, and we used to spend a good bit of time wrangling notable writers to interview at the Estella's Revenge E-Zine; authors like Billy Collins, Markus Zusak, Audrey Niffenegger and others.
The majority of #bblog contributors said that interviewers tend to ask the same questions over and over again, thus the reading of them becomes boring and mundane. I can't say that I disagree with this point. One can only ask, "What's your writing routine?" so many times. I've been guilty of this myself, but this conversation with my fellow bloggers really lit a fire under me to be a BETTER INTERVIEWER!
With this goal in mind, I'm starting a new and ongoing feature here at Estella's Revenge called Outspoken Interviews. Personally, I looooove knowing what my favorite authors have to say, so that covers my first criteria: To interview MY favorite authors (and hope that you like 'em too).
The second criteria was to keep things short and sweet. Five questions. Only five questions.
The third: ask questions that haven't been asked eleventy billion times, which involves research. Quite a bit of it.
Today's post is meant to introduce this feature, but it's also to properly introduce Marilyn Johnson. She's really a remarkable writer and a remarkable woman, and as you can tell, I'm terribly fond of her and her work. If you don't mind, you can revisit my review here, and of course I recommend visiting Johnson's site to read more about her books, check out existing interviews, and even read her essays on books!
I hope you'll visit me again tomorrow for my first Outspoken Interview with Marilyn Johnson.