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August 18, 2011

Have You Ever Been Interviewed?

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Today I’m being interviewed at two different blogs.  This is only the second time I’ve done interviews for my writing (the first time is linked here), but I’ve decided I really enjoy them.

I don’t mean that in a narcissistic, oh-I’m-so-important way.  Rather, I get a kick out of seeing what other people ask about.  For example, these two interviews today have completely different questions, so I don’t repeat myself in the slightest.

Sometimes we think one aspect of our lives, personality, or work is interesting, but the interviewer goes in a different direction.  I love that unpredictability, at least with written questions.

Written interviews are great for writers because we can tweak the answer to make sure we don’t say anything stupid, incomprehensible, or my personal favorite, unintentionally double-entendre-ish.  We can make sure our answers reflect our voice and that we’re not rambling too much.

I haven’t done any spoken interviews like podcasts yet, and I’m not sure how I’ll do with them.  I might start punching the air, looking for the delete button.  *smile*

The first interview is at Matt Shield’s blog.  Matt and I first met on Twitter last year, and we’ve compared notes in the past on non-stereotypical heroes, no-win situations, and the like.  We’ve joked about being Tron BFFs, and he’s helped me brainstorm a plot point.  In short, he’s a sharp guy and he asks some great questions in the interview, so go check it out.

The second interview is actually part of a Friday Follow feature at Rachel Russell’s blog.  Yes, she was gracious enough to post her feature interview early, just so everyone here could check it out.  She asked a lot of fun questions, including one that really caught me unprepared.  I attempted to answer it spur of the moment to see how well I could think on my feet.  Come see if I succeeded or failed.

Have you ever been interviewed?  Was it written or spoken (or have you done both)?  How do you think you did?  Did you enjoy it?  If you’ve done both, which did you enjoy more?

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Marc Vun Kannon

I’ve been interviewed over the phone, which was my least favorite, in writing, and live in studio on a radio program, which I liked a lot. The first studio interview I did ran three times longer than it should have since the follow-up DJ was late, but I was able to keep talking and sound intelligent, even at midnight! The written interviews had a number of interesting and divergent questions, some were fairly standard but some do go off into unexplored territory. It shows that the host actually read the book!

Susan Sipal

Great interview, Jami! And now you’ve got me thinking about steamy scenes between a knight and a shape-shifting dragon! Seriously, has that ever been done before? What kind of cracked mind would come up with something like that? 🙂

I like written interviews because, like you say, I can always edit!

Shain Brown

No, until now I haven’t even considered it, maybe due to the fear factor. But I can understand how much fun it could be, I mean what better way than to spend time talking about our writing.
I guess the part that terrifies me is being in front of a group of people and talking about myself, but if this is what we want to do, then the time will come where we must swallow that lump and go for it.

Jami, you always do such an amazing job creating new content. Thanks.

Suzi McGowen

I’ve been interviewed on the phone for a non-writing thing. That’s when I decided I couldn’t be trusted to be live interviewed 🙂 I said things that I would say with friends, but not things that I necessarily wanted in print. Great article and I love the interviews and bios 🙂

M.E. Anders
M.E. Anders

I was also interviewed on Matt Shield’s blog a couple weeks ago. I just read your interview there – loved getting to learn more about you as a writer.

I agree – I prefer written interviews to audio interviews any day. I utilize my delete key…a bit too frequently. 🙂

Tamara LeBlanc
Tamara LeBlanc

Hi there!
I’ve been interviewed about three or four times as a writer, and yep, they were written interviews so, whew…I got to think long and hard about my answers before I gave them.
I loved the entire process. Three of the interviews were totally different. I was asked things I never even thought of and had fun answering the cooky questions. The fourth was a basic writer’s interview for a blog and even though there were no off the wall questions it was still fun.
I’d do it again too. Interviews help get my name out there, but I also like when commentors ask questions. Now that’s cool!
I’ll have to check out these interviews you did. Thanks for the links!
Have a great evening:)
Tamara

Joanna Aislinn

Nice post, Jami. Looking forward to following your links (and not getting squirrel– I mean side–tracked along the was, lol.

I’ve done mostly written interviews–love some of the unique questions I’ve come across! My personal challenge is keeping responses brief. Too easy to go off on a me-backstory dump, know what I mean?

Guess I did one spoken stint: over the phone relative to a local paper’s review. The woman didn’t listen well.

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Gene Lempp

I’ve never been interviewed but I have read and viewed quite a few. I think I’d prefer written interviews for the same reasons you list, the edit “feature”.

Good interviews, Jami. Very fun 🙂

Catie Rhodes

I have never been interviewed. If I handle it half as gracefully as you did on both of those blogs, I’ll be okay…I think. Once I quit shaking. Being under scrutiny makes me wonder when the earth is going to open and swallow me. Thanks for sharing your interviews. 😀

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