Something rather unusual happened the other day - somebody wanted to interview me about one of my novels, (Scales)!
The someone was Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show (http://www.writingshow.com/), a website which produces podcasts for downloading. She liked the book a lot and wanted to ask me lots of questions about it. It was an interesting experience but rather hard work, as I'm not very introspective about the way I write my stories - I just sit down and write them - but it did cause me to think about what I did and why.
The interview should be available for downloading in about a week. In the meantime, I've posted some thoughts about it on my blog (http://sciencefictionfantasy.blogspot.com/ ).
July 21st, 2007, 03:34 PM
Tell us more about the experience, if you would Tony. Authors are having to do more video and podcast interviews as part of promotion and because of interest from sites like this one, so I'm sure that everyone is very curious about it.
July 21st, 2007, 03:50 PM
I had met Paula via the LinkedIn community (a sort of MySpace for professionals) and she expressed interest in my book, so I sent her a review copy. She really enjoyed it, and asked if she could interview me for the show. Naturally I jumped at it - any opportunity for publicity is not to be missed!
As she lives in the US and I live in the UK we had to do it over the phone, with some juggling of time zones. A few days beforehand, she sent me a list of the kind of questions she was interested in exploring. These covered such topics as: where the idea for the book came from, how I structured it and why, what drives the story forward, why I chose a straight chronological approach and whether I had considered any others, the use of climaxes in the story (no, not that kind :rolleyes: ), how I planned the book, where I thought it fitted within SF, and so on.
I started by giving a general synopsis of the story and also read a couple of pages. The interview lasted for almost an hour, and although I was a bit anxious beforehand I found it very stimulating - it took me quite a while to wind down afterwards! I should confess, however, that in a previous existence I had done some public speaking and also had some interview training, so I guess it was easier for me than it would be for most.
July 30th, 2007, 08:13 AM
The interview with Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show about Scales is now available for downloading as a podcast here: http://writingshow.com/?p=306
Mental note - if I ever get interviewed again, I must acquire a microphone and so on, rather than talk over a telephone - it sounds much better!