Thursday, March 31, 2011

Questions, Challenges, & Conferences

In Monday's post, I asked you to share questions that you'd like to ask your favorite author. As always, you came through splendidly, offering fun and unique questions. Here they are:

Wendy wanted to know who their favorite character to write was, and why.

Jennifer S. is interested in writing routines and time frames - how long did the book take to write?

Susan W. wonders about their favorite kind of writing.

Jules asked, "Does the toilet paper roll go over the top or...?" (This really can tell a lot about someone, you know.)

Joylene brings another important one to the table. How does one maintain their faith and keep going after many rejections?

Arlee wants to know, "When is it time to give up on an idea, if there ever is a time?" Robyn voices a similar thought, particularly if the project has years invested in it.

Marja wonders what the biggest struggle in the writing process is.

"What do they do to relax?" Hilary asked something I was wondering too.

Here's another good one. Jennifer B. asks,"If your life could be summed up in a book title, what would it be?"

Warren says, "What do you read? How do you research? How do you keep track of your ideas, thoughts, notes?"

Time management is on Cecelia's mind. She wants to know how they manage to keep it together in this way.

Lisa and Donna are curious about the best writing advice this author has ever received.

"I always like to know what motivates an author to write, as well as their process," says Susan R.

Lydia posed this question, "What writing habit do you have that you think others would benefit in their own writing?"

Carla's curious about how writers balance a small business and their writing.

Cheryl wants to know, "What is the most unusual thing you've done in the name of research?

Terri's looking to find insight on this one. "Did you want to give up often?

Rhonda's thoughts are similar. She wonders how they stay encouraged and fresh, how they hang in there and don't give up.

Angela offered this thought, "A question I'd ask is how much their life changed once they went from writer to author, both how they looked at the industry and their part in it, and how it affected their personal life."

"How much money did you have in the bank when you quit your day job and decided to write full time? Or, did you just take a leap of faith out over the gaping chasm of tomorrow, and trust the Lord?" Good thinking, Jeanette!

Lynn says, "I always like to know how many books the author has written (and in a special place in her closet) before they were published."

What a wonderful list of questions. Thank you all so much! Perhaps this will inspire someone to do an interview...:)

A to Z Challenge

April is the featured month for the A to Z Challenge sponsored by some of my blogging friends. To jump into the fun, stop by the blog of Arlee Bird, Alex Cavanaugh, Jen Daiker, or Stephen Tremp. Challenge begins April 1; it should be a great adventure!

Conference Info                                               

Write to Publish Conference, Wheaton, IL, June  8- 11, 2011

Romance Writers of America, NY, NY,  June 28 - July 7, 2011

American Christian Fiction Writers, St. Louis, MO, September 22 - 25, 2011

Thank You

It's been a great Blogoversary month; thanks for celebrating with me! This week's winner will be posted on Saturday, and then I will be taking a break for a bit. See you on or around April 11.

With all these great questions floating around, are you tempted to contact your favorite author for an interview? If you could interview anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Happy weekend,


  1. I thought you were going to be answering all the questions! :)

  2. Over 800 participants in the Challenge now!

  3. Hi Karen! Gosh, I missed your blogaversary and the cool questions. Enjoy your break and I'll "see" you when you get back! BTW, will you be attending the Christian Writers conference in St. Louis in September? I'd love to meet you.

  4. Laura,
    Well, I'm not a famous author. Yet. :P

    That's great news! Looking forward to it.

    Thank you! I wasn't planning on attending that one, but you never know. My ship may come in and make it possible! :)


  5. I'm sorry I missed the Blogaversary, too--especially all the giveaways! BUT, I did get to peruse a couple wonderful interviews.

    Have a wonderful break, Karen!

  6. What fun to see all the questions featured together! I would love to have been able to meet and interview Beatrix Potter. She started something really special, with her picture books... I wonder how true the movie, Miss Potter was to her real life.

  7. You ask such wonderful, fun and thought-provoking questions. I'm sorry I missed the last one.
    If I could interview anyone, living or deceased? Jesus. Yes, I get to pray and I listen for His voice, but sometimes I think having a sit down/or walk alongside conversation would be really cool. I'm kind of looking forward to a moment like that in heaven.
    I don't know that it would really be an interview, but I know I have questions that only Jesus can answer.

  8. It was interesting reading all the questions. Sure got my mind thinking. Wow, did the month go by fast or what! Thanks, Karen.

  9. This is my first go with the A-Z Challenge. It is a bit daunting, but I'm working ahead of time to get things ready. We'll see!

  10. Cathy,
    There's still time to get in on Monday's giveaway if you want. Just check out the post!

    Now that would be an interesting interview! She did start something special.

    Thank you. :) I agree, asking Jesus questions face to face would be a good thing. Someday!

    I know, it really made me think. Yes, March did seem to fly by!

    Looking forward to reading your posts! Don't think I'll make it around to all of them. Wonder if there is a prize if you manage that feat?


  11. The A to Z Challenge sounds like a lot of fun. If my life weren't so unpredictable . . . Well, I'll sleep on it.

  12. Now that's a hard question. I would want to interview a couple of different authors, two in particular.
    Enjoy your break-- I'm using mine to catch up!

  13. Lots of great author questions there. Thanks for posting them.

    As for which author I'd like to interview most, I'd have to go with Jane Austin. In a time when men mostly ruled, she must have had so many obstacles in her way to write. She'd have a wealth of determination to share, I'm sure.

  14. I often wonder what to ask authors when I interview them. I will come here to steals questions, if you don't mind.

  15. Hi Karen -

    Great questions! I love doing interviews, but sometimes have to dig deep for a good question. :)


  16. Cassandra,
    I know, I debated a lot about it myself but decided to pass. Been trying to back off and complete some projects and retain my sanity. ;) Hoping to do it next year!

    I know, there are so many good ones out there, plus other people who aren't writers but would be great to ask a few questions. :)

    Good to see you back! Hope all is well. Jane Austen - yes, what a great interview that would make! :)

    You are more than welcome to them! That's the idea I had in mind, really. I can use inspiration from time to time and this will be a great help!

    Susan R.,
    Yes, I agree, everyone came up with such good ones! I hear ya, me too. Try to be creative sometimes and it just falls flat. This will be a help.

    Blessings all,

  17. Great questions, Karen. Have a lovely weekend.

  18. Who would I interview? I'm drawing a blank right now. I thought the list of questions that your readers came up with was very interesting, though.

    I sure hope you have a lovely break. Wishing you a mocha from my house in Irish territory to yours just off the bypass.

    Bless you!


  19. It was very interesting to read all those great author questions. Thanks. Hope you enjoy the A to Z challenge. I'm hoping to have some fun with it too.

  20. Rachna,
    I agree, so many good ones! Happy weekend to you too!

    Well, I'm thinking I might want to interview you! It would be fun. We'd have to meet at the coffeehouse of course. :)

    They are great, aren't they? :) Happy to share them with everyone, and everyone was gracious to share them with me!


  21. These are some really good questions! I love the question about summing up your life in a book title!

    Have a great weekend! Thanks for the enjoyable post!

  22. Now A to Z has passed 1100 sign-ups. Unbelievable!

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  23. Great summary of the various suggestions! And a great way to make your readers feel "featured" on your great blog! Thanks!

    Who would I interview? That changes with each book I read. But, for right now, I'm really enamored with the writing of British theologican N.T. Wright, so I would want to interview him. He output is so prodigous as to give the impression that he writes more books than he reads! He makes the events in Jesus life come alive with such relevant application. So for now, I'll say N.T. Wright.

  24. And, as to one of your last statements, yes, I do feel a bit motivated to at least try to do a written interview with this author!


  25. Alisa,
    It was a great bunch of questions, wasn't it? Yes, I liked that one in particular too. :)

    The numbers are amazing! You've done a great job with this Challenge. Congrats!

    Thank you! It was a blessing to receive so much input. Where would I be without my followers? A great bunch indeed. Looking forward to seeing that interview with Mr. Wright! :)

    Happy weekend,

  26. What a great collection of questions! Do you plan to do anything further with it? It does inspire me to do an author interview!

  27. Margo,
    Yes, will refer to these for future interviews, I'm thinking. Also have an idea or two for a future post. Great to see you!


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