Interview Questions Wanted

I am going to be a guest on April Robins’  Blog Radio show Red River Writers Live — Savvy Designs on Thursday, January 7 at 12:30 pm CST, and I need to supply ten interview questions. A few of those questions have to relate to the facebook groups I moderate or co-moderate, and the rest are up to me. I like a freewheeling interview, where we just talk rather than do a Q&A, but I can see that some guidelines would help. I will talk about my Facebook groups and how I ended up as moderator for four of them. And I will talk about how generous the members of all the groups have been with their time and expertise during the discussions, but beyond that? Haven’t a clue. If I were still in my blog tour/self-promotion phase,  I could feed April questions about my books, but that phase seems to have passed. I’m just me again, not an author on tour, and so I’m plumb out of questions.

Any suggestions?

Oh, and if you haven’t yet joined one of my Facebook groups, I am extending a personal invitation. Well, it’s more of an impersonal invitation, since I’m posting it here and not sending it to you individually, but still, it’s an invitation.

Suspense/Thriller Writers

Second Wind Publishing

Genre Book Club

Help Support Independent Publishers

And, of course, there is my live chat on Thursday evening at 9:00 pm ET. Always a lively discussion! So, feel free to join this group, too: No Whine, Just Champagne.

10 Responses to “Interview Questions Wanted”

  1. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    Oh, but you’re always an author now, Pat, never “just me again”. So at least one of those questions has to be about your current book. You can’t pass up a handed-to-you-on-a-platter opportunity for promotion, can you?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Carol, I guess you’re right — one cannot unbecome an author any more than one can unring a bell! Of course one of the questions should be about my current book. See? I told you I was plumb out of questions, even the obvious ones.

  2. Donna B. Russell Says:

    How about:

    1. Have you written, or would you consider writing, a children’s book?

    2. What are your writing goals for 2010?

    3. What is the most common question you are asked by fans or would-be writers?

    4. How do you balance your time between writing, including moderating 4 blogs, and other day-to-day responsibilities? Do you have a written schedule or “to-do list”?

  3. Susan E O'Shields Says:


    1. Which of your books was the hardest to write/most research intensive?

    2. How did you decide your genre?

    3. If you had to pick a favorite author, who would it be (besides yourself)?

    4. What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever faced?

    Cheers, Pat, and Happy New Year!


    • Pat Bertram Says:

      SueO, thank you so much for the questions. I will add them to the list!

      Happy New Year to you, too! Here’s wishing us all a wonderfully happy and prosperous year. Heck why stop there — a happy and prosperous rest of our lives.

  4. Sheila Deeth Says:

    As someone who’s only just joined facebook (and just joined one of your groups there), I’d want to ask, how much time and organization it takes to be active in online communities.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Sheila, I will also be adding your question to my list, and hoping I can come up with the response!

      I just thought of one — is the suspense/thriller writers’ group only for suspense/thriller writers? No, because all writers strive to write suspensefully.

  5. Dave Ebright Says:

    “….. but that phase seems to have passed….”

    At what point did you decide this?

    Does it make sense to join a FB group, like the ones you host, if the writer (me) writes for the YA audience?

    How do you keep up with it all? I’ve been writing quite a bit lately & can’t keep up with my limited number of regular blog stops. I added a link to yours on mine BTW.

    Good Luck with your interview.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Dave, well, for one thing, the blog tour is over, and for another, I’ve decided I’m not very good at blatant promotion.

      And yes, it makes sense to join groups, especially mine, especially if you’re on facebook. A lot of people read the discussions, and it gives them a chance to get to know you. Writing is writing, after all.

      How do I keep up with it all? I don’t. I just fake it well! Good questions, which will be added to my list!

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