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What Would You Ask an Author?

Authors Answer has been going strong for eighty-three weeks now without a single week off. That’s eighty-three questions. By the end of this month, we’ll be at eighty-six. Not so far from a hundred!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveBut now is your chance to ask the authors some questions. If you could ask an author any question, what would it be? This is not for a specific author, but for authors in general. Keep in mind that the simple, obvious questions have already been asked. Think of something unique and creative. You can ask your question (or questions) in the comments below, and you’ll see the answers starting after June. I will also be linking back to your blog, if you have one.

So, what are you waiting for? Ask some questions!

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Authors Answer 70 – Who Should Be a Guest on Authors Answer?

In the past, we’ve had a guest join Authors Answer for a month (Michael J. Sullivan). Last year, for our one year anniversary, we had several join (Janny Wurts, Brian Staveley, Andrew Rowe, Baye McNeil, Erica Dakin, and Amy Morris-Jones). But what if we start inviting more authors to be guests? Well, this is actually something I will be doing, hopefully each guest writing for a month each. But who do we think should be guests? Of course, many of our choices are unrealistic, so these are our dream guests.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 70 – If you could request any author to be a guest on Authors Answer, who would it be and why?

S. R. Carrillo

Michelle Browne! She is such a “mother hen” type when it comes to taking in writers of all walks of life and giving them a place to share their geekery. At the same time, she is also a huge supporter of social activism and ideals, which is less rare but more important. Plus, she’s a great friend in addition to being a prolific and multifaceted writer.

Basically, I have nothing but amazing things to say about her and her prowess.

Elizabeth Rhodes

J.K. Rowling. (I’m nothing if not ambitious.) Even outside of being a huge Harry Potter fan, I like how she conducts herself on Twitter. She’s clever, witty, and not afraid to ruffle feathers. It’s a personality I think would well for this format.

H. Anthe Davis

My partner in crime Erica Dakin is already following along with Authors Answer, though she’s still in the teens.  Don’t know who I’d nominate otherwise.

Eric Wood

Terry Brooks, for starters. He’s my favorite fantasy author. I love Shannara and once upon a time dreamed of visiting.

My second option would be Sheree Fitch. She is a fabulous children’s author (though she has some adult novels, too). “Mable Murple” and “There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen” are classics and my boys love her as much as do. Plus she was a guest in our home for a bit and read part of Monkeys in my Kitchen to the kids. My third choice would be Lesley Crewe. She sets her stories close to where I live so they come alive in ways other works of fiction can’t. Also, she’s hilarious to talk to so I know she would come up with some great answers!

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I’m going to have to go with Monica Hughes, who wrote one of my favorite books of all time: “Invitation to the Game“. My best friend stumbled across the short novel at a book fair when we were in the fifth grade and she showed it to me because the summery on the back sounded an awful lot like the story I was actually writing at the time. So I ended up buying the book to see what it was all about, and it wasn’t even the tiniest bit like my story, but I absolutely fell in love with it. I had never read anything like it before up to that point – I didn’t even know what “dystopian future” meant back then. It as just such an amazing story, so odd and imaginative and yet also so believable. It amazed me and intrigued me and I’ve read it over a dozen times since that day in the fifth grade because I always find myself drawn back to the world and the characters at different stages of my life. So, yeah, I’d love to see Mrs Hughes on here so I could see how she would answer some of our questions!

Jean Davis

I’d love to have a chat with George R. R. Martin, not only about who we’re finally going to see on the throne when the series ends, but the perils of writing such an involved series and the pressures of an audience when it catches up with you and waits. And waits, increasingly more demanding, judging your every move that doesn’t involve writing.

D. T. Nova

Hypothetically? J.K. Rowling. Despite her fame, I know far less about what kinds of answer they would give than I do about any of the other authors I thought of.

Linda G. Hill

Will Ferguson. He’s a Canadian author, writer of Happiness (TM) and the non-fictional travel adventure, the hilarious Hitching Rides with Buddha. I can’t think of a more entertaining writer, nor one I’d love to interview more.

Allen Tiffany

You did not specify that they had to be living, so I think it would be fascinating to hear from the likes of Conrad and Melville. It would be interesting to hear from them about how they perceive writing to have changed since they wrote, what they think is good and bad, better and worse. And it would be great to hear what they think about how their works are now perceived.

Gregory S. Close

Julian May – because I think her writing is brilliant and overlooked, she’s spanned both the fantasy and sci-fi genre, including the fun muddy bits between, and I would love to hear her insight on pretty much anything.  If you haven’t read her Pliocene Exile series, you are missing out.

Paul B. Spence

Well, since you didn’t specify that they had to still be alive, I request for Mark Twain to be on here. His answers would be very entertaining. Besides, can you imagine what he’d say about the political situation nowadays…?

Jay Dee Archer

Realistically, there are several authors I could ask and have as guests, but I’m going with someone who is likely not going to answer positively. And that’s Brandon Sanderson. I haven’t actually read his books yet (I will! I just wanted to wait until moving to Canada before adding to my book collection), but he’s incredibly well-reviewed almost universally. I’d like to know what he thinks and how he’d answer our questions.

How about you?

Who would you like to have as a guest author on Authors Answer? Let us know in the comments below.

I’m a Guest on the Just Japan Podcast!

I mentioned this earlier this week, but now that it’s officially available, you can listen to it! I was asked to be a guest on Kevin O’Shea’s podcast Just Japan Podcast to talk about our move from Japan to Canada. The title of this episode is Leaving Japan. It’s the 95th episode.

justjapanpodcast95leavingjapanI encourage you to go on over to Kevin’s website and listen to the podcast. It’s about an hour long, so give yourself some time to listen.

If you’re wondering how we did it, it was pretty simple. We talked on Skype, and he recorded our conversation. That’s about it.

I’d like to thank Kevin for inviting me. I’m looking forward to doing it again. He suggested that we do another podcast a few months after we’ve moved to Canada to see how we’re doing.

If you’ve listened to it, let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Just Japan Podcast

Do yourself a favour and check this podcast out. It’s called Just Japan Podcast, and it’s hosted by Kevin O’Shea, aka BusanKevin, aka jlandkev, a fellow Canadian and a resident of Kobe. It’s a podcast all about Japan, and it’s something I really should listen to.

I was just interviewed by Kevin for the podcast, episode 96 to be precise. I spent an hour on Skype speaking with him, and I must say that it was a very enjoyable talk. Kevin is also planning on returning to Canada with his family in the future, so we’re in the same boat. I’ll let you know when the podcast is up and available to listen to.

Message to Kevin: If I’m in your area after you’ve returned to Canada, I’d love to meet up with you. We have plans to travel all around Canada, so I’m sure we’ll be around there.

Message to everyone: Hey, I’m in a podcast! Look forward to it.

What Would You Like to Ask Authors?

Authors Answer has been going for 58 weeks now, so we’ve done 58 questions. Now it’s your chance to ask some questions. I’ve done this before and had a great response. Now I’m looking for you to step up again and ask some great new questions.

You can check the questions index page for past questions just so you don’t duplicate any. It hasn’t been updated with the last few questions, though. I must get that done.

So, since you have a few authors with varying experience, different genres, and plenty of personality, you’ll get some very interesting answers. I would like you to go down to the comments section and ask your questions. Ask as many as you like. The first ones may actually be asked in January, so you don’t have to wait long. To get as many questions as possible, I have a request for everyone. Can you share this post on social media, as well as with friends? Reblog if you like, too. The more the merrier.

I look forward to your questions!

Authors Answer Looking for New Member

We have had our first retirement from Authors Answer today. I want to thank Amy Morris-Jones for her participation and lots of great answers.

What this means is that now we have an opening.  Just one opening. If you’re interested, please go to the About page and send me an email through the form there. I’d like to say that the first person to send me an email will be the new member, but I’ll make this a competition. So, if you’re really interested, tell me briefly why you want to join Authors Answers in your email. Also mention what you write, published or unpublished. But you only have about 24 hours, 36 at most. I’ll make the decision in about 36 hours and contact the winner.

If you are the successful applicant, I will ask you to write a brief bio and send you June’s questions. If you can get them answered soon, you will be included in the June Authors Answer.

So, is this something you’d like to do? Then let me know!

Ask a Question for Authors Answer

The time has come for some new questions. If you have some questions about books, writing, or any aspect of publishing that you want our authors to answer, please leave them in the comments below. Check the Authors Answer index page to see what has already been asked so you don’t ask a duplicate question.

These questions will start appearing in July. As for June’s questions, I’m asking questions about various aspects of writing. You’ll be able to see how different authors approach writing and publishing.

We’re heading into the 30s soon. Imagine that, we’ve answered nearly 30 questions! Time flies. All ten authors have stuck with it, so I’d like to thank them for being so wonderful.

So, let’s get some great questions!