Top Ten Tuesday – Questions I Would Ask My Favourite Authors

After not taking part in the last few TTT’s – for no reason other than I was taking a blogging break…which I slightly regret now because those weeks had awesome themes and I’m sad I missed out! – I decided to jump back in on this one. And oh my gosh what an awesome theme this week is:

10 Questions I Would Ask My Favourite Authors.

Where do I start??? (That’s not one of my questions! It doesn’t count!)

Before I get into it, if you’re not familiar with Top Ten Tuesday it is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is posted and bloggers take that theme and write a blog post inspired by it. It’s a lot of fun and a really great way to get some inspiration for what to write. Often the Top Ten Tuesday prompts give me tons of other great ideas for future blog posts, which is really great and I’m very thankful for that.

Let me just start by saying that in my opinion, one of the really cool things about the world and the way it is now, with regards to the internet and social media and all of that, is that we have much more access to our heroes than ever before. Where once upon a time you might send your favourite author a letter and hope they write back, or go to a book signing in hopes of meeting them, now you can just log on to Instagram (as an example) and connect with the authors you love (assuming they have Instagram and are active on it, but again, just an example.) So I think it’s really cool that in many ways we have the option to ask at least some of our questions of at least some of our heroes. That is, of course, if said author is currently alive and well, but you get my point hopefully.

But if I had the chance to sit down with an author I admire and ask them 10 questions, I would likely have a lot of questions about writing in general. Being an aspiring writer myself (are you sick of me bringing that up yet? I really hope not because I have ideas for so many blog posts about writing that I’m really excited about so if you’re sick of it now you’re really gonna hate me in a few months! I’ll find a way to bribe you to stick around or something) I think a lot of the questions I would have would revolve around seeking advice in that area.

So, with that in mind, some of the questions I might ask (to no author in particular, just all the ones I love and admire) would include:

“How do you get past writers block?”

“Where do your ideas come from?”

“What music do you listen to when you write?”

“What is your best advice for world building?”

“Who is your favourite character you’ve ever written?”

“What book, written by someone else, do you wish you had written?”

“Have you ever scrapped or changed a book entirely because it was too similar to someone else’s book?”

“Are there any of your books you regret writing, and why?” (I’m cheating and calling this only one question because there’s only one question mark!)

“If you could take any previous book you wrote and completely rewrite it, which would you pick and how much would it change?” (still cheating.)

And lastly, assuming the authors I ask questions of are obligated to answer 100% honestly, I’d love to ask every writer who has ever had a book turned into a movie or a tv show:

“What do you TRULY think of the adaptation of your story?”

I’m sure at least a few of them have absolutely hated the on screen version of the story they poured their heart into, but it would be really interesting to actually hear their honest thoughts on it.

So those are my answers to this weeks theme. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the questions I came up with, and leave me a link to your TTT because I love reading how different people chose to approach the same prompt!

Have a great day! Stay safe & healthy!

8 comments

  1. Your last question is one I’d want to ask, too! Some adaptations are so different from the stories they’re based on that you really have to wonder what the author actually thought of them. (And, of course, other adaptations are lovely).

    My post .

    • Yeah some are definitely pretty questionable. I can’t imagine it would be easy to write a story and then see someone recreate it in a movie and leave out or alter the most important parts. That would probably feel very weird. Heading to check out your post now. Thanks for the comment!

    • It’s something I’m so curious about! Maybe not even necessarily fully regret but just maybe wish they had written differently or at a different time or something like that. OR maybe a scenario where someone wrote a book that got really famous and changed their whole life in ways they weren’t prepared for or comfortable with. I don’t know, I’m a huge over-thinker and stuff like that fascinates me! Thank you for your comment!

      • Oh I completely agree! Also with societal changes and a general improvement in moral standards and accountability, I’m sure many authors wouldn’t choose to write certain things!

  2. Love your questions! I think it’s interesting how an aspiring writer approaches interviews versus purely a reader, and it’s definitely different. Who doesn’t want to pick the brains of their idols for hopefully some good advice? 😉 That adaptation question, though. xD

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • Thanks for you comment! I’m excited to go check out your TTT post. 🙂 I’m glad you liked the questions I came up with, and I agree that it’s interesting seeing differences in how people approach this stuff. That’s probably why things like Top Ten Tuesday are so cool, because it gives us that opportunity to tackle the same topic our own way.

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