One of the things I was warned about, when I started marketing Wearing the Cape, was that some nosy Parkers would actually want to interview me about the book. Why? I’m not trying to be obtuse; it’s simply that, as a reader, I was never that interested in authors or interviews with them. If I liked their book, great! My one question was “when is the next one?” As a writer, however, I began to take an interest; if another writer pulled off a cool idea, I was a bit more interested in what was going through his head. But now I’ve had my own interview–the follow-up to ComicAttack.net’s review of WtC.
And now I’ve discovered the benefit of interviews for the writer: feedback. Q&A tells you what at least one reader was interested in after reading your book. In other words, you get to know what bits of your story made him think. Can there be anything more interesting to a writer?
To refresh, Andrew Hudson reviewed Wearing the Cape at the beginning of June. His take? To paraphrase, “This doesn’t suck.” He also called it “fun.” Ah, the heady accolades. Keep in mind, this came from a guy who reads comics as an avocation (making it an Ebert thumbs-up). So what was Andrew interested in asking? How long have I been interested in superheroes, and which superheroes were major inspirations? What outside influences… influenced me? Did I need to censor myself to write a YA novel? What changes did I have to make when I decided to make WtC a YA story? Did I have a political message in mind when I wrote WtC? How much research did I put into superpowers, the city of Chicago, etc. You can read the full interview here.
So why is this cool? Because it means my depiction of Chicago was colorful enough he had to ask. Same with superpowers–hardly something that can be reality-checked. The politics informed the background without being obvious, or he wouldn’t have had to ask. And so on. Of course, what this really means is I’m incredibly narcissistic to spend time trying to decode what Andrew probably thought were a bunch of common-sense questions. Still, it was fun, and I’m looking forward to my next ego-boost–I mean next interview. Bwa-ha-ha-ha.
4 thoughts on “Q&A: Loving The Grilling.”
Great interview, and thanks for the plug too. 🙂
Seriously, it’s nice to read an author interview where the interviewer is actually dealing with the book in detail, not just giving the author a sales platform to repeat the Amazon blurb.
If I hadn’t already got it I would have been tempted by that interview, for just those reasons.
I predicted months ago WtC would be a best-seller. Two books I featured on MWi are now Kindle UK chart busters, and two others have just hit top ten in their categories, so a pretty good track record for picking winners. No doubts at all WtC will be joining them in due course.
Thanks Mark! Actually WtC is already in the Top Ten Superhero novels category–it doesn’t show it at the moment because KP had to fix the cat. and it hasn’t taken yet. But it’s a low bar; selling two copies a day (my current average) is enough to keep it there.
Very nice interview. I told you it will do great, didn’t I?
oops, that was an “I told you so”, sorry bout that
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