The BookBrag Q&As

Getting started on a conversation about a book and/or an author is always tough. To make life that little bit easier I have come up with a list of Q&A’s to set it going.

To take part in the Q&A BookBrag Challenge answer at least 10 questions from the selection below  – first two are obligatory.

The title being promoted should be current – i.e. it should have been published during the past 6 months (longer by agreement) or coming up in the next 3  months.

Preferred total word count between 500 and 2,000.

Funny or serious, or a bit of both, the choice is yours, but keep it clean!

I reserve the right to refuse any submissions on grounds of taste/style/substance.

In addition to this Q&A I am also open to authors promoting their own book here as a guest blogger by prior agreement.

  • Tell us a little about yourself –  remember to include your own web/blog links, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or other social media links, plus details of you book, (book cover and blurb), 50 word biog and author picture. (Thumbnail/low res pics only.)
  • Tell us about your new book!  (publication date, publisher if applicable, links to purchase, formats available, price)
  • What was the thinking behind the book – themes and settings
  •  How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing, and does it come in useful for your stories?
  • What do you like best/least about your characters
  •  What is at the root of your current book/story?
  •  Ebooks or Traditional?
  • How important is your setting? (time and place)
  •  What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
  • Is there any genre or style of writing you haven’t tried yet but would like to?
  • Do you ever brainstorm ideas with other writers?
  • Name your superpower and why that one?
  • Covers: how important are they? And how do you find/design yours?
  • Where would you hide the bodies?
  • Your work space: chaos or calm?
  • Pitch your latest book to the world at large in 100 words.
  •  What’s the most important thing you have learned about writing?
  • What aspects of writing to do you find the most tricky?
  • Do you have music playing when you write? What are your tracks of choice?
  • Romance: Pride and Prejudice or Fifty Shades?
  • Have you ever use real people in disguise for your books? (Be they relatives, neighbours, friends or enemies)
  •  Which of your previous works are you most proud of, and are there any that you would like to forget about?
  • Your favourite quote from any book.
  •  What is it that you like best about the lead character in your book/series?
  • Have you ever killed of one of a major character, and why?
  • Do you have a typical writing day?
  • Do you have any particular preparations for warming up the writer-brain, or get stuck straight in?
  • Full synopsis before you start? Or seat of the pants?
  •  Who would play you in your biopic?
  •  If you could have dinner with any writer in your field (past of present) who would it be and why?
  • Crime: Poirot or Girl on a Train?
  • Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
  • What was the first (*genre ) story you read and what kind of impact did it make on you?
  • What one genre/plot cliché would you get rid of?
  • Research: chore or obsession?
  • What is the oddest fact you have ever unearthed when researching a book?
  • Naming characters:  do you choose? or do the names come fully formed with the character?
  •  If you could kill off any character from any other book, who would you choose and how would they die?
  • Your most embarrassing moment –  have you ever given that moment to any of your characters?
  • Have you ever included people you know (disguised or not) in your fiction?
  •  Fantasy: Lord Of The Rings or Howl’s Moving Castle?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • Who are some of your favourite authors and what is it about their work that appeals?
  • Comic: Batman or Fables?
  • Do you have a soundtrack for your work ?
  • Do your allow your characters to ever take over the plot?
  •  Who would star in the film?
  • What/when was the first piece of fiction you wrote? And what happened to it? (Be honest now!)
  • If you could have written any other book what would it be and why?
  • If not a writer then what?
  • Literary festivals and conventions:  Where/when will you be appearing  next?
  • Oxford commas – discuss!
  • What are you up to next? (Published works/conventions/random fun!)
  • (Insert question of choice.)



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