Interviews #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘I’


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If I say ‘interview,’ what do you think of? Suits? Ties? A large desk behind which you sit, nervously handling your CV? I used to think that. I may again in future, but these days, I think of character interviews.

I’ve heard several writer buddies tell me that writing an interview with their characters helps them get into their heads. That in turn helps them write the story with lively, full bodied and real characters that they know incredibly well.

I’ve never tried anything like it before but I think it could work brilliantly. I’m desperate to try. easter egg from openclipartIn fact, I think it would be a great marketing tool; a fun and useful way of creating teaser content to populate a blog or website. Maybe they could form the extra ‘Easter egg’ style content in the back of books, digital or physical. I think interviews would work especially well in the back of books, as they can give a whole new dimension to the story you’ve just read, allowing you to get deeper into the character. If done well, they can allow you to prep yourself mentally for the next in a series.

Hehee. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Character interviews would work brilliantly for SORB. I couldn’t post them before release of the book since it would give too much away (all of my characters have secrets and layers that influence the whole trilogy) but as ‘bonus content’ in the back of the book? I think it would be great! Interviews, biographies and diary entries could even make fabulous content for members of my mailing list; a treat and a thank you for staying with me.

Gollum (7584125246)It’s certainly something I’m going to consider when creating the content for the book. If you take DVDs as an example, many people (myself included) look for special editions of things to ensure there is a selection of bonus content. Background and behind the scenes information can be so interesting. I know many people don’t feel quite the same, but watching the green screen footage of Andy Serkis leaping around in his body suit, in preparation for playing Gollum, was magical for me. It only added to the wonder of seeing that emaciated figure on screen with Frodo and Sam.

Have you guys ever written character interviews for your books? Would you consider using them as bonus content in future releases? I’m going to do a bit of snooping, see if I can find other examples, but I, as ever, would love to know what you think.
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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7 Responses to Interviews #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘I’

  1. Lyle Tanner says:

    It sounds like a great idea for bonus content or extra material for the book in general. I’ve heard people talk about doing those as blog posts, but have yet to see one.

    If you are going to do it, why not interview your characters at the very beginning of the series for your blog? There’s a lot less to give away at the start of the story and it could give us a good introduction to the characters before diving into the story.

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  2. scauthor says:

    I totally agree! It’s a great opportunity to add depth and dimension to characters. And when done carefully at the beginning and not giving away too much, it can give off awesome teasers that can draw readers to the book. I’ve often thought of it for my YA book.
    Go for it!

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  3. saxtoncorner says:

    I think it’s a fabulous idea to do. Do it! Other than my own projects, I’m co-authoring a fantasy, and we did similar exercises for each other, which included letters and diary entries. After doing a few, we decided it would be great to turn that into “bonus material” after the book was done. Lets face it, the written word, print, and publishing has changed so much over the last few years, why not go for something else a bit different.

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    • I like the idea of letters and diary entries. That would make wonderful bonus content. Especially for a fantasy piece where information like that is one of the main ways of recording memories and information. It’s particularly authentic. πŸ™‚

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