Who are you anyway?
Here I am, at the beginning again, in the infant stages of that infamous endeavor “Book Two.” And, you know what? A new book idea is just that: New. Bright and shiny and brimming with possibility and, well, not much else.
After finishing a manuscript, rewriting, revising, editing, rinse and repeat for a few months or years, starting a new book feels a little like going from picking out wall colors to trying to remember what a house is. You go from deleting and replacing commas to asking questions like, “So what is this book, um, about?” And “Who is this book about?”
Which brings me to the point of this post! In trying to answer that question and get to know my brand new main character, and having heard of other authors who do something similar, I thought, an interview! I’ll ask this girl a load of questions, simple, silly, and complex and end up KNOWING EVERYTHING ABOUT HER AND THIS BOOK. Ha ha ha. Ha. Ahhh…
Anyway. Then I thought, maybe other writers could use the list, so why not share?
So, here goes, everything I could think up (for now) to ask plus some questions suggested by a few lovelies from the Twittershpere:
Likes/Dislikes (and why)
-music -books -sports -style (clothes/hair/etc) -classes/subjects
-movies -seasons/holidays -food -animals -colors/words/misc
What is your family like?
Who are the members?
Who are you closest to?
Who do you have the most complicated relationship with?
Who is your (least)favorite family member?
Are you close with any non-nuclear family members?
Who are your closest friends?
Who do you wish you were friends with but aren’t?
Do you have a crush?
Which One (and why)
Risk or caution
Spontaneous or methodical
Head or heart
Clean or messy
Rule breaker or follower
Leader or follower
Crowds or solitude
Decisive or indecisive
Loud or quiet
Omnivore or vegetarian
Passion or practicality
What are some of your favorite memories?
What does your room look like? You locker?
Where is your favorite place?
What are a few of your favorite items?
What thing(s) do you take with you everywhere?
What are your hobbies?
What do you love about where you live? What do you hate?
Do you have any pets? If not, do you want any?
What scares you?
What makes you feel safe?
Do you have a dream career? If so, what is it?
If you could live/visit anywhere, where would you go?
What three things would you take to a desert island? Which three people?
What makes you secretly smile?
If you could live in any time period, when would you live?
What do you love about yourself? What’s one thing you would change?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you believe in love at first sight? True love? Soul mates?
Do you have a favorite teacher or non-relative adult?
What’s your Hogwarts house?
What’s your Meyers-Briggs type?
What is your most embarrassing memory?
What is a memory that makes you feel guilt or shame?
Are you religious?
Do you believe in fate?
When was the last time you cried? Why?
What is your biggest fear?
What is your biggest hope?
Do you know where do you want to be in five years? Ten? Fifteen?
(Okay! This is all I can think up for now, but I may add more later as new questions occur to me. If you have any you’d like to add, mention them in the comments and I will!)