Interview with a Zombie . . . kind of

Makes me giggle every time . . .

Optimism, meme, zombies, whack-a-mole


Onto the REAL subject . . .

Do you enjoy/read/pay attention to/like character interviews?

Candace is putting together a book blitz for me for Miss Mabel’s launch day (March 27th! savethefreakingdate) and we discussed using character interviews as a marketing strategy.

Here’s the thing: I don’t like character interviews.

I never read them. I don’t know the characters, so I don’t really feel invested enough at that point to appreciate the questions. Especially when a book is just coming out. Who are they to me? Even if it were a book I’d read, I wouldn’t like the character interview because it takes that person out of the book/world that I imagined them in.

This coming from the girl who won’t watch extra’s on movies, or actor interviews, because it ruins the movie.

I need to know if it’s just me. If the majority of people like them, great, I’ll write some. If not, I’m not going to do it. What do you think? Is it worth it? If you don’t like it, then what DO you like?

Air your thoughts here, KCrossWritingers.


    • says

      But my thing is this: I don’t know anything about the character, so to make him interesting while answering questions is pretty tricky, and would take some time, in which you may lose potential readers.

  1. says

    I’m with you. It’s not that hate them, or even dislike them, I’m just not that interested. Sometimes it can be fun if it’s a character I already know. SOMETIMES. But like you said, most of the time you’re not invested enough cuz you don’t know the character.

    I’m lured by visuals. I love your pinterest site. It’s drawing me in already. Also, a great blurb (which I already know you have), and/or snippets from the book. I love knowing about the author, what inspired the plot/characters. that type of background story is really interesting.

    Hope I helped, chica!

    Oh to answer your other question (from the other post). Yes. I’ll (dear god I hope) be publishing this year. Not super soon, though. Trust me, you’ll know!

    • says

      Visuals is where I ended up taking it!

      I’m all about the power of Pinterest lately, so instead of character interviews, you’ll be seeing more of that kind of jazz 😉

  2. LaDonna Cole says

    Katie, I would much rather see a video interview with you! You are the best thing about your book. You are gorgeous, fun, unique. I think you are your best marketing strategy.

  3. says

    I have to admit I’ve also never read a character interview – although judging by the success of fan-fiction I can see how it can be used successfully – if, as Vashti says, it’s done well. I understand it’s a marketing technique meant to introduce the character to prospective readers, but outside of the story, how does that work…
    What I find interesting is interviews with writers about how their characters developed, changes along the way, how they decided on the name, what you thought of having the character do, then changed your mind – etc., etc.
    You must be soooo excited about your book release! The date is marked.

    • says

      The thing that I’ve found most is that, for the most part (but not entirely), the writing process is MOST interesting to other writers. My lay-friends really care more about the story, not about ‘well, this is how it happened’.

      THAT ISN’T DEFINITIVE! I know lots of fans are interested in it, but as I have no ‘fan base’ to go off of yet, I’m going to keep the interviews at a minimum.

  4. says

    I have to admit that I find character interviews kind of… weird. Pretending to be the character and doing a fake “interview” just… I don’t know.

    That said, I love reading what authors write about their characters. It can be all the same sort of information, just in the author’s voice – things the characters like and dislike, bits of backstory that didn’t make it into the book(s), ways the characters would react to various things, whatever. I also love notes about the inspiration for characters, how they were developed, character sketches/illustrations, and anything else an author wants to share.

    It’s only the first person, pretending-they’re-real thing strikes me as simultaneously awkward and twee. But that’s just me. Lots of people love character interviews, apparently…

    • says

      I think why I struggle is because it takes the character out of that world and puts it into ours. I guess if, using HP as an example, Harry was interviewed by Rita Skeeter about something within their world, I’d be willing to read it. Otherwise, I need them to stay where they belong! 😉

  5. says

    You know, I like character interviews, but only when they’re done right, and they rarely are. If people met some of my characters…well, that would make for an interesting circumstance. When we’re just talking to a vanilla character, no thanks. I’ll pass, but if there’s some spunk or something terribly unique about them, I totally get sucked in. I think this is a fine art and most people just don’t quite hit the mark.

  6. says

    I feel like it would something great for your readers…. AFTER we’ve all had a chance to get to know your characters. I know this obviously doesn’t help with a marketing strategy, but I see where you’re coming from about not caring about a character you don’t even know. I say, if you don’t like it, don’t bother. And anyway, you can’t reveal all of their secrets, huh? :)

  7. says

    I depends on the character if I’ll read the interview or not. If it’s a zombie or a ghost or a rapist or whatever else is a little out of the ordinary, I’m in. Otherwise, I probably skip as well.

    Congratulations on your upcoming release. Know that you are always welcome to guest post on my blog to promote your book.

  8. says

    I’m not really a fan, either, though I will say I haven’t really read very many (and by that, I mean “one”). It was a pretty interesting character though, and so the interview itself was OK, just seemed kind of weird. But then, it’s kind of a new concept to me. I’m inclined to agree with the others in that the character itself needs to be interesting and unique. When thinking about my own characters, there’s only one I’d consider doing an interview as that person, and that’s only because she was a lot of fun for me to write, so I imagine the interview would be fun as well. All the other characters would just be… meh.

  9. says

    Hi, Katie. Congratulations on setting a release date! Can’t wait to read your masterpiece.

    I would read a character interview if you wrote one. Even though I don’t know your characters yet, I know you, and that would be a motivation for me to read the interview.

    Marketing is not always fun. You need to make it as fun as you can, so that your passion for the book is demonstrated. A bad character interview could be more detrimental to your marketing strategy than no character interview. But if you can write an entertaining one, a character interview could draw in some readers that you’d not draw in without it. What I would recommend is to try writing one and then see what you think and maybe have a few trusted readers tell you what they think. If it’s good, then go with it. If you’re not satisfied with it, then don’t post it.

    If there’s a chance something you write might pique anyone’s interest in your book, why not give it your best shot and try it?

    • says

      Always so good to hear from you Michael! Where’ve you been? I’ve missed seeing you around. Did you ever get another job? (Or am I way behind?)

  10. says

    You’re not alone; I hate character interviews. I never tend to bother reading them and they always feel forced and . . . I don’t know. It just doesn’t sound like the character’s voice. It sounds like an author trying, and failing, to emulate their own creation.

    I just don’t think they ADD anything or accomplish anything and they’re always really forgettable.

    That’s just my grumpy two cents though! 😉


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