Author interviews. I have to admit, I like them quite a lot. A glimpse into what makes them think, write, rewrite, enjoy life, and so on and so on. When I read of their concerns, their vulnerabilities, their insecurities, I recognize that the authors I admire are just people, people like me, maybe. And sometimes the interviews can remind me that these authors are also something else, something sort of super-human…or if not SUPER, maybe EXTRA. Extra-human. Their lives, while filled with the daily considerations we all have (doing the dishes, finding socks that match, cleaning the litter box, watching our salt intake,) there lives are often spent looking deeply into these things, searching for story moments not just to imagine (because we all do that, right? Imagine little stories as we go on with their our days?) but to write down and making meaning of and from.
And so, I provide here a list of a few author interviews you can find on the internet. Some of the links will lead you to writers you have known and loved for quite sometime (Ray Bradbury, Thomas McGuane,) and others will lead you to discover someone new and emerging (Katey Schultz, Alan Heathcock.) And if you feel so inclined, I invite you to add any links you might have as well.
David Abrams speaks with Thomas McGuane for New West
Katey Schultz answers Philip Hartigan‘s questions for Preterita
Ray Bradbury‘s official biographer (and friend of mine) Sam Weller interviews the literary legend for Paris Review
Another Chicago Magazine: A Conversation with Dinty W. Moore by Neil Stern
Alan Heathcock answers my questions here
Salt Publishing Blog conversation between Vanessa Gebbie and Jonathan Pinnock
Mike Pride interviews Maine’s Poet Laureate Wesley McNair
Bonnie Jo Campbell interviews Bonnie Jo Campbell in on
e of The Nervous Breakdown‘s Self-Interview series
Carrie Margolis interviews Anne-Marie Oomen
Bookgroup talks with Gerard Woodward
The Paris Review talks with Toni Morrison
Leah Tallon talks withGina Frangello for Knee-Jerk Magazine
Jhumpa Lahiri talks with The Spectrum
Andrea Waterfield interviews Dennis McFadden for The Missouri Review
A transcript of NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon‘s recent interview with Roddy Doyle
A. Manette Ansay talks with K C Culver
And I could go on. Perhaps I will. Another time.