How to Submit to Conversations with Colleen

UPDATE: I am booked through October 2019 but still have room for November and December. (My Plan for 2020, is to feature two authors a month – first come, first serve).

Conversations With Colleen

Welcome to “Conversations with Colleen,” a weekly blog feature where I share the magic of Author Interviews. Please read the instructions below.

As of March 2019, this feature will change to a monthly feature.

Author interviews give a writer the opportunity to show off their writing skills and help to promote their creative work. In addition, I believe we are part of a writing community who must support each other. When we share and promote others, we are enriching our community.

You never know… you could meet your next favorite author. Wouldn’t that be a fabulous thing?

It takes a village! ❤

How to Submit:

Please pick three to five (or one if you go into great detail) questions from the list below. Your answers must have a minimum of 100 words although you can write more than that if you wish.

Please send only ONE email. It’s hard to deal with multiple emails that I have to sort through to create a post. Include everything I will need for your post. ❤

Remember, this is an opportunity where people can learn more about you as an author and a person. These questions help to place the spotlight on your writing and your books. This is all about bringing your books to the readers so they have the opportunity to buy. The people that will buy your books are my friends and colleagues. Please respond to all comments.

Please send the questions you’re selected and your answers to me in a word document or in an email to


  • YOU must have your own author blog. Please do not ask me to include links where you guest blog or to a GoodReads blog. If you do not have an author blog, please do not request an interview.
  • Feel free to submit photos, but please, no more than three. Please do not embed your photos in the document. If you have numerous books, please supply one image that contains the images of all your books. Send the images as an attachment to the email.
  • Your answers must be at least 100 words long, minimum. You can write more if you wish. If you choose one topic only, please go into detail. I’m flexible with the questions. Email me and tell me what your plans are.
  • Conversations with Colleen is on a first come, first serve basis. I reserve the right to reject your submission to my blog. My goal is to highlight one author per week, until March 2019, when the author interviews will become a monthly feature.
  • Please send me the links to your social media sites where readers can find you, and your Amazon Author Page, or a universal link. It’s hard to sell books without an Amazon Author Page. If you don’t have one, set one up. I will highlight one book, of your choice.
  • Please be aware that I do not share sites with only an HTTP address. Read more HERE.
  • I will promote your interview on MeWe and Twitter. Please help to promote the post with a reblog and by sharing across your own social media.
  • Please respond to each comment individually. Comments always encourage people to visit your blog and to follow you. This is a proven method for selling books.
  • If you don’t respond to the comments from my followers I will delete your interview. Please be respectful!
  • Check back on the comments during the following week to check on any late comments. Follow the comments in the post so that you know what people are saying.

Here are the questions for you to choose from:

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?
  2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
  3. What are some common traps for aspiring writers?
  4. What is your writing Kryptonite?
  5. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
  6.  Are you an empathic writer?
  7. What other authors are you friends with, and how have they helped you to become a better writer?
  8. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
  9. If you could write a letter to your younger writing self, what would you say?
  10. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
  11. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
  12. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
  13. Describe an experience where you learned that language had power?
  14. What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
  15. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
  16. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
  17. Do you base your characters on real people?
  18. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
  19. What does literary success look like to you?
  20. In your experience what’s the best way to market your books?
  21. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
  22. Do you view your writing as a spiritual practice?
  23. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
  24. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
  25. How many hours a day do you write?
  26. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
  27. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
  28. What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?
  29. How do you select the names of your characters?
  30. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
  31. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
  32. What was your hardest scene to write?
  33. What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
  34. What are your favorite literary journals?
  35. What is your favorite childhood book?
  36. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
  37. Does your family support your career as a writer?
  38. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
  39. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
  40. Do you believe in writer’s block?
  41. Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?
  42. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
  43. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
  44. How important is research to you when writing a book?
  45. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictation, computer or longhand?
  46. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
  47. What inspires you to write?
  48. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who writes only when they feel inspired?
  49. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
  50. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
  51. Do you begin with a plot written out in detail or do you prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
  52. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
  53. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
  54. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
  55. Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
  56. Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
  57. Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
  58. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
  59. If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
  60. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
  61. Have you ever designed your own book cover?
  62. Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
  63. Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
  64. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
  65. What did you want to become when you were a kid?
  66. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
  67. Which book inspired you to begin writing?
  68. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel? How did you finally finish it?
  69. Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
  70. Do your novels carry a message?
  71. How much of yourself do you put into your books?
  72. Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
  73. How realistic are your books?
  74. What books have influenced your life the most?
  75. Name the books that you are currently reading and describe them to us.
  76. Have any new writers grasped your interest recently?
  77. Is there anything you are currently working on that may capture the interest of your readers?
  78. It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well? How does it affect your writing?
  79. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
  80. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
  81. If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
  82. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
  83. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?
  84. Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?
  85. Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?
  86. Do you have a daily habit of writing?
  87. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
  88. Is it true that anyone can be a writer?
  89. People believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?
  90. Do you like traveling or do you prefer staying close to home?
  91. Which of your books took you the most time to write?
  92. Do you believe that an attractive book cover will help in sales?
  93. Whose work do you enjoy reading the most?
  94. Name one book that you like the most among all the others you have written.
  95. Do you believe it is more challenging to write about beliefs that conflict with the ones you hold yourself?
  96. Have you ever received help from other writers?
  97. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done this?
  98. Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?
  99. What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about your specific genre?
  100. Are you satisfied with your success?
  101. Is writing a book series more challenging?
  102. When you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished?
  103. Are you where you wanted to be in your life?
  104. What do you do in your free time?
  105. Given the chance to live your life again, what would you change about yourself?
  106. Was it all too easy for you – the writing, the publication, and the sales?
  107. What is the secret to becoming a bestselling author?
  108. What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
  109. How did it feel when your first book got published?
  110. What is your motivation to continue writing?
  111. Do you keep a diary?
  112. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography?
  113. Do you think you still have a story left to tell?
  114. What does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do writers ever retire?
  115. Was there a time you were unable to write?
  116. How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?
  117. Do you prefer writing over reviewing the work of others?
  118. How critical are you in your evaluation when you are reviewing someone’s work?
  119. Which book would you want to be adapted for the silver screen?
  120. If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?
  121. What other genres do you enjoy reading?
  122. ­Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?
  123. Have you ever written a story you wish you hadn’t?
  124. Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
  125. Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
  126. Can you tell us about your current projects?
  127. Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier to write?
  128. Have you ever learned anything from a negative review and incorporated it in your writing?
  129. It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?
  130. Did you ever hit a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense? How did you move through that period?
  131. Did you always know that you were destined for literary greatness, or did you, as they say, “stumble” upon it?
  132. If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
  133. How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?
  134. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
  135. Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?
  136. Have any of your past loves inspired characters in your books?
  137. Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse which inspired different books – does that apply in your case?
  138. Which book is the one you keep going back to?
  139. Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?
  140. Do you like to write poetry? If so, how does your poetry help you in fiction writing?
  141. Did you specifically plan your studies around your interest of writing?
  142. If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
  143. Which genre of book do you think should be most adapted for kids in school?
  144. Is today’s generation more aware of the literary arts or less?
  145. Have you ever written a character with an actor in mind?
  146. How possessive are you about your work?
  147. How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?
  148. Do you wish your first novel hadn’t been the first to introduce you to the world?
  149. Do you have any specific cultures you like to write about?
  150. As an author, is online privacy an issue for you?
  151. Have you ever changed the ending of a series based on the reaction of your fans?
  152. What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
  153. Is there a genre you absolutely despise? or
  154. Do you think that all written pieces are works of art and demand to be respected equally?
  155. Where do you find your inspiration?
  156. What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?
  157. How do you think concepts such as Kindle and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?
  158. Do you encourage your children to read?
  159. Do you have a library at home?
  160. Do you think public libraries have lost their charm in the last decade?
  161. What are the non-fiction genres you enjoy reading?
  162. Who’s your childhood literary superhero?
  163. Have you ever written fan-fiction?
  164. How liberal are you in term of expressing ideas in your books? Do you add political elements into your fiction novels?
  165. Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?
  166. Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?
  167. Do you mentor?
  168. Which literary character do you most resonate with on a personal level?
  169. If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose and why?
  170. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?
  171. Often, we are stuck in situations that we are not able to find a way out of. Have you ever incorporated a real-life situation from your own experience into a book and made the character find a way out of it the way you could not?
  172. Do you project your own habits onto your characters?
  173. Which character(s), created by you, do you consider as your masterpiece(s)?
  174. How long do you take to write a book?
  175. How do you incorporate the noise around you into the story you are writing at the moment?
  176. What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
  177. Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?
  178. Do you blog? How does blogging help you sell books?
  179. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
  180. Have you ever written a memoir? How does that differ from other forms of writing?



  1. I’ll have to get something across to you, Colleen. I’ll have a new collection in book form before the end of the year – The New Asylum – a walk through psychiatry from my childhood to approximately now.

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