Saturday, 13 March 2010

Weekly Geeks – Is it about the books or the authors?

This week Bernadette ask the Weekly Geekers..

“Having recently been told that I'm odd because I'm not terribly interested in author interviews I've started to ponder whether there are two types of readers...those who stick to the books versus those who like to know more about the author's background, thoughts, motivations and writing process.

So, what about you?

  • Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not?
  • Do you interview authors on your blog? If yes what did you gain from the interview process? If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet?
  • Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones?
  • Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?
  • Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author?

 

Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not?

I don’t unfortunately seek out interviews, unless a book really has something different to it, I don’t ever venture to find out about anything more than what I have read. However that said, when something works I am very keen to drop an author a line to let them know that I really enjoyed their work or even if I have little niggles I do mention it as well..

I do follow alot of blog and as such one of the bloggers are always interviewing someone, so not only do I support bloggers I follow but I sometimes find a new to me author that I keep in mind for a future date.

 

Do you interview authors on your blog? If yes what did you gain from the interview process? If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet?

No I don’t interview author on my blog – I do however have a few interviews on the Erotica Romance Reading Challenge blog.

I don’t interview because I am rubbish at getting questions together and doing all the scheduling.

 

Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones?

Yup I live for my Google reader, email subscription and Google alert. I do subscribe to alot of authors blog and their website where applicable.

I follow authors like Shiloh Walker, Diana Palmer, Jourdan Lane, JL. Langley, G.A. Aiken etc. then I have authors like Lavryle Spencer, Juliet Marillier and a few other fantasy author that I have on Google alert as their work is so few and far between.

But I mostly use my Google Reader – as it’s easier to pile them all in a folder and then just go through them when I have the time…

 

Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?

This goes back to the first question – I normally read a book before I even know anything about the author. I do have a few occasion where I have had to tracked down author info for future books – one that comes to mind is Shelly Laurenston…

After releasing her two first dragon books under the name Shelly Laurenston – it took me a while to find out she had changed  her pen name on the third book to G.A. Aiken….

  

However if I decide to read a book their is nothing that will or can dissuade me (short of me being unable to get the book) – so no not knowing anything about the author does not affect the material I read.

Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author?

Nope….

I might consider it this year though…

 

18 Speak To Me:

Tam on 13 March 2010 at 17:19 said...

* Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not? I don't "seek" them out as in I don't go out googling for them but if I find them they are fun to read, either because I'm finding out about someone completely new or I'm getting a better picture of that shadowy figure pounding out books on a laptop in the dark.

* Do you interview authors on your blog? no, unless you count giving KZ Snow and Wren Boudreau a hard time in the comments section an interview. :-) If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet? I have a very small blog with only a few regular followers. I think authors who would take the time to do an interview deserve a wider audience than I could ever supply.

* Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones? Only certain ones otherwise I'd have a hundred blogs to follow. Who? KZ Snow, Wren Boudreau, Clare London, TA Chase, Fiction with Friction (several authors), Slash and Burn (several authors), Sean Kennedy. I also see on Facebook when Josh Lanyon or Janey Chapel have new posts and I follow Ally Blue on Facebook as well. To be honest I'm more likely to follow an author once I "know" them a bit personally from around the blogosphere than simply because of their writing. Maybe unfair but if I think you are a nice on-line person I'm more likely to slink around to your blog than if you are a total stranger even if I loved your book.

* Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Once in a while I've actually looked up a website that was listed in the back of a book but usually I find them via other people. A link on someone's blog roll or that kind of thing. Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?Lord no. I must have read books by over 100 authors. I can only tell you anything personal about maybe 15 or 20 of them. I don't have to know anything about your personal life to enjoy your book.

* Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author? Nope but if anyone feels so inclined you're welcome to have the space on my blog to ramble at will.

Ava March on 13 March 2010 at 20:35 said...

If I fall in love with a book, I'll look up the author's website and see if he/she has other books out or future releases planned.

If favorite authors have blogs or live journals, I'll follow or visit every now and then to look for news of upcoming releases or just to see what's up with the author. I also follow blogs of authors with whom I've become friends (either through RWA chapters or from online stuff). Their books may not be my cup of tea (for example, I don't read a ton of m/f erotic romance anymore), but they're my friends and I like to check out their blogs and see how things are going with them.

I find author interviews interesting, because they usually give some insight into the author and/or their writing process. But I don't need to know additional info on an author in order to love their books or buy their books. First and foremost, it's about the books. Though I'll admit the internet can be a double-edged sword. If I see an author making an arse out of themself, acting extremely unprofessional or being outright cruel to another, then it will put me off the author and their books.

Like you, E.H., I don't do any intereviews because I'm horrible at thinking of good questions to ask. So I just avoid doing interviews. I also don't have a well known blog (it's just my little blog), so like Tam, I don't want to ask an author to take the time to do an interview when the exposure won't be there. I love spreading the book love, though, and am more than happy to pimp fellow authors or give a shout out to books I've read that I've fallen in love with.

Blodeuedd on 13 March 2010 at 21:51 said...

Lol I just did my first interview as you did, oh that was hard. i was so scared, what to ask, would it work, would she have anything to say..which she did ;)

Hagelrat on 13 March 2010 at 22:47 said...

I really enjoy doing and reading interviews. Since I started blogging I discovered authors are real people and so my incurable nosiness kicks in. I am almost less interest in their writing process than in the personal stuff. :)

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 00:20 said...

@Tam
I'm getting a better picture of that shadowy figure pounding out books on a laptop in the dark.

I couldn't agree with you more - sometimes it just nice to know...

I think authors who would take the time to do an interview deserve a wider audience than I could ever supply.

Nice way of putting it, but so true - but I really think author might not look at it like that - as we all know the lurker are many and numerous....

So word get out somehow...


but if I think you are a nice on-line person I'm more likely to slink around to your blog than if you are a total stranger even if I loved your book

I thought I was the only person who did that - Just be nice and courteous and I am right at your front door...

I would love to meet the person who can remember all the authors they read - it's all about what moves you at a particular time and authors name has nothing to do with it..

Thanks for taking part hon...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 00:29 said...

@Ava.

If I fall in love with a book, I'll look up the author's website and see if he/she has other books out or future releases planned

That is so me - I am currently stalking Juliet Marillier site for any crumb of an update....

But I don't need to know additional info on an author in order to love their books or buy their books

Well said my dear...but sometimes as Tam said, if an author seems nice it give readers, as least me a push to check out their work...

I know I checked out your work just because you are great...

Thanks for commenting...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 00:30 said...

@Blodeuedd..
you did great - but I can iunderstand your trepidition..

But once you have your first one - I am sure you will want to do more...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 00:32 said...

@Hagelrat...

I am almost less interest in their writing process than in the personal stuff

I know you have a nosey nature - but I really do love how you bring out all that detail out of the authors you interivew...

Carry on as you were my dear...I am loving it..

Chris on 14 March 2010 at 02:06 said...

You've probably noticed that altho I do a lot of author promos/giveaways, only the cats have interviewed anyone... :) I tend not to read author interviews and because I'm not that terribly interested in reading them, I'm not that interested in writing them.

That said, I do follow a lot of author blogs, which I find interesting. That's one of the really amazing things about the m/m romance author community and, to some extent, the urban fantasy/paranormal romance author community - I've had the chance to interact with authors via comments on their blogs and even some on my blog. It's very cool.

Lily on 14 March 2010 at 02:54 said...

Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not?
I don't seek interviews but if I see one on a blog I follow I'll read it.

Do you interview authors on your blog? If yes what did you gain from the interview process? If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet?
I've never interviewed an author. My blog has a small following with only a few regulars popping by on a daily basis. It's probably not worth their time for such little exposure. Also, I'd be too shy to ask an author for an interview.

Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones?
I do subscribe to author blogs on Google Reader. A few of them are:
Andi Anderson, Ava March, Carol Lynne, Devon Rhodes, Friction with Fiction, KZ Snow, LB Gregg, Rick R Reed, Slash & Burn, Wren Boudreau.

Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?
I do look for author sites sometimes when I'm looking for info on their other books and release dates. I don't look for biographical info. No, I wouldn't skip reading a book just because I didn't know anything about the author.

Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author?
I've never hosted any kind of blog tour. I'm actually not sure what that is. :D

gautami tripathy on 14 March 2010 at 03:18 said...

I am more interested in the books than anything else!

Here is my geeky post!

pussreboots on 14 March 2010 at 03:46 said...

I love author blogs. You can read my full answer here.

Kerrie on 14 March 2010 at 08:28 said...

I am interested in the process of writing but a lot more interested in the end result. Sometimes I think knowing bio. details about the author does help, but I'm not convinced that I would be good at interviewing.

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 17:57 said...

@Chris...

I keep telling you those cats are my heroes....

I do follow a lot of author blogs, which I find interesting

I agree - I follow some authors that I dont even read their book - but I like there sense of community...

M/M and UF community is very interactive - lucky day when I found it...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:00 said...

@Lily...

Thanks for taking part hon...

I've never hosted any kind of blog tour. I'm actually not sure what that is

Its just another market/promo to get books out to reader...Like a daisy chain of blog with the same book...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:01 said...

@GT..

I think I agree with you - only when a book really has that extra something do I search out the authors...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:02 said...

@Pussreboots...

I more like there website and anything that feature what they are doing now...


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:03 said...

@Kerrie...

I love your thoughts on this topic... and as some of the other commmenters said, interviewing is not for everyone...

E.H>