Should I keep interviewing authors is the question I'm still asking myself. I've been doing a two pronged interview format, posting them online and putting up displays at the World's Biggest Bookstore. But with the bookstore closing, there goes the practical - I'm physically selling copies of the books - aspect of my interviews. My interviews are also based more on the 'get to know the author' rather than 'here are specifics about the book', making them more appropriate for browsers at the store, since I figured that not everyone who might be interested in reading about authors reads SFF.
So now my quandary is, should I keep interviewing authors on my blog? My initial response was no. There are much more popular blogs, and interviews require a lot of time of authors, time that would be better spent writing books.
Then I talked to an author at the store who mentioned that interviews are easier for authors to respond to than writing up guest posts. And guest posts require them to come up with a topic and make it interesting and polish it up - like writing an essay. Whereas an interview is a conversation, and faster to complete.
The other consideration is, if I do keep interviewing authors, should I change my questions and format? Should I keep the focus on the writing life or make things more about the new book they're promoting?
So I ask you, my readers, do you like author interviews? Do you read them and enjoy learning more about the authors? If I keep doing interviews, what kinds of questions would you like to see me ask?
And authors, do you agree with the comments above, that interviews are easier for you and worth doing for promotion? And what kinds of questions do you like answering?