Category: Author interviews

Interview with Joan Schweighardt

The founder of GreyCore Press and author of Gudrun’s Tapestry talks about beating the odds, her steep learning curve as a publisher, about the decline in fiction reading, about the differences in thinking as a publisher and thinking as an author, future trends in book publishing, the future of GreyCore and much more.

Interview with Morris Gleitzman

The author of Worm Story  talks about his anti-hero, his workshops, the way children have and haven’t changed over the years, why being called a parasite should be a compliment, why “slime” makes such an appealing character to children, his next book, an exclusive recipe/warning for Mars bars and baked apple, and lots more.

Interview with Mridu Khullar

The author of “Knock Their Socks Off! A Freelance Writer’s Guide to Query Letters That Sell” talks about her book, why the query is so critical, why she owns up to her imperfections, her web site, Writer’s Crossing, on the pitfalls of being a professional writer in India, on cultural differences when querying across countries, on the biggest mistake writers make when querying, her tattoo, and lots more.

Interview with Dee Rimbaud

The author of Dropping Ecstasy with the Angels talks about the origins of the chapbook, spiritual healing, the drug ecstasy, how he chose which poems to include, the changes in his work over the years, the value of poetry, his blog, his many other projects, multimedia, and much more.

Interview with Peter Bowerman

In this effervescent interview, the author of The Well Fed Writer: Back for Seconds talks about his new book (and how it relates to his old one), the huge demand for commercial writers, perceptions and misconceptions about commercial writing, how he found his many experts, how he juggles short and long term goals, how to leverage a creative writing background, on mentoring, his next book, and lots more.

Interview with Ouyang Yu

The “Angry Chinese Poet” is true to form in this feisty interview which looks at his new collection of work, about labels, on writing in two languages, the nature of ‘academics,’ his literary journal Otherland, migrants, predjudice, and his many rejections.

Interview with Dr Coral Hull

In this courageous and very in-depth interview, the author of Broken Land talks about her extensive body of work, her many ongoing projects, her literary magazine Thylazine, her passions, her politics, and the positives and negatives of life as an empowered multiple.

Interview with Chad Hautmann

When Billie’s Ghost first came out in October 2002, we interviewed the author, Chad Hautmann. Following its very successful debut, the book has been taken up by Penguin, and has just been re-released. The Compulsive Reader decided that it was time to interview Chad Hautmann again and find out more about the soft spoken author, the extraordinary story of how he was found by Penguin, his new book, the difficulties (and joys) of working on a second novel, his feelings towards government funding of the arts, and lots more.

Interview with John Blumenthal

The author of Millard Fillmore, Mon Amour and What’s Wrong with Dorfman talks about his adventures in self-publishing and how he attracted St Martin’s Press, his out of print titles, the relationship between his life and his art, his next novel, his influences, on living by the pen, his moving Blue Streak, and lots more.

Interview with Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

In this charming interview, the author of The Last Song of Dusk talks about the origins of his first novel, the nature of the songs his characters sing, the unbearability of mercy, his favourite scenes from the book, on being compared to Rushdie, on homelessness, future stories, and lots more.