New Interview at Author Magazine

In December, 2009, it was my pleasure to meet Bill Kenowner at University Book Store and sit down for a chat.  Well, it felt like a very comfortable chat, even through it was a filmed interview for an on-line magazine called Author Magazine. 

Author Magazine is locally produced in Seattle.  Bill has quite a variety of interviews on his site, covering a wide spectrum of literature.  Tomie de Paola and Diana Gabaldon.  Terry Brooks and Alice Hoffman.  Polly Horvath (I loved The Trolls!) and J.A. Jance.

Spend a little time on the site.  It won’t be a waste!

Robin Hobb

5 Responses to New Interview at Author Magazine

  1. Hi,

    Just wanted to drop by and give a bit of feedback on the new site. By the way very nice. Easier to navigate, and it looks pretty too.

    I check out a lot of author’s webpage’s. Especially when I first hear about them, I want to go and check out their online presence. The first thing I do when I hear about a new author (or an old one I am just discovering) is go to and find out as much information about them as possible. Hence I look for their homepage.

    Things I like to see:

    – Interviews
    – FAQ
    – Bio
    – Bibliography
    – Blog
    – Schedule

    Interviews – I will read through them all. Not only to find out about the author, but about interviewing. What are common questions, and what questions don’t get asked.

    FAQ – there are just some things that are asked so often that it helps to put them their. That avoids tedium. And will often satiate those who are looking for some basic answers. Added points if you answer really quirky questions; I get a good chuckle out of those ones.

    Bio – I like to know an authors background. Primarily how they got to where they are today. Also writing habits are useful to me as an aspiring young author.

    Bibliography – this is one stop shopping for me. I like to know all the books they have written and a brief synopsis. This will insure that I Shanghai them all immediately from the library. After they pass the library test and if I can’t live without them they make their way to my permanent collection. All of the Hobb books are on my shelf.

    Blog – I like when an authors stays connected with their fans through a blog. It gives more realism of them outside of their books. I will often read through an entire archive.

    Schedule – Not as important to me, but still nice to have. What conferences or Cons you will be at. Please, please consider coming to Canada.

    Also, I notice that we are only able to comment on the most recent posts. It would be nice to post this in the actual post it pertains to, but I couldn’t get the comment form up on that post. Just thought I would mention it.

    Love your books, and love the new site. Can’t wait to get my hands on Dragon Keeper.

  2. I couldn’t leave a comment on the post about the site redesign, so I’m doing it here. I don’t really have much to add to what Pisces Muse said, he/she made some good points.
    I think I would like to see the recommendations page return in some form – I’m nearly done reading all your books and I’m curious who your favorite authors are.

  3. I think we’ve got it repaired!

    Several readers noted this for us. Thanks for the pings! I do appreciate hearing when something is out of whack!

    Robin

    And as to reviews . . . I think as I read, I’ll post comments, rather than create a separate page for them. What do you think of that idea?

    RH

  4. I think that sounds good. I always find it interesting to hear authors talk about what kind of books they like – what inspires them, what they learn from it. (Loved the bit about Leiber in your recent interview.)