Friday, January 27, 2012

Author Interview: Printz Novelist John Corey Whaley

This week has been full of new experiences for me. The biggest being me trying to come up with a way to interview authors in a new way. Over the past two years, I have interviewed a few authors and through sending them questions and receiving their answers I felt a disconnect. One of the ways I've been working on changing that for myself is to start a weekly podcast that discusses all things YA. And while it is still a passion of mine, it has been shelved for a while.

A few days ago, I had a brainblast moment (any Jimmy Neutron fans out there?). I started thinking about video interviews. I have the knowledge and a platform now to accomplish at least that. So I looked into it a bit more and after just a short time I was ready to get into it!

Seeing as this all happened within the last few days, I really wanted to get John Corey Whaley, newly awarded Printz author of Where Things Come Back, to be my first interviewee. And fortunately for me, he complied. The interview comes in four parts. In part one, we discuss his book and other random conversation. In part 2, I ask him fan-submitted questions. And in part 3, Corey answers obscure questions that I came up with. Part four continues random questions and Batman discussion. So if you're in for a laugh and have time to watch, here's my first author interview with John Corey Whaley.

I'm still in a trial phase with this sort of interview style, so if you would like to leave feedback in the comments on how you like it or what I could do to improve the next time I would love to hear it! I apologize for the video quality of this one. I didn't quite have the hang of the program just yet. Bear with me ;)

We won't be doing all of our interviews like this unfortunately because it takes a lot longer to make, but I hope to have them for you more throughout the year. I hope you enjoy new frontiers because we love exploring them!


  1. Love the format! More, please :)

  2. Juanpablo SullivanJanuary 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Like, but only for audio. Honestly, I just listened to it without watching because of the lag. I think it'd be better if you filmed yourself asking each question and had the author film each answer, IMO.

  3. The lag was my own fault. I wasn't practiced with the program I was using, so it recorded at the wrong frame rate. I figured people would only listen to this one, but there wasn't anything I could do to fix it :/ 

    I had thought about doing what you suggested, but that is no different than sending the author questions through an email and getting their answers. There's no back and forth. I wanted it to be as casual as possible. 

    I figured out the problem and fixed the lag with my next interview, so hopefully it'll change your opinion :)