Reading Women Look Back and Share How Their Author Interviews Started
This Week from the Reading Women Podcast
In this week’s episode, we look back at past author interviews throughout the years, and Kendra shares some behind-the-scenes memories around some of her most memorable interviews.
From the episode:
Kendra: So author interviews, how did they happen? Well, our first season in 2016 was a half year season, from June to December. And Autumn and I were really just doing this as a hobby. As many of you might already know, it was two friends making a podcast for our friends. We didn’t really expect a lot of people to listen. But Autumn and I were just out of grad school and going through a lot. And this was a way for us to connect as friends, as she lived in Atlanta and I lived in Greenville, South Carolina. And it was a way for us to stay on top of our studying because when you come out of grad school, you don’t want to lose that love of literature in that way. We wanted to still be able to use that as we go through all of these, like, beginning jobs that you do out of grad school […]
We we were at the Decatur Book Festival, and we saw that Rebecca Traister had a panel. We bee-lined it and went to the panel. Loved it. And so we’re up at the signing line. I, in particular, tend to just, like, lose all sense of thought. I get very flabbergasted. And I don’t remember what I said, to be perfectly honest. But I do remember what she said. She she said, “Oh, do you do author interviews?” And Autumn and I—at the same time—say, “Yes! Of course we do author interviews.” We . . . we didn’t. We didn’t do author interviews normally. Actually, we’d never done an author interview at that point. But we, of course, wanted to talk to her. And that kind of inspired our move in 2017 to start doing author interviews as we found authors we were interested in. And so we didn’t actually get to talk to Rebecca Traister until her next book came out because she’s a very busy woman. She writes amazing articles. You should definitely go check them out.