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I have nineteen questions for you…

Over the past year, our writer interviews have become a favourite read on the PRISM website. We’ve had the chance to share with you exciting new works and engaging conversations from emerging to established writers across multiple genres. The tradition of writers interviewing writers has a long and rich history. Amongst the classics— from the Proust Questionnaire to The Paris Review —there are a growing number of websites dedicated to this form.

For the next month, I’ll post a short synopsis from some of our favourite “writers in conversation with writers” websites and link to a  number of the “stand out” interviews. Without further ado, for your reading and writing pleasure, I’d like to introduce…

Nineteen Questions

“How writers became who they are.”

The interviews are witty, engaging, and (though the title suggests otherwise) not limited to an actual 19 questions. You’ll be introduced to new writers and read never before heard responses to unconventional questions charting the path of some of your favourite authors from Canada and around the world. The entire site is well worth your time. Here are a few  favourites:

Chris Frey

Chris Frey

“What is the worst thing you’ve ever done for money?”  From Roquela Fernandez’s interview with Chris Frey.

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger

“I read that you had great difficulty finding a publisher for The Time Traveler’s Wife. One article stated that it was rejected twenty-five times prior to MacAdam/Cage. Is that true? Do you have any advice for writers on how to handle the rejection process?” From Kelsey Savage’s interview with Audrey Niffenegger.

Matt Rader

Matt Rader

When you write, who are you addressing? Do you write for an audience or purely for yourself in the hope that the work will find an audience?” From Christopher Evans’ interview with Matt Rader.

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki

“With your bicultural background, please explain something in Japanese that is hard to translate into English.” From Kris Kosaka’s interview with Ruth Ozeki.