Thursday, April 18, 2013

{Review} The Disrespectful Interviewer: Thirteen Interviews with Authors by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Copyright: March 22, 2013
Publisher: Hat City Press

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Just what the title promises! Thirteen disrespectful interviews with authors, including: Chris Cleave, Jon Clinch, Tish Cohen, Joseph Finder, Kristy Kiernan, A.S. King, J.A. Konrath, Greg Logsted, Lisa McMann, Lynn Price, Lev Raphael, Adriana Trigiana ... and Lauren Baratz-Logsted - discover new favorites and see some of your favorite authors, like you've never seen them before!

Mandy's Review:

I'll confess: I do not know any of the authors who were interviewed. I'm actually appalled with myself. How can I be a book reviewer and have never heard of these thirteen people?! It's probably due to the fact that I've been reading, for the most part, indie authors ... but still ... I am ashamed.

When I received this "book" (let's face it - anything less than 100 pages cannot really be considered a book, can it? Especially when it's intended to be a "real" book .. you know, for adults) I was reading five or six actual novels at the time (i.e. 250 pages or more). Because I was bored stiff at work and looking for something to keep me awake, I decided to start reading The Disrespectful Interviewer. Not only did it keep me awake, I literally laughed out loud several times (which made my coworkers wonder why I was having so much fun performing my job).

My favorite parts were when the interviewee would be just as snarky (that's a great word, isn't it?) and sarcastic as the interviewer. I'm a huge fan of the snark and sarcasm is my second language so these interviews were right up my alley. It was refreshing to see actual interviews conducted where the authors were engaged. You have to admit, people, that asking an author the same interview questions over and over again is quite boring and cliche. I feel sorry for the authors who have to answer the same questions repeatedly, thus part of the reason you rarely see author interviews on this blog. I don't like submitting authors to such torture. However, since there is no patent pending on Lauren's disrespectful interviewing style, I may have to borrow some of her mojo the next time I decide to conduct an author interview.

Check out The Disrespectful Interviewer if you'd like to see how interesting interviews are actually conducted.

*A copy of this book was gifted via Amazon by the author in exchange for an honest and slightly snarky review.

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