How do I interview an author?

When asked, I immediately replied, “Yes!”
But now it is Monday and the interview is Thursday at 4pm.
Now they are asking to preview my questions
But they are only swimming in my mind.

As soon as the school day ends,
I leave and find a quiet spot
Piled next to me are all his books
alongside my notebook where I’ve made some jots.

Krista TIppett, from On Being
always starts asking a childhood question
I can do that, too.
Sonja Cherry-Paul, from The Black Creators series
always ends with this question:
What does it mean to you to be a Black Creator?
I want to ask that, too.

I also have a few questions
from my students
while we did a deep-dive
of all Jerry Craft’s books,
We called it our “Jerry Craft Craft Study”!

My pen quickly filled my notebook page.
Then I typed it all into ten questions,
made a pdf and attached it and pressed send
so the email reaches the conference planners.

With a combinaton of excitement and nervousness
I put a load of laundry into the washer
and planned out what I’ll wear on Thursday.
I get to interview author, Jerry Craft!!

13 thoughts on “How do I interview an author?

  1. carwilc says:

    Wow, wow, wow! You get to interview Jerry Kraft! My sixth graders and I love his work; we are jealous! I love the questions you have written! So carefully crafted and connected to his books! Whoever gets to hear/read this interview will learn a lot!!!


  2. Rita K. says:

    Thanks for such an interesting slice. How exciting to have the opportunity to interview an author. I’m not familiar with Jerry Kraft’s work, but will definitely check it out. Your questions are wonderful and I’m sure the interview will be a success. Good luck!


  3. Fran McCrackin says:

    I knew from a previous post about this interview coming up, and I was really eager to read your questions! It might seem easy to do this but you approach it seriously and your attitude and research and thoughtfulness raise the level of your questioning. Yet you still keep such a friendly, warm air. I particularly notice how you handle #8. If you, a white lady, just asked out of the blue about what it means to be a black creator, it might have fallen flat. But you borrow the question and all of a sudden it is perfect. I can’t wait to hear about his responses!


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      Fran, it means so much to me to read this comment. I am a little nervous as a white woman to do this interview but I am an ally and I so respect his work. And I want him to be able to speak his truth. I did get a response that he accepts ALL my questions. I am good to go!! Think about me at 4pm on Thursday.


  4. amyjuengst says:

    I am so excited for you and I learned a lot from your process of creating interview questions! I can’t wait to read about your experience interview a graphic novelist super star. You’ve got this!!


  5. cmargocs says:

    Such well-thought-out questions–you are an excellent moderator! I’m glad your interview went well, and I bet your students will be excited to hear the answers.

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