Interviews With Famous Authors – 17 Questions Answered


Amanda Patterson began a series called 17 Questions for guest speakers in 2004.

These are the questions authors answered:

1. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
2. What is your most treasured possession?
3. Which living person do you most dislike?
4. What is your greatest fear?
5. Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?
6. What is your greatest regret?
7. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?
8. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?
9. What is your favourite journey?
10. What do you most value in a friend?
11. What quality do you most admire in a woman?
12. Which book that you’ve written is your favourite?
13. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
14. What are your favourite names?
15. What do you do as a hobby?
16. What are your top 3 books?
17. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Click on an author’s name to read their answers. (We are busy moving our older  interviews to our new website. We apologise for the inconvenience.)

Before the 17 Questions: 

Ian Rankin

17 (Or So) Questions

  1. Adriana Trigiani
  2. Alex Harris
  3. Alexander McCall Smith
  4. Alexandra Fuller
  5. André Brink
  6. Angela Makholwa
  7. Anne Harries
  8. Arthur Goldstuck
  9. Barbara Nadel
  10. Bongani Madondo
  11. Bryce Courtenay
  12. Darrel Bristow-Bovey
  13. David Medallie
  14. Dennis Beckett
  15. Elma van Vliet
  16. Ellen Banda-Aaku
  17. Emma van der Vliet
  18. Finuala Dowling
  19. Gail Schimmel
  20. George Bizos
  21. Gwynne Conlyn
  22. Hilary Claire
  23. Jackie Collins
  24. Jassy McKenzie
  25. Jenny Crwys-Williams
  26. Jill Mansell
  27. Joanne Harris
  28. Jodi Picoult
  29. John Connolly
  30. John van de Ruit
  31. Jonathan Kaplan
  32. Lauren Liebenberg
  33. Lee van Loggerenberg
  34. Marcus Chown
  35. Marian Keyes
  36. Marina Lewycka
  37. Marita van der Vyfer
  38. Mavis Cheek
  39. Melinda Ferguson
  40. Michael Connelly
  41. Nicholas Ashby
  42. Pamela Jooste
  43. Patricia Schonstein
  44. Peter Godwin
  45. Philippa Gregory
  46. Prue Leith
  47. Rachel Zadok
  48. Richard Kunzmann
  49. Robert Calderisi
  50. Ryk Neethling
  51. Sam Cowen
  52. Santa Montefiore
  53. Shaun Thomson
  54. Stephen Leather
  55. Susan Mann
  56. Tertia Albertyn
  57. Tim Plewman
  58. Tom Eaton
  59. Troy Blacklaws

The Writers Write Interview

Our current interviews are longer and are called The Writers Write Interview

  1. Alan Hollinghurst
  2. Alex van Tonder
  3. Andrew Gross
  4. Barbara Kingsolver
  5. Chris Ryan
  6. David Baldacci
  7. James Hendry
  8. Janet Fitch
  9. Jassy McKenzie
  10. Jeffery Archer
  11. Jeffery Deaver
  12. Jodi Picoult (again)
  13. John Connolly (again)
  14. John van de Ruit (again)
  15. Justin Bonello
  16. Kate Sidley
  17. Lauren Beukes
  18. Lesley Pearse
  19. Máire Fisher
  20. Mandy Wiener
  21. Mary Rolph Lamontagne
  22. Michael Robotham
  23. Peter James
  24. Priscilla Holmes
  25. Raymond E. Feist
  26. Siphiwo Mahala
  27. Susan Lewis
  28. Thando Mgqolozana
  29. Tuelo Gabonewe

Writers Write – Write to communicate.

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