Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where we’re welcoming cooler temperatures. I have the joy of interviewing multi-published nonfiction author Jan Kern today. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jan at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, where she serves on the faculty. She has a true heart for following God’s lead in her writing, covering difficult but crucial topics—and now following Him into an uncertain transition period. As so many writers are in transition nowadays, you’re sure to be inspired by her example.

CAN Jan KernJan, how did you get into writing?

I’ve always loved books and playing with words. As a little girl I wrote to Mr. Walt Whitman at Whitman Publishers and asked how I might become a writer. He wrote back saying I should study hard in school and write often. And no, at that time I didn’t realize that Walt Whitman had been dead for more than half a century, but I’m grateful for the kind soul at Whitman Publishers that took time to write to a little girl.

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BioPicBlues Jan here, writing to you once again on a beautiful day from the sunny foothills of the Sierras.

In this last post in my series on interviewing, let’s take a look at more ways you can use the interview that you now have skillfully procured . . .

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BioPicBluesJan here, enjoying a beautiful day in the foothills of the Sierras. I’m getting ready to wander out to a coffee shop to meet a writing friend, but before I do I’d like to add another post to my sumer interviewing series.

Today’s focus will be the development of strong interview questions. Two goals: First, in your interviews, you want to get to the good stuff that will bring your writing to life. Second, the interview won’t be boring for you or your interviewee.

So where to start . . .

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BioPicBlues Jan here, writing to you from the sizzling Sierra foothills of California. It feels like a great time to retreat to a cool place and write . . . or venture out and engage in a strong interview.

Today I’m continuing my series on interviewing for writing. Handled professionally and well, interviewing can yield long-term relationships which impact both your writing and your marketing.

Looking at those moments of the interview, let’s talk about when the story gets difficult.

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BioPicBlues Hi! Jan here continuing the conversation about interviewing. And yes, let’s make this a conversation. Join in!

In my last post, in sharing interview tips, I included the following two:

– Treat each person you interview as a person, with compassion and dignity.
– Be aware when some aspect of their story may be a struggle for them to tell.

What about those?

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