Monday, May 21, 2007

This is an idea I first got when I was living in Paris for three months and doing nothing but reading, writing, and napping (along with taking French classes in the morning).

I had no TV and no Internet, so I spent most of my time reading books. The more I read, the more I thought about the books and about the authors that had written them. I had so many questions about the story, the way the author had come upon certain decisions, and about the craft of writing.

But I had nowhere to go to get the answers.

So I came up with the idea of having a website that would allow readers to submit questions to certain authors. It would be my job (as the webmaster) to get those questions to the author via the publisher.

This would be incredible tough at first, but I think that once a few authors agree to this kind of access (especially with email and all) it would get easier.

So, my question is this:
Do you find the idea interesting/compelling? Would you be interested in being able to get very specific answers to very specific questions about the work of certain contemporary authors?

We aren't talking about general, big idea stuff, we're talking about really specific questions like "In the part of the book where X confesses his addiction to Y, he uses the word "unstoppable." That is a key term in psychology. Did you research the subject and really get into it or do you know someone who has gone through this?"

Granted, I just made that up and may not be very good, but that's the best I could come up with right now. When I first thought of the website I had some good ones, so I'll post those as I find them or come up with new ones from my current readings.

Is this something worth pursuing?


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