The art of the interview

I just did a podcast interview with Vanessa Frank who is based in California, which I can honestly say was really fun! I feel like I have come a long way since I started doing interviews and I wanted to write about what I thought I have started doing right. Here’s a link to my interview and you can see if I took my own advice



  1. Be current My book is on film and story structure so I always refresh my memory of some recent films that are relevant to my book (I jot them down on a paper to have in front of me during the interview because my mind goes blank sometimes!). I also look up the interviewer and find out what their interest is right now and how my book will overlap with their interest. If there is something in the news or on people’s minds these days that relates to my book it is a great way connect people to what you are saying.
  2. Ask for some Sample Questions Upfront Nobody wants you to blank on what’s your best advice? or tell us your best story of writing the book. Sometimes you just have to ask.
  3. Listen to your Interviewer Like a Friend Assume that s/he likes you and you have nothing to prove. I find this mindset helps me to really listen and gives the interview a lot more flow. I was so interested in Vanessa’s perspective it was easy to respond.
  4. Take Care of the Business I dropped the ball here. Who will benefit from you giving them a shout out? Be generous. Who do you need to thank? What upcoming events do you have? Unfortunately I blanked on all this.
  5. Nobody’s Perfect There is no perfect interview. Be human and forgive yourself when you make a mistake.

About Kim Hudson

KIM HUDSON Author of The Virgin’s Promise I grew up in the Yukon, as what I would describe as a Hero’s daughter with a Cinderella Complex. Basically life taught me many of the things I needed to know to write my first book, The Virgin's Promise. It is on a story structure for a character that needs to connect to who she really is, separate from what everyone else expects of her. It uses movie example and is equally applicable to any kind of story telling. I spent the first half of my career first as a field geologist and later as a federal land claims negotiator. It was the 80's and I was proving I could do whatever men could do. I also learned that I am fascinated with masculine/feminine dynamics. Exploring my feminine side became important to me as I raised my two daughters. This lead me to study Writing for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School, and take courses on mythology, feminism and psychology including a Jungian Odyssey in Switzerland. The theory of the Virgin's journey was developed by closely observing the archetypal expressions that are all around us in movies, music, television, advertisements and stories of personal growth, including my own. In my posts I want to introduce an archetypal structure that expands the work of Joseph Campbell on the Hero's journey to include a feminine archetype. I hope it will create stories about women and men who follow their spiritual, sexual or creative awakening, otherwise known as their feminine side. I’ve tried to use examples of male and female Virgins to show this. So go ahead and explore the ideas, tell me what movies you liked and what stories you think is also a Virgin pathway, or stories of your own personal Virgin journey.
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4 Responses to The art of the interview

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Wonderful adgice, Kim! Congrats on the interview!!

  2. Kim Hudson says:

    Thanks Mary,


  3. Kim, this is such good advice. I’ve only been interviewed on blogs before, so that’s so much easier than live, because you have the time to remember everything you need to, and look up what you don’t know 🙂 I’m off to listen to the interview now!
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