Rose Fox, editor extraordinaire at Publishers Weekly and cofounder of magazine’s Genreville blog, took some video of the authors at the Barnes & Noble mass signing a few weeks ago that featured Charles Ardai, Anna DeStefano, Leanna Renee Hieber and Jack Ketchum .  A full transcript of the video can be found here.

I especially love what Jack Ketchum says about getting to know his characters inside and out before he writes their story.  I think this is so important for authors.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a manuscript and felt as though I didn’t really get the hero or heroine’s main personality until 2/3 of the way through.  It’s then a lot of work for the author to have to go back and layer that personality through from the beginning in a realistic way.

But it’s also really fun to see what inspires different writers and where the ideas for books like DARK LEGACY, HUNT AT THE WELL OF ETERNITY, COVER, and THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PARKER come from.