As you may know, I have an iPod and I can’t live with out it. I download free Podcasts on iTunes (by the way, you DO NOT have to have an iPod to utilize the free downloaded iTunes software and listen on your computer) and listen to them in the car or when I’m getting ready for bed. Recently I discovered the box in the bottom right hand corner of the iTunes Store Podcast page titled “Topics In Focus”. One of the topics is “Book Lovers” so of course I clicked on that immediately. There I found Podcasts about books and authors. There are thirty-eight different Podcasts to subscribe to (for free) so I narrowed it down and selected “Amazon Wire”, “iTunes: Meet The Author”, “Book Lust With Nancy Pearl” and “B&N Meet the Writers Audio Interviews”. So far I have listened to interviews with James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, Henry Winkler, Michael Connelly and Judy Bloom. Listening to these interviews is so interesting because I am reminded that these people have goals, self-doubt, and lives just like anybody else. Did you know that Stephenie Meyer didn’t even plan on publishing the TWILIGHT books until her sister suggested that she do it? She had written the first book, TWILIGHT, in just three months and her husband didn’t even know she was doing it. She wrote it to entertain herself and the idea for the story came from a dream she had had one night.
Another great place to find interviews with authors is B&N Studio and Borders Media. Personally I think that Barnes & Noble has a better system for this and has much more selection on their site. These interviews are viewed through the web site. So, if you would like to get to know some of your favorite authors a little better, I highly recommend checking out these great resources.