Just what the title promises! Thirteen disrespectful interviews with authors, including: Chris Cleave, Jon Clinch, Tish Cohen, Joseph Finder, Kristy Kiernan, A.S. King, J.A. Konrath, Greg Logsted, Lisa McMann, Lynn Price, Lev Raphael, Adriana Trigiana...and Lauren Baratz-Logsted - discover new favorites and see some of your favorite authors, like you've never seen them before!
I know I say it a lot, but that's only because it's true. I absolutely adore Lauren Baratz-Logsted. I haven't read a book of hers that I didn't like, and I've read many. I am always looking forward to picking up another. The Disrespectful Interview is the first non-fiction title that I've read from her but it was just as entertaining as the others.
I know for me, as a blogger, I am constantly trying to rack my brain for new and interesting questions to ask authors during blog tours and interviews. I can only imagine how many times an author is asked the same question repeatedly and that must get very boring and repetitive for them. That is where the idea for The Disrespectful Interviewer originated. Lauren (being the brilliant writer that she is) decided to ask the questions that never get asked, giving authors something new to discuss and share with readers.
Of course, Lauren doesn't just ask these questions in a normal fashion. Oh no, she has decided to conduct these interviews under a "rude and stupid persona". I knew right away that things were going to take an uncomfortable, yet hilarious, turn. To be honest, I hadn't heard of a few of these authors and had no experience with them before reading this so I wasn't sure how much I would be able to chalk up to sarcasm. But after reading their interviews, I came to one conclusion: I very seriously need to read their books.
My absolute favorite part about this book is the banter. Because the questions are posed in a somewhat rude way, the answers are always witty and sarcastic. My absolute favorite interview was with J.A. Konrath, in which brought us this clever quip:
LBL: Are you wearing now, or have you ever worn, women’s clothing?
JAK: Have you? I’ve seen pictures, and can’t tell.
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The interview later goes on to list some "book titles" to help you deal with the loss of a pet. Honestly, I could sit and read these titles for hours. I didn't want them to stop. Each interview comes loaded with snarky insults and sometimes even a little self-obsessing. All in good fun though. There is also a fun interview with Lauren's husband, Greg Logsted, which reminded me of my own marriage, and even an interview with herself. (Yes, she interviews herself.)
Overall, I truly enjoyed these interviews and it even introduced me to new authors to read. That is always a good thing! If you are a fan of sarcasm and banter like me, The Disrespectful Interviewer is for you. Feeling a little low and need something to lift your spirits? Read it all at once or read one interview at a time, you can't go wrong. You won't be able to stop yourself from laughing out loud at the ridiculous questions and the authors' responses.
For more about Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Disrespectful Interviewer, visit her website here.
*I received this book for free in exchange of my honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way and all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.