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Advice > Interviews with Writers & Authors

Sometimes reading interviews with writers and professional screenwriters can provide just the inspiration needed to turn the next corner. These featured writer interview question and answer sessions aim to do just that. Take a look at writing a screenplay, plot development, or screenwriting formats from a new perspective. Either way, you're sure to step outside your typical habits with some insider knowledge from published authors.

Interview with: Shawn Lawrence Otto - Screenwriter of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

WS: You graduated magna cum laude AND Phi Beta Kappa from a small, private liberal arts college, Macalester in St. Paul. What was your major and did it have any impact on your careers as house painter, apartment house owner, and prize-winning s...

Read more... | Published: 12/19/03 | by The Writers Store

An Industry Interview with Manager/Producer Andy Cohen on Selling Books to Hollywood

Andy Cohen is the President of Grade A Entertainment, a production and management company representing writers, directors and authors in feature films, episodic and long-form television. Before founding Grade A, Andy spent ten years as both an exe...

Read more... | Published: 06/20/03 | by Howard Meibach

Interview with Dave Hackel: Creator and Executive Producer of the TV Show 'Becker'

Dave Hackel's producing credits include such long-running hits as Paramount's comedy series 'Wings' and 'Dear John.' Hackel's first writing assignment for a series came in 1978 for the 'Barney Miller' spinoff, 'Fish,' starring Abe Vigoda. While wr...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview with: Vickie Patik - Writer/Director/Actor

Vickie Patik has enjoyed success in nearly every facet of entertainment, first as a singer/dancer in Los Angeles civic light opera and Broadway productions and actress on soap operas, then as a screenwriter of numerous movies for television. A fr...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview with: Lewis Colick - Award Winning Screenwriter

Lewis Colick: Script Tips Lewis Colick estimates that he's been writing for 25 years and 'making a living at it for about 18.' His critically-acclaimed 'October Sky earned him the 1999 Humanitas Prize for Best Feature Script and a Writers Guild n...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview with: Donald Spoto - Biographer/Historian

Biographer and historian Donald Spoto believes the goal of the biographer is first and foremost to tell the truth. 'Our purpose,' he said, 'is to set the record straight, celebrate lives, and set forth certain aspects of history and human behavio...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview with: John Wirth - Television Writer/Producer

John Wirth is writer and executive producer of 'Nash Bridges' starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. He serves on the board of the Writers Guild of America west on its Television Writers Council. He graciously took time out to tell us about his ca...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview with: Lenny Ripps - Comedy Writer

It's hard to imagine television without the situation comedy, perhaps the most intrinsically American form of comedy today. From 'I Love Lucy' to 'Friends' the genre has taken many twists and turns, going from one-camera to three-camera setups, fr...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview: Karin Howard - German/American Writer

Karin Howard has written for nearly every medium: she's written film scripts and TV shows in English and German, she has several novels to her credit, she has a degree in journalism and has worked as a journalist and even hosted a television magaz...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store

Interview: Bob Holman - Screenwriters' Agent

Kathryn Knowlton, Literary Manager and President of Creative Script Services talks with Bob Holman of Holman, Maybank and Live, a 'boutique' agency that represents screenwriters. Kathryn Knowlton: Bob, I know you've worked at both large agencies ...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Kathryn Knowlton

Interview: Ray Gideon - Screenwriter

Originally an actor, Ray Gideon first took the turn into writing 20 years ago with fellow actor Bruce Evans, and the two of them have been working together ever since. It's a partnership that has yielded some impressive credits, first with short f...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by The Writers Store