Interrogate the Mystery Writers
April 30, 2009 6:50 AM Subscribe
I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing.
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I will be the moderator of a panel of mystery writers at a convention. But the writers will be acting in character as their protagonists. My job is to ask questions that lead to fun answers and conversation among the writers (characters), entertain people in the audience, and allow the writers to make themselves look good, hence selling books.
Typically getting some interaction going is easy, because you can ask the writers all the same question (What do you think of CSI? or something), and get them to agree/disagree/discuss their differences.
But with everyone acting as characters in their books, I'm having trouble coming up with questions that will foster interaction among the panelists, since it doesn't make sense for them to be talking to each other about mystery writing--because in character, they're not all writers as they are in real life. But I don't want the panel to be just a set of questions that I ask each person independently-- I want to get some back and forth going.
The books are all lightly comic, and the characters will include:
- a young 1920's girl, a Scottish member of England's royal family who to avoid a bad marriage is living on her wits in London, and ends up accidentally involved in murders;
- a cat detective (not a detector of cats, but a cat who is a Private Eye) who solves mysteries in the tradition of Sam Spade
- a contemporary female English professor who gets accidentally mixed up in the murder investigation of a student;
- a contemporary older lady who pretends to be a crossword puzzle expert (she isn't one), and ends up solving mysteries.
Any questions at all are appreciated. I have some but need better ideas and a more robust list of questions...