My writerly background is primarily non-fiction and journalism. As such, I’ve done a lot of interviews. Along this journey I’ve learned a few tricks: one is to approach an interview as a therapist would approach a patient.
In college I took some psychology classes: not to become a therapist but to learn what makes people tick. These classes helped a great deal in this regard and in dealing with people in general.
I found this particularly helpful while I was working with a Smoky Mountain Visitors Guide, for which I was interviewing a different Smoky Mountains region artist each month. The articles were full-page spreads and needed to be in depth and interesting. Artists *can* be kind of high-strung. Here are a few of the tricks I developed. Continue reading “Interview like a Pro: Think like a Shrink”