There are good interviewers and there are bad interviewers. Leaonard Marcus–on this occasion, at least–is a bad interviewer. The great minds of young adult and children’s fantasy, and he asked them all basically the same questions.
A good interview follows writers down the rabbit hole, engages them in conversations about the creative process, about their inspirations and opinions. A bad interview asks “did your childhood affect your writing?” and then doesn’t ask any follow-ups. Seriously, there are like 2 follow up questions in the whole book.
This is a bad book of bad interviews with great writers. And each interview just gets more and more disappointing.