This activity works well with short stories, picture books, or once students are a few chapters into or have finished a novel. • Before you begin decide the specific purpose of this author interview is—what you want readers to question. Creating a bank of sample questions or question stems is useful. • Decide if students will be assigned or choose characters whose point of view they will adopt for the question creation. Creating a graphic organizer for questions, a model author interview letter, and response would all be appropriate modeling tools or scaffolds.