Male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel.
In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are â€“ about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. The interviews much more seldom engage with the woman as a serious thinker, a philosopher, as a person with preoccupations that are going to sustain them for their lifetime.
Eleanor Catton, the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize.
Pair with Margaret Atwood on literatureâ€™s â€œwomen problemâ€Â and these illustrated biographies of women writers who shaped the literary canon, then consider what makes a great interview.