Sunday, September 20, 2020

Interview Insights When The Roles Are Reversed

By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin

Over the years I've interviewed New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins a number of times for different magazine articles. When we met at least three decades ago, both of us were magazine editors and attending the Evangelical Press Association convention. One evening at EPA, three of us (all editors) played scrabble against Jerry—and Jerry won. He is a world-class scrabble player and knows all of the strange three letter words.

When Jerry and Tim LaHaye wrote the first Left Behind novel, Jerry sent me a review copy. I read it while on a trip and was skeptical about the plot. The opening scene where half of the people in a 747 are raptured (disappear) seemed unbelievable (even though I understood this concept from the Bible). Then I got hooked with the characters and read every one of those books (which have sold over 60 million copies).

Jerry graciously agreed to write the foreword for my newest book, 10 Publishing Myths. Both of us have appeared on the same stages at various writers' conferences yet Jerry had never interviewed me—until recently. Jerry runs the Jenkins Writers Guild and each month has a Master Class interview (follow this link to see a sample and even sign up.) Several months ago, the Jenkins Guild released our interview. I asked (and received) permission to post this 36-minute interview hereEither click the link to open the video in a new window or use the video below.


We covered a wide range of questions including:

Yes there is a great deal of valuable content packed into this video. I had fun answering Jerry's questions and I hope each of you will enjoy and gain value from this video. It was a different experience for us to reverse roles for this interview and Jerry interviewed me instead of my interviewing him.

Have you experienced this interview reversal? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.


Bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins interviews this prolific editor and author. Watch this valuable video when the roles are reversed. (ClickToTweet)



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4 Comment:

At 3:36 AM, Blogger Lynne Strang Left a note...

In May, I interviewed a small business owner for my blog after I learned about a TEDx talk he had to deliver in front of an empty auditorium due to the pandemic. Over the summer, this business owner interviewed me for his podcast -- where we had an interesting discussion about the benefits of public speaking for small business owners. I found our exchange of interviews to be a fun, rewarding experience.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


Thank you for this comment. It is fun to be on the opposite site of the table for an interview. I'm glad you found it fun and rewarding.


At 3:10 PM, Blogger Linda M. Kurth Left a note...

An informative interview, Terry.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


Thanks for watching and this feedback. I appreciate you.



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