One Question – My Experiment

Recently, after a couple of Zoom conversations with my friend, Kathleen Rodgers, I thought it might be fun to record conversations with author friends about their thoughts on writing and their recent work or novels. (SEE OUR “CHAT” BELOW!)

After weeks of thinking about it and trying to find a good time, I finally jumped in and interviewed Kathy about her latest novel, The Flying Cutterbucks.

The conversation was intended to be just that–a conversation, and not an overly formatted interview. This made it both exciting and scary.  Though I did have a couple of questions in mind to ask, Kathy didn’t have a heads up about what I would be asking.  I think you’ll see in the video, it really was spontaneous–especially by the fact I didn’t even have a title for the “episode” yet. But we had fun, and hopefully, viewers will learn a little bit about Kathy, her novel and her writing process.

Though we had intended to limit this episode to 15 minutes, thinking many people may not have the time to watch anything longer, as often happens when we talk, one topic begat another, and we talked on and on. Next time, perhaps I’ll set a timer, a proverbial hook to pull the performers off the stage. 🙂

This little challenge of “one topic begetting another” also led me to ask more than “One Question,” which is why I edited my title page to add, “or two, or three, or four…”

Obviously, I have some work to do as an interviewer.

So, I hope you’ll forgive my lack of polish and precision, and instead, will enjoy being a “fly on the wall” of my conversation with my very talented author friend!

Feel free to leave your comments about the video, including any critique. I’m always open to new ideas!

Thank you for watching!

For more information on Kathleen M. Rodgers and her books, please visit her website at:


Stay tuned! Next up in October, my “chat” with author friend, Linda Apple about her new book, Bowwow! Book of Winston’s Words of Wisdom.


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11 Responses to One Question – My Experiment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great job, Jan! Is there anything you cannot do????

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kathleen M. Rodgers says:

    I’m so honored to be your first guest. What a fun venture to share together during these difficult days. I’m glad I’m included as one of your friends in your Circle of Light.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jan Morrill says:

    Reblogged this on Jan Morrill, Author & Speaker and commented:

    What happens when two author friends get together to chat? Meet Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of The Flying Cutterbucks!


  4. Dear Jan,

    I would never guess this was uncharted waters for you. You have a knack for interviewing. I felt like I was enjoying the company of two friends. It was fun to listen and learn. Kathleen is truly one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. (She introduced me to Diane Nine who now represents me and mine.) Thanks for sharing this.




  5. Reblogged this on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple and commented:
    I wanted to share this most comfortable interview between two of my favorite author friends. Kathleen Rodgers and Jan Marler Vanik. Kathleen kindly referred me to agent, Diane Nine who now represents my work.


  6. Loved your live interview! You and Kathleen both look like pros on camera.


  7. Such fun to listen to two writers discussing the process. I hope there will be more.


    • Kathleen M. Rodgers says:

      Hi, Eugenia,
      Thank you so much for tuning in. Jan and I had a lot of fun. All praise goes to Jan for setting this up. 🙂
      Take care,


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