Author Interview with Susan Helene Gottfried

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 | 5 comments

I’ve got an interview today with a wonderful lady I met while doing the Pink Snowbunnies in Hell Flash Fiction Anthology. She wrote a clever tale about hellbunnies attacking some wayward Rock Stars with killer snowballs. As you might imagine, she’s quite inventive. Please welcome to my little corner of the webiverse, Susan Helene Gottfried. Susan writes stories about Rock Stars and she’s got a few out now that you can look through here. Like many of my author friends, she’s a great twitter buddy, so I encourage you to follow her there.

And now, on to the interview!

1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)
“Motherfucker.” (Trevor’s Song)

2. Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
Trevor initially comes off as being annoying, but before you’re halfway through, you’ll become his biggest supporter. He’s that awesome.

3. In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)
Complicated

4. Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.
I created a fictional city, Riverview, so I had full artistic license to put things where they don’t necessarily belong. Haven’t you ever read a book set in a city you either live in or know really well, only to be upset because the shoe store isn’t where you were an hour ago? I wanted to avoid that at all costs. Thus, Riverview, USA.

5. Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.
Oh, it has to be Trevor. He’s so much fun to write. Trevor has an irrverence that, combined with a brutal honesty, lets him get away with things very few people in real life would be able to.

6. What’s your favorite verb?
Umm. Hmm. I don’t think I have a favorite verb. There are just too many to choose from, and they are so utterly tailored to the situation, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

7. What’s the last book you read?
Jennifer Estep’s Tangled Threads. I’ve been a huge fan of Jennifer’s since I won a copy of Karma Girl, her debut, in an online contest.

8. Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?
Lessa, from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight (and others). Here’s a link to an interview I gave in 2009 all about how Lessa influenced me.
http://aartichapati.blogspot.com/2009/11/rosies-riveters-susan-lessa.html

9. Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.
Well, you see, I was born, and my fate was sealed at that moement… Seriously. I joke that my being a writer is a birth defect, but the truth is that if this is a birth defect, I am one lucky woman.

10. What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?
Stop being afraid, and go for it. With gusto and no reservations. And to work, work, work and write, write, write.

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Coral!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Susan. You didn’t mention it in your interview, but do you have anything new coming out soon that you’d like to tell my readers about?

  2. Great interview! Lessa was a favourite of mine too. I loved finding a strong female leader in a book as there were few real ones on TV growing up.

  3. Good thinking, Coral! Yes, I have two releases in 2012: April 12 will be the follow-up to Trevor’s Song. And in October, I’ll release the final Demo Tapes anthology. It’s going to be a busy 2012!

  4. I love these questions! I find myself wanting to answer them. (Favorite verb? Run! LOL.)

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