Author Interview with Susan Helene Gottfried

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.)

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.

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.

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2012 Goals

I don’t usually make resolutions, because to be honest I don’t think they ever work. Instead I’m going to make mine goals and let’s just leave the New Year nonsense out of it. The only reason I’m posting this now is because the calendar makes a convenient tracker. Last year, I started keeping my wordcount in these posts and graphing them here because that’s what we spreadsheet monkeys like to do. I didn’t keep up on it as well as I could have because I didn’t have any concrete number I was aiming for. I ended up with 90,706 words written last year as a result. Terrible.

I’m going to push myself to keep better track this year by announcing that my goal is to write 250,000 words in 2012. How did I come up with this magical number? I started with the goal of 1000 words a day, and then tried to figure out how many days out of a month I might reasonably attain that number. I settled on 20 days per month, giving me 240,000 words. Then I added in the bonus 10k just for kicks, figuring I can pick up 10 extra 1000 word days out of those “wasted” days each month.

I’ve also set a goal to read 52 books this year. I’m ahead on that curve, because I’ve read two and it’s only the first week!

My third goal is to publish three novel length works this year. That one I’m really unsure about. I know I can make two, but the third will be tricky.

So, that’s my list. Do you have any goals you want to share with the class?


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Author Interview with Thea Isis Gregory

It is with great pleasure that I host a lovely lady I had the privilege to meet on twitter. She specializes in zombies, but don’t let that scare you. The first in her series of Zombie Bedtime Stories is called Locked In.

Here’s the blurb:

Haley is enjoying her new job as a paramedic on a beautiful summer’s day. Not even her dour and sullen partner, Frank, can deflate her enthusiasm for life. Responding to a routine call near her former high school, she is excited to see her old hang-out spot, the park. On arrival, something is clearly wrong, and Haley is attacked by one of her old friends.

Soon, she begins to experience disturbing changes in her personality and food preferences, until she wakes up a zombie.

Her consciousness is suspended in a body that she can’t control, and she needs to find a way to escape.


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


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Chance Encounter

One of the stories I promised myself I’d tell after I finished Broods was how Brand and Alice met. The result is a 2400 word story called “Chance Encounter” that you can download for free until the end of the day (1/4) on Amazon. Run and grab your copy now!

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Review of By the Book

By the BookBy the Book by Scarlett Parrish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m of two minds about this book. I liked it. I really did. There’s a beautiful seduction as the main storyline that I adored and is probably one of the better ones I’ve read lately. At the same time the ending left me with some not so very nice feelings. Most of the time I wanted to smack some sense into Reece. Daniel and Georgia were both wonderful characters, but of course Daniel stole the show, as you know he will from the very first page.

There just seemed to be way too much angst most of the time and I felt like it bogged an otherwise great story down. I’m going to give it a four because I did love it and I absolutely could not put it down once I started it, but it did leave me feeling unfulfilled.

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