February 6, 2012

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: Susan Helene Gottfried

As part of my love for you lovely followers, I'm pleased to present to you a fabulous author: Susan Helene Gottfried!
Check out her ALL of her books here and her website here to learn more!

When and why did you begin writing?

I have always been writing, from the time I started talking, until now. Obviously, when I started talking, I didn’t know how to hold a pencil and make legible marks on a page. I started out following that oldest of traditions: oral storytelling.

What is the hardest part of writing your book? What is the easiest?

The hardest part is always turning off the social media and the promotion machine and giving myself into the act of writing. Which is the easiest part, because I get so lost and so caught up in my own fictional world, I lose track of everything. It’s actually a scary head-space to be in at times, it’s so all-encompassing.

What music do you listen to while you write?

I almost always have Sirius-XM’s station Octane on. Hard rock. I can’t get enough of most of it (the rest, I rush to turn off!).

What inspires you?

Everything around me. Seriously. The other day, I passed a hot dog shop that’s been here since before I moved in. It’s on the main drag; you can’t miss it. It inspired a flash fiction piece that I posted at the #amwriting blog. Hot dogs!

Do you have any hidden talents?

Yep, but if I talk about them, they won’t be hidden anymore, and then I’ll need to cultivate new ones.

What are your current projects?

See? There’s a hidden talent. Seriously, the current projects are many. The sequel to Trevor’s Song, King Trevor, will come out April 12. After that, I’ll release the fourth in the popular Demo Tapes series in October. And I’m drafting a new book, with new characters, for what I hope will be an April 2013 release. I’m a little nervous about that release date, though.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin, for my book club. So far, I’m not in love and I’d give up, but since I’m the book club leader, I’ve got to keep reading. Sometimes, when I push myself like this, I wind up liking the book more than I expected to, so here’s hoping all those raves were right.

Quick: Vampires or Shapeshifter? Why?

Probably shapeshifters, although I am a little tired of people who see my band is named ShapeShifter and think I’m writing about some sort of species, not a rock band. Take a second and look around, people! The band got its name because Trevor’s last name is Wolff (we won’t discuss his self-selected middle name in polite company) and when he was a kid, he wished he could turn into a wolf and rip out his father’s throat.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Oh, I have lots of advice, but it all boils down to the same thing: learn the business. Pick what path works for you. And never, ever, never publish anything that’s not your best effort, no matter how eager you are to watch those sales reports start trickling in.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you. Oh, my goodness, thank you. My readers – and I’d be honored if all of you reading this would become one – inspire me daily. My readers are the force behind the Demo Tapes books, to be honest. They wanted them. I was going to hold out for Trevor’s Song to be my first book, but my readers rebelled. I’m glad I listened. A lot of people have found entre into Trevor’s stories through The Demo Tapes.

Thanks, Larissa! This was fun!

No problem S, now onto the giveaway!

Trevor's Song

Fame and Fortune have destroyed many a rock star, but Trevor Wolff has a bigger problem when his best friend Mitchell Voss commits an act of monogamy with sexy artist Kerri Broadhurst.

ShapeShifter band dynamics will never be the same with this new woman on the scene, and the distractions of two girlfriends and a world tour aren’t enough to keep Trevor from feeling like his carefully constructed world is crumbling around him. The pesky little illness he’s been hiding from his band mates isn’t help, either.

Trevor is determined to drive Kerri away so life can run properly. He’ll do whatever it takes, or die trying, and not just because if he doesn’t get well soon, time might be up for old Trevor. The last person he expects help or sympathy from is Kerri herself, but he may have to make common cause with his enemy if he’s to survive the fallout from the secrets he’s been hiding.

Giveaway Details:

1. To be eligible for this giveaway, you must be a follower of my blog.
2. To double your chances of winning, you must like my facebook page or follow my Twitter (which is on the sidebar on your right).
3. Leave a comment with your name and email address.
4. This giveaway ends Feb. 14 at 11:59pm.

Please make sure to thank this awesome author, Susan Helene Gottfried!

*cheers from the peanut gallery*


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