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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 doesn'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.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Okay, so I’m this hot rocker chick, right? You’d think I’d dream of travelling the world and attending every last one of the big music festivals – Download, Sonisphere, Rock in
Rio… all of ‘em. And, sure, give me VIP or a working pass and I’m there in a heartbeat.
But if you leave me to my own devices, I’m heading outside. To the country’s National Parks. I’d love to be one of those loony people who visits every last Park.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Travel does play into my books, simply because when you write about musicians, you wind up writing about their touring cycle. The Demo Tapes anthologies feature tales from the road, and Trevor’s Song was largely set on the road.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I do listen to music while I write. I keep it simple: no playlists over here, just satellite radio, tuned to Octane for the hard rock tunes.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
It depends. When my daughter gets her hands on it, she runs it full of Nickleback and Evanescence. Me, I’m the Metallica/Disturbed/Godsmack queen, although the new Shinedown (Amaryllis) is getting heavy play from us all over here, as well.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Probably that November night in 2008 when I went ahead and pushed PUBLISH on the first Demo Tapes anthology. This was before the Kindle, before the Nook, before e-books were such hot commodities. Back then, self-publishing wasn’t respected and it could have very well ended my literary ambitions.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
I have written a series of novels! Well, only two so far in the Trevolution, but when you add in the three (soon to be four) Demo Tapes short story anthologies, you get a full series. There might be more novels directly involving Trevor, Mitchell, and the gang. I haven’t decided yet.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
This is tricky and totally unrelated to the rest of the questions, but I wanted to include it because I seem to be one of the few people who doesn’t take these things personally. If you can detach yourself from the review, there might be some very good information and constructive criticism in there, and that’s the beauty of a negative review. Don’t dwell on the negativity; look for what you can learn and how to improve your writing.Thanks so much for taking time today to give us some insight into you and your book. It's been a pleasure talking with you.
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Susan Helene Gottfried is the author of ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 1, ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 2, Trevor’s Song, and ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 3. She can be found online at http://westofmars.com, where you can find The Meet and Greet, among other goodies.
A tone-deaf rocker-at-heart, Susan worked in retail record stores, in radio stations, as stage crew, and as a promoter while earning two college degrees in creative writing.
Susan walked away from a continued career in the music industry in order to write books, so it makes sense that most of her fiction revolves around rock bands. Once you get those record stores, radio stations, and fellow roadies and promoters under your skin, they never leave.
To fill her time, Susan works as a freelance book editor and works as a paid reviewer.
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