Author Interview, Susan Helene Gottfried


Author Interview #34, with rock & roll writer, Susan Helene Gottfried!

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Hi Susan! Please describe yourself in 5 words:

Almost as cool as Trevor.

Nice! Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):


The four (and counting) books in the Trevolution are Rock and Roll in a book. They follow the story of Trevor Wolff, bass player for ShapeShifter and not nearly as big a jerk as you’ll think when you first meet him.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

Oh, yikes. You want me to narrow my favorites down to one? Do you know how many people I’ll anger?

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience *while Jess tries to think of a number re: the previous answer…*:

It’s all tough: writing, editing, crafting. The publication process is another tough nut on top of that. This isn’t an industry for anyone who’s not brave, that’s for certain. However, the flip side is one of the best experiences a person can have in their lifetime. It’s filled with great fellow authors and readers who are outstanding people. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. Even those days when I’m grumpier than Mitchell.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Something that lifts you up and transports you somewhere else.

Yes, I like that type of effect too :P (sounds very much like “good music”!). Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Hire a good editor. Like me.

Oh, wait. You want something serious.

Learn as much as possible. Including rules of grammar. Your editor will thank you for it later on.

Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:



Twitter: @WestofMars


In other words: if it’s West of Mars, it’s probably me.

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Much thanks to Susan for stopping by — be sure to check out her website to learn more about the author and the multiple projects/websites she manages!

P.S. Susan is a member of the vibrant BestsellerBound writing community [as am I :)…].

Matt Mullenweg Interview (WordPress founder!)



Interview #21, with WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg!

Note from Jess: I’ve used WordPress.Org in the past — I’ve never forgotten the tagline at the bottom of the page: “Code is Poetry.” So I decided to send a quick Q&A to 26-year-old Mr. Mullenweg, on the subjects of coding, reading, and life/WordPress!

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Hi Matt! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Co-founder of WordPress and Automattic.

Give an example of code which you consider as poetry (and explain how/why, for the less technowizically-inclined):

The best type of code poetry comes from reduction, where you’re able to take something that used to be long or complex and reduce it to a few lines of intuitive code. (Or sometimes, none at all.)

How have your experiences influenced your vision for WordPress?:

There is no five-year plan for WordPress, but what we work on next is usually very apparent in the feedback I get from users all over the world at WordCamps and other places where I meet WordPress users, like airplanes.

How does coding inspire you?:

For me coding is incredibly satisfying because it’s very concrete. You can start in the morning, finish at night and look back at the day and point to something you made with your two hands. That’s not possible to the same extent with strategic or managerial work.

Were you already thinking about/working on WordPress (beta versions, etc) during high school?

Nope, it was after I had started college.

Would you/do you write poetry and/or fiction, under a pseudonym?:

In my life, I’ve found that truth is stranger than fiction.

What aspect of traveling around the world do you enjoy the most?:

My favorite thing about travel is seeing how cultures and cities adapt to their surroundings, and take on the characteristics of what surrounds them.

Please share your #1 tip for fellow netizens:

Encrypt your wifi traffic. :)

Your websites/blogs/etc:

Much thanks to the gracious and very cool Matt Mullenweg (aka Mr. WORDPRESS himself) for sharing his thoughts! Check out the other great interviews @ Matt’s Blog (Press Coverage).