About me

Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that won some award and represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

For the Serious types, who want a Serious bio:

  • Speechwriter and speech coach, so I can geek out about ethos, pathos and logos.
  • Journalism degree from Western Washington University, where I was editor-in-chief of the paper of news and graduated No. 1 in my class. Won awards as a reporter and editor for chasing all kinds of mayhem: floods, fires, political scandals and a bumbling serial killer who managed to get away with it all. Have interviewed governors, US senators and writers like Ann Rule and Barry Eisler. IF YOU CUT ME, I STILL BLEED NEWSPRINT.
  • Contributing writer for The New York Times about.com, where I wrote 200-some posts as their expert on public relations, publicity and scandals. Contributing editor to Criminal Element and The Big Thrill. Apparently, I like to contribute and edit, or contribute while editing.
  • My sister is a genius screenwriter in Hollywood who won a Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy. She introduced me to SAVE THE CAT and other glorious screenwriting books, shockingly useful for writing things that have nothing to do with screenplays. Thanks, sis. You rock harder than a KISS reunion tour.

Artistic nonsense about photography
In the beginning, I shot my own photos for papers of news, using horrible manual cameras and such that used this stuff we called “film.” It came in rolls.

Now I shoot with a Nikon of Infinite Beauty (a D3100). This thing will do your taxes. Had my first photo show, Pieces of the World — shots from Sweden, Iceland, France, Belgium, Alaska, Hawaii, India and Dubai, all printed on canvas and framed.

If you’ve never printed your photos on canvas, turn off the Series of Tubes and print your favorite photo on canvas RIGHT NOW. The internets will still be around when you come back.

Also, if you know photography tricks, drop me a line on the Twitter  or the comment sections, so we can talk smack about cameras and pretend to know what ISO settings really are.


This is Guy Bergstrom the writer, not the Guy Bergstrom in Stockholm or the guy in Minnesota who sells real estate or whatever. Separate guys. Kthxbai.

Guy Bergstrom. Photo by Suhyoon Cho.

26 responses to “About me

  1. The Twitter, she no sell the books – thank you. Will you tell publishing industry? And yeah, agree entirely about inverted triangle. Now, must write book….


  2. Witty? I don’t know about a witty comment. You are quite smart…and damn cute.I SO thoroughly enjoyed Save the Cat. Finishing any one of my three screenplays is high on my Bucket List. Heart, Julie


  3. I love your blog, Mr. Bergstrom! I’ll be coming back, for sure, to learn and get more inspiration.


  4. jsganze

    Love the blog. I’m just getting started and on the lookout the Six Horsemen.


  5. Steve Edmiston

    Guy – are you the “Red Pen of Doom” (a name I like immensely) that has deleted substantial content from “The Maury Island Incident” page on Wikipedia (more than once)? If so, would love to discuss at your convenience. I’m a writer on the film and web series project on that topic. Thanks!


  6. Thank you for the follow Guy. I appreciate it…love your style…and the way you play with words…will surely be dropping by from here on :-)


  7. Thanks for following my posts. Flattered that someone of your standing appreciates my work. Thanks.
    Loved your b&w photo..Will return for more viewings.


  8. In your post about critiquing groups, I thought this sentence about editing was amusing (notice the “it”): “Also, editing it best done on a keyboard, or with a red pen.”


    • Ugh. Thanks for spotting that. Fixed.

      This silly blog could also be called The Land of Insanely Fast Rough Drafts, because I do it for fun, and for free, and there is zero copy editing.


  9. Hi Guy, thanks for the follow I appreciate it.


  10. amiechadwick

    Thanks for following…and it is ok to follow closely ;) xoxo Amie


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  13. SAVE THE CAT is a damn fine book. Now there is something like EAT THE FROG…? Have you heard of it?


  14. Quiet an impressive bio! Glad I found your blog.


  15. Serious smack about cameras? f-stops and shutter speed and why. Really.


  16. Thomas

    Save the cat – Gona check it out like in about a meeeour lol


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