Matthew Hussey has got it all going in the right direction these days. He's a "matchmaker" on NBC's Ready For Love, he's embarking on a speaking tour, and he's just published a best-selling book. The title says it all: Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve. The Amazon Editors reached out to Matthew to learn a little more about him.
Describe your book in 10 words or less?
A practical guide to
understanding men and finding love.
What's on your nightstand/bedside
The Great Gatsby "“
F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Favorite books of all time?
A Christmas Carol, Peter
Pan, How to Win Friends and Influence People "“ I discovered them all when I was
a teenager and have all had a huge impact on my life ever since.
Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?
Hundreds, but probably The
Great Gatsby. In little over 100 pages it tells you everything about life,
America, striving for something better, dreams and expectations, and the
tragedy that can come with getting exactly what you want (or think you want).
Book that made you want to become a writer?
The Road Less Travelled "“
It's one of the most honest and down-to-earth books about life and love ever
written, and it bravely dispels a lot of the bad myths about romantic love and
relationships that people hold onto for years.
Most memorable author moment?
Feeling and smelling my own
book in a bookstore! I think for anyone who loves books you fall in love with
the object itself. Especially when it's your own.
What are you obsessed with now?
Boxing "“ It's my escape and
outlet. It's where I get to leave all the talking and words behind and just
What are you stressed about now?
My speaking tour of the US.
I'm constantly hopping between states over the next month, and I finally
understand how comedians feel when they take a show on the road and all the
madness that comes with that. It's mainly the instability of it all that
becomes stressful, but having moved to LA from London over the last year I've
had to get used to change quickly.
are you psyched about now?
In the next couple of months
I'm releasing a programme to turn people into masters of human dynamics in both
their personal and professional lives. It's exciting because it's about your
entire lifestyle and people skills in work, health, friendship, family, and
What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or
Damn, you stole my two
favourites! Top of the list after that has to be the ability to stop time "“ you
could have an unbelievable amount of fun. If not, then breathing underwater or
being omnilingual (the ability to speak any language).
What's your most prized/treasured possession?
A watch my Dad gave me just
before I left for Los Angeles. My Dad has always loved watches and him giving
his to me at a key moment in my life was a touching moment.
What's next for you?
I'm on Eva Longoria's NBC TV
show Ready for Love as one of the expert
matchmakers. I'm also touring the US giving my 'Get the Guy' seminars, and plan
to release a lifestyle course called 'IMPACT', which is something I'm really
I love the
line: "Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around"
the movie Vanilla Sky, and the sentiment reflects my absolute core belief in
the power individuals have in every tiny moment. It's the same with dating. It
only takes one tiny decision to take that risk, to be sexy in a way you've
never tried before, to flash a cheeky smile that puts you on someone's radar,
or to speak to that person who can't take their eyes off you, and suddenly the
world opens up. People's lives can change in a single minute in those precious
everyday moments, which is something I've always strived to demonstrate with
Get the Guy.
method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?
I'm not a big TV viewer, but
I am one of those people who can burn through an HBO boxset in about three
days. But I've somehow convinced myself that 'Mad Men' is a form of research so
I've reached a comfortable place with it now.
Movie soundtracks "“ I'm addicted to great
music from films and love collecting my favourite composers "“ Hans Zimmer, John
Williams, Howard Shore, James Newton Howard to name a few.
piece of fan mail you ever got?
It's one I mention in the book.
It's an email from my oldest client, who simply sent me this:
"I want you to pass on a
message to everyone you coach. I'm 83 years old and I'm retired. Through your
coaching I've met the man of my dreams. We're spending our days right now
building a boat, and when it's done, we're going to sail away in it together.
If it can happen to me at my age, with everything I've been through in my life,
it can happen to anyone."
My heart swells every time I
read that. And her message that it can happen at any age, no matter what you
think is holding you back, is the most important lesson I've ever learnt about