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Interview with Steve Nagy (AKA ‘The Mad Hungarian’)!

Published February 26, 2014 by glgiles

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Steve Nagy is “known as “The MAD Hungarian” and [is] a HUGE Dallas Cowboys FAN!! [His] book, “MY 101 Reasons to LOVE the Dallas Cowboys and 10 Reasons to Despise the Phil. Eagles and Their Fans!” is available for purchase on NUMEROUS websites!! These include, but are not limited to, CDBABY.COM, AMAZON.COM, EMUSIC.COM, BBLA.COM (click onto links section), ETC.. [He has] appeared on KVCE 1160 AM Radio (TX), as well as The Yes Network (#1 RSN in the country!) & WCTC 1450 AM (NJ). [His] books have been endorsed by individuals such as Ted Leonsis (owner of The Washington Capitals/Wash. Wizards/The Verizon Center), Bobby Thomson (The man who hit, “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”) [and] Chris Shearn (Yes Network)” (https://www.facebook.com/stephen.nagy.39/info).

 

GL:  You are well-known for writing about sports and the WWE. Where can readers go to read what you’ve written about these?

 

SN:  Yes, I’ve been a fan of both since I was a kid in the early ’80s. I’m a HUGE fan of the Yankees, Cowboys, Capitals & Notre Dame Football. I practically watch every game. I guess that’s why I’m still single! LOL!. A couple of years ago I decided to turn my passion into a book. In 2006 I started a book about my favorite moments in Dallas Cowboys’ history. In 2010 that first manuscript was made into a CD. I titled the audiobook, “MY 101 Reasons to LOVE the Dallas Cowboys & 10 Reasons to DESPISE the Philadelphia Eagles & Their Fans!”. The CD is available on most major websites that sell audiobooks. Here is the link to one of them ,www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevenagy .

 

In terms of the WWE, I have written a book about my favorite moments, however this one has not been published yet. What was really cool about it though, was that I was able to get some LIVE interviews from “old school” WWE HOF that I first watched and admired as a kid. Hopefully the public will get a chance to read it sooner than later.

 

GL:  I love your humorous tweets and I also enjoy the talent you feature at your ‘FANS OF “The MAD Hungarian”‘ Facebook group. Where can readers go to connect with you? (social networking sites, etc.)  

 

SN:  I guess my favorite one would be twitter, @nagysnest. Please follow, as I do have a lot of celebrities that follow me. Therefore the conversations are ALWAYS interesting! I’m also on a website called, STAGE 32. It’s a great place to meet people in the entertainment industry from all over the WORLD!  http://www.stage32.com/profile/72162/stephen-nagy . By the way, I will eventually respond, so please check out the sites and let’s rap.    

 

GL:  As a lyricist, too, I’m always fascinated with what kind of music those I interview listen to. From following your Twitter posts, I’ve gleaned that you like hip-hop and country music. Who are some of your favorite singers/bands?

 

SN:  Oh yes, especially being originally from NJ, hip-hop is a must! My favorite rapper of ALL-TIME, who I believe is considered the best, is “The Notorious B.I.G”. He represented East Coast and is someone who I would put in my top 10 influencers in my life. In terms of country, there was always country music being played in my house growing up. Mostly “The Outlaws” : (George Jones, Hank Williams JR. & SR., Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, etc.). Even though they are before my time, “The Beatles” are my favorite group of ALL-TIME. Which would lead me to my favorite solo artist, John Lennon. I could write pages on how he has inspired my life. I wish I had an opportunity to meet him. Today it’s kind of cool that his wife, Yoko Ono, follows me on twitter. That is an honor. My favorite song is, “Imagine”.  

 

GL:  I love “Imagine,” too. Great melody and lyrics! Switching gears, I enjoyed your serenade of Christy Bella Joiner at:  http://youtu.be/E106i7paF0A

How did that come about?

 

SN:  In Jan. 2012 we had worked on a cancer awareness article together. Here was our article: http://rfsportsradio.blogspot.com/2012/09/christy-bella-joiner-joins-author-steve.html

 

 

GL:  What’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2014?  

 

SN:  Well currently I’m working with award-winning filmmaker Cassidy McMillan in helping her to promo her documentary film, “Bullies And Friends”. Here is an interview that we were a part of on 12/14/13: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/vallanomedia/2013/12/14/collaboration-with-a-cause . I’m also looking to be part of a movie, as I have recently meet some directors in person & via twitter that feel I would cast well as a cop in a horror film. I agree with them. I’m also exploring my comedic side as I’ve always loved to tell jokes and entertain people. I have a couple of original jokes that I have been tweeting to known legends in the comedy world. As a matter of fact I have the honor of being followed on twitter by Dana Carvey. This past weekend, Louie Anderson also commented on this joke that I sent him,   “Asked my friend an excuse to give AA sponsor for missing meeting. He said, tell him that I was hungover from last night!” Do you want to know what Louie said?! Then you got to follow ME, @nagysnest is the place to be! 

 

GL:  LOL! I saw that, and readers know where to go to check it out, too. Cheers! 

Interview with the Knowledgeable and Humorous R.B. Harkess!

Published October 14, 2013 by glgiles

Introduction: 

Truly my pleasure to catch up with author (and delightful humorist) R.B. Harkess. On his page at http://www.robertharkess.com/, he describes himself as an “Author in Waiting,” but I have to contend he’s anything but, as he’s already written in multiple genres (fantasy, crime and speculative fiction/science fiction novels). Not to mention his short stories which have been featured in a number of anthologies, etcetera. 

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GL:  Great to welcome you to The GL Giles Files, R.B.!  Please give readers a synopsis of your book, “Aphrodite’s Dawn,” and why you were inspired to write it.

RB:  Aphrodite’s Dawn is a SF adventure. It’s very definitely ‘crossover’, and would appeal to any reader, but the marketing tag for it is very definitely ‘Young Adult’. Think ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ meets ‘Hunger Games’.

Garret’s world is six floors tall by five hundred people wide, and he despairs of ever being happy. When a voice in his head offers the 14-year old an escape from his boring life, he has no idea how apparently being offered everything he could want or need might change him. With his best friend Pitr in tow Garret seizes the opportunity, and their universe is thrown into confusion when they are told they are on an asteroid-sized sleeper-ship. The asteroid’s computer has been damaged, and cannot control the engines to deliver them to their new home. Garret is asked to take a message to the other end of the world.

GL:  What made you decide to go with Salt Publishing?

RB:   Why did I go with Salt? Because they asked me. Seriously, Aprodite’s Dawn was my first published novel. Steve Haynes is lucky he still has his arm I snatched the contract out of his hand so fast. But, on a more serious note, it all comes down to conventions.

GL:  Have you attended any writing conventions in 2013? If so, then which ones? Do you think that conventions are a good way for both new and established writers to market their books? Can most marketing be done online now, or does meeting someone in person still carry more weight?

RB:  This is a bit of a ‘yes and no’ answer. In 2013 I attended, or will attend, ‘Edge Lit’ in Derby, ‘Get Writing’ in Hertfordshire, and (my current favourite), BristolCon (I have to say that, being a Bristolian-in-exile).

I think that genre conventions are essential, and in so many ways it’s going to be difficult to explain why without writing three blogs worth of words.

Example 1:  Aphrodite’s Dawn was published by Salt because I went to NewCon5 and met Steve Haynes (the editor of Proxima) which was a fledgling imprint at the time and he was trawling for writers. We got talking and, some months later, Steve asked me if the novel was still free because Proxima had decided to dip their toe into YA.

Example 2:  It was at the same con that I met Geoff Nelder, author of the ARIA trilogy, editor of many things including Escape Velocity Magazine, and also in one of my writing groups. When he was putting together his Escape Velocity anthology, he rejected the story I submitted, but remembered ‘Jack in the Box’ from a review and criticize exercise, and asked if it was still available (there was a point to that).  Thinking about it, I met at least half of my best friends and acquaintances at that con, so thank you again Ian Whates.

So, from my perspective, much of my publishing success has been down to conventions. Having said that they can be lonely and intimidating places. Everybody seems to know everybody else except you, and unless you’re the sort of person who can barge their way into a random conversation, it can be insular.

Most cons run ‘newbie groups’ though, where experienced staff are used as icebreakers to get people involved. On the other hand, if you can jump in and interact, you get to meet some fascinating people (and occasionally the odd ‘oh my goodness, that’s _____________ (fill in the name of your literary deity here)’. I mean, at Bristol Con last year I had Jaine Fenn on my Triva Team (and this year she is a panelist on a panel I am moderating). How cool is that?

I’m rambling. For making contacts, cons can be unbeatable. For marketing? Well, everybody wants a book launch at a con. I’m still waiting for mine. I might even get one next year. You get the option to stuff flyers into goodie bags, and do readings, and it’s all good exposure. I doubt it translates too much in direct sales, but it’s great for increasing your exposure, especially if you can get on some good panels.

But I do find conventions change as the organizers and committees change. There’s one con I used to think was the best in the world, and now I doubt I shall go to another because the people running it changed. On the flip side, new cons, and not just pure-writing ones, come up in your awareness and you migrate.  I am going to Asylum next year, the great Steampunk extravaganza, which I’ve not been to before, and I may try Andromeda, or even SFX.

GL:  Many thanks for your honest, humorous and thoroughly illuminating answer! In a different vein, you run a critique group, correct? What are some of the benefits of belonging to a group like this?

RB:  I am a member of the British Science Fiction Association, and members are entitled to join our crit group, Orbiters. A multi-talented woman by the name of Terry Jackman sits above us all as general manager, and passes jobs and members down to us lowly Co-ordinators. I have the honour to run Orbit-4 (novels)—and Terry is actually a member in my group, which is a bit mobius.

The benefits are incalculable. It’s because of my association with fellow Orbiters (and, briefly, the inhabitants of Café Doom) that my work is of a publishable standard now. No amount of loved ones telling you how good your latest poem is will make you better. Friends and family, no matter how hard you beg them, will rarely be honest with you because they have to live with you afterwards. In a crit group, people can be more honest. Sometimes they aren’t. Groups can be frustrating places, where members don’t comment helpfully, or never seem to learn from what they have had pointed out to them. It can get nasty, too. We frequently run with scissors and people get cut. One of my jobs as co-ordinator is to arbitrate in disputes, or quietly calm things down if they trend towards getting personal. It’s not always easy. But it’s when you get that crit back, and after you’ve got over the ‘how DARE she…?’, and you reread the comments, and the little light blinks on over your head and you realize that just by changing *that* paragraph like she said, the whole scene suddenly works just like it did in your head. It’s great.

I recommend review groups to everybody. You sometimes have to try out a few to find one that fits. Try Orbits. We don’t insist on everything being SF, so long as it’s pretty much genre, we’ll eat anything. Eventually, any writer can find one that suits them, and they will almost certainly improve as a result.

GL:  Great advice! Switching gears again, how did your story come to be a part of the “Full Fathom Forty” anthology? Please tell readers a bit about both (your story & the antho.).

RB: Ah, Full Fathom Forty. You must mean ‘Jack in the Box’. As I mentioned, that actually wasn’t the first place it was published. It first saw the light of day in ‘Escape Velocity:  The Anthology’ about six months before. And you’ll never guess where I first bumped into David J. Howe, who edited FFF? Aw, you got it. Newcon5. Anyhow, I was a member of the British Fantasy Society at the time, heard that David was putting together this anthology, which was going to be given free to members on the society’s anniversary, and I submitted through normal channels. I doubt whether me being known to him made much difference:  David knows, or knows of, just about everybody in the UK genre scene, particularly SF.

The story itself is about a new keepsake to remember the departed—a copy of parts of their memory. Which is fine, until they start talking about stuff that was never meant to be recorded. I call them Embedded intelligence, and use the idea in a couple of my later SF stories. The idea, the whole concept of silicon self-awareness fascinates me. Raises all sorts of interesting problems.

GL:  So, what is on the horizon for 2014?

RB:  Well, I’ve already discussed convention plans. Writing-wise, I am hoping my second YA novel will be published early in the year. It’s all subject to contract at the moment, so I can’t name names, but let’s just say I’m so happy about the people who are going to publish it I am already working on book two (and putting the plot together for book three). I seem to have a thing going on with steampunk/alternate reality, mashed in with some urban fantasy. I have two other novels out there looking for homes, so who knows what else might see the light of day.

The rest of the time I shall be trying to fit in being as close to a full-time writer as I can get in with the boring business of actually putting food on the table and the roof over our head. And loving every minute of it.

 

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‘Tis the Season to Face Your Fears! Interview with the Awe-inspiring William D. Prystauk!

Published October 11, 2013 by glgiles

William D. Prystauk is a darkly delightful screenwriter, novelist, poet and reviewer—and, that’s just for starters!

His horror-infused screenplay “Ravencraft” won third place in the AWS Screenplay Contest (2011), and his horror script “Red Agenda” won First Place at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (2008) and was a Top-Five Finalist at Screamfest!

Some cool places he can be found:

His horror podcast: “The Last Knock” on iTunes
His horror blog: crashpalaceproductions.com

For your viewing pleasure:

His horror short: http://vimeo.com/54583103
His dramatic short: http://www.productionhub.com/video/view.aspx?item=11974

 

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GL: So great to host an interview with you here, especially since it’s “Horror Month!” I’m going to start off with a fun question. On your Twitter page at https://twitter.com/crashpalace you mention that you’re a “Writer. Producer. Consultant. Horror aficionado. Zombie Killer…”, so what are five items (that you can carry with you) you’d choose to have in the event of a zombie apocalypse? And, why?

WP: Hmm… Great question. In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, society will have collapsed, therefore, I have to keep things basic and simple for guerrilla style warfare.

Shotgun: I’ve learned that I’m solid with a shotgun, especially with the extremely accurate and durable Franchi SPAS-12. And I’m talking slugs, not birdshot. This will allow me to keep zombies at a distance.

Handgun: I’d have a large bore handgun, preferably a .41 magnum Ruger Redhawk with a seven inch barrel, for close encounters. A .41 has great stopping power and won’t rip through the undead to possibly strike down the living. This is also a revolver, which won’t have a tendency to jam.

Body Armor: Yes, I’d create my own damn armor. Looking like a modern knight isn’t bad – and it sure beats getting bit by hungry as hell zombies.

Night Vision Goggles: I want to see in the dark to not only avoid walkers, but to make certain I don’t take a wrong step and get hurt. Without working hospitals and such, as well as medical evacuation, even a small injury can ultimately prove fatal.

First-Aid Kit: Self-repair is the key in the field. Additionally, another oxygen breathing life form may need some help, and a compact kit can do the trick to keep people living to fight another day.

Of course, the list goes on, but those are my top five.

GL: Great answer! Next, please tell readers about the movie you produced (title, actors, plot, etc.). How is it being distributed?

WP: I wrote and produced my short horror film TOO MANY PREDATORS late last year with advanced film students from the New Jersey Film School in New Providence, New Jersey. I had originally written the short script for an online contest. Chris Messineo, the man behind NJFS, liked the script and wanted his students to film the short because they were interested in making a horror film.

The script is about Claudia (Ella West) and Marissa (Shannon Kelly) who find themselves hungry and trapped in a warehouse – even as hungrier forces try to dine on them.

Location is key, and I had a great place at the ready, but the owner developed cold feet and backed away, leaving us to create a warehouse-like venue at the school, which added to the twelve-hour shoot. We cast two professional actresses and hired special effects makeup artist, Paul J. Mason, who worked on The Walking Dead. We even obtained composer Justin R. Durban to write the score. After 100 hours of work, from preparation to editing, we ended up with a three-and-a-half minute film. And I’m not kidding about the 100 hours.

The shoot was fantastic and the students worked like diligent professionals. And what we all created paid off: TOO MANY PREDATORS is an official selection at this year’s New Jersey Horrorfest as well as the Twisted Tails Film Festival in Texas. The short also took third place in an open genre short film contest at MoviePoet.

I hope the short will attract investors because I would like to expand the story into a fullblown feature film.

Right now, the best place to see the film is via my blog at Crashpalaceproductions.com or on Vimeo.

GL: That’s truly awesome! And, speaking of Crash Palace Productions, it’s no secret that I love to hang out at the Facebook site, too! You keep up with some great, though sometimes undervalued, horror movies and actors there. What inspired you to create Crash Palace Productions? What other, perhaps blood-splattered, gems does the Crash Palace Productions site offer?

WP: Well, Crash Palace Productions goes back to my days in graduate school at Slippery Rock University. I had been rear-ended by another vehicle and a friend, Saint Martin, asked if I was okay. When I told him that was my 23rd accident and I was used to it, he called me “Crash.” I had called my non-descript, cell-like dorm room a “Palace,” and I’ve used the “Crash Palace” copyright for all my tales ever since.

The Facebook page was developed to get people to the Crash Palace Productions site. On the site, one can find links to other great horror pages and contests, learn about filmmaking (including a diary of my experience in making TOO MANY PREDATORS), find links to my THE LAST KNOCK podcasts as well as interviews. There are also horror film reviews, “best of” lists, and comments about the horror genre in general. The goal is to indulge in an analytical approach to horror where I can apply literary elements to the material, such as imagery and theme. After all, the horror genre is treated as a joke by many, and I want to prove it has merit.

And you know I love it when you visit!

GL: Love listening to “The Last Knock.” Please tell readers about its inception and what topics are discussed.

WP: Everything has come about thanks to my beautiful wife again (editor, engineer, chef, writer, and everything else under the sun). She prompted me to create the Crash Palace site (she did all the work in set up), and to get together with our mutual friend, Jonny Numb to conduct our horror podcasts. In fact, Jonny came up with the name, THE LAST KNOCK after the classic tale where a person knows they’re the last living soul on Earth – only to hear a knock at the door. And that’s probably one of the greatest writing prompts if there ever was one.

Jonny and I choose a theme each week. For instance, we’ve had shows based on werewolves, zombies, vampires, or specific movies like The Day, or our new “Directors of Doom” segments (we’ve covered Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter thus far). We invite listeners to not only leave comments on iTunes about THE LAST KNOCK, but to let us know what horror ground they’d like to see us explore. To date, we haven’t turned down one fan request, and our fan base is really growing, so please let us know.

GL: You had the truly amazing Denise Gossett of the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival on “The Last Knock” earlier this year. Which upcoming guests should we be on the lookout for there?

WP: Denise is such a sweetheart! She’s beautiful, intelligent, and an amazing patron of the arts. Though an actress, she is co-founder and director of Shriekfest, Los Angeles’s biggest genre festival. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing inspiring and passionate filmmakers, David Paul Baker, who is filming one movie a month for a year, and Michael Dougherty, who is raising money to film Z*CON. What’s to come? I can’t say. It’s not because I don’t have guests lined up, but I have to wait for the stars to align so they can take breaks from filming to be interviewed. Rest assured, more filmmakers are on the way, among others in the horror business.

GL: How are your novels coming along? And, where can readers pick up copies of your previously published works?

WP: My crime thriller, Bloodletting, about a masochistic punk detective looking for a killer in New York City’s BDSM underground is with two publishers right now, and the script should be filmed by LGG Digital Motion Pictures in 2014. My new crime horror is based on my award winning script, Red Agenda, which won First Place at the International Horror and Science Fiction Film Festival in 2009. In that tale, Detective Bobby Keagan is a member of Philadelphia’s Paranormal Crimes Unit, and he must stop the vampire terrorist group, Red Agenda before they assassinate the president. That is currently with a New York agent. As for previous material, my short noir story, “Mara” was published in Criminal Class Review (http://www.criminalclasspress.com/products/criminal-class-review-volume-5/). People can also visit Crashpalaceproductions.com for any links.

GL: Where can readers go to connect with you and your darkly delightful work?

WP: People can follow me on Twitter at #crashpalace, visit my site at Crashpalaceproductions.com, and listen to THE LAST KNOCK on iTunes. October is “Horror Month,” so I hope they take a look, and leave a comment or two – I love to hear from other horror fans. And thanks for being a fan as well, GL. You’re fabulous!

GL: Many thanks, and I’d love to have you back here anytime!

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‘Tis the Season, Friends & Fiends!! :)

Published October 1, 2013 by glgiles

So happy to kick it off with news of making the front cover of Punk Globe Magazine! I’m to the left of Robert Englund (AKA Freddy Krueger). But, is there really a ‘left of Freddy Krueger’? :) You can check it out here:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151707344735003&set=a.10150603603740003.394529.53902870002&type=1&theater

In all seriousness, it’s a great Interview with Robert Englund at:  

http://punkglobe.com/robertenglundinterview1013.php

And, while you’re at it, please check out The Gypsy Poet’s interview with me at: http://punkglobe.com/gialeegilesinterview1013.php

Hugs and ‘bytes’,

GL

Interview with Musician Carlos Wilde

Published September 25, 2013 by glgiles

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Carlos Wilde to The GL Giles Files. He’s an eclectic, prolific and versatile artist who composes in a wide range of musical genres. Here are some of the places that you can find him:

http://www.reverbnation.com/carloswilde

http://www.youtube.com/user/WildeCarlos

http://www.myspace.com/carloswilde

https://www.facebook.com/CarlosWilde.Music

https://twitter.com/carlos_wilde

GL: Very cool that you’re able to wear many hats, Carlos, as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer! Which album(s) are you currently promoting?

CW: Well, I’m still promoting my latest EP “Not a Tortoise” – a somewhat fast paced power/pop/punk project which can be purchased on Bandcamp, ReverbNation and SoundCloud:

http://carloswilde.bandcamp.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/carloswilde

GL: Really enjoy the videos, lyrics and melodies for your “I Feel Fine With Ya By My Side” (http://youtu.be/c7YCY21Q1tU), “Living on a High” and “My Way Home.” How did these all come about, and which album(s) are they on?

CW: I tend to write about personal experiences, the way I see the world, my stances on certain concerns that we all have, and I try to write in such a way that people can ultimately relate to them in their own way because of their own experiences and viewpoints. “Living on a High” was based on a poem written by my best friend. The songs “Living on a High” and “My Way Home” are on the EP “Not a Tortoise” – “I Feel Fine With Ya By My Side” has not yet been included in a project.

GL: Please tell readers about the inception of “The Jones Shuffle.”

CW: The Jones Shuffle happened quite naturally– One day Hunter S Jones (writer and music blogger) and I talked about doing something together, and we thought about a music blog but with a different approach – so we decided to approach the blog with a question: “If I were stranded on an island, what singles, LPs, Cassettes, CDs, MP3s, 4s and iPods would I take with me? “ – I then answered the questions with some humorous bits in between. I actually created a “fun” video with the recorded answers plus pictures and very short music clips of the artists I mentioned, but it couldn’t be uploaded to YouTube to avoid copyright infringement. A pity, because it was a cool, fun video in which I was paying tribute to artists I admire and respect.

GL: I saw on Fandalism that some of your musical influences are: The Clash, Patti Smith, Clannad, The Police, Miles Davis and Aerosmith. How did these groups/musicians in particular influence you?

CW: I tend to listen to most genres since I firmly believe that great exponents can be found in each and every one of them. Rock, Pop, Soul and many more (the list is endless) have given us many delightful moments. My own path reflects all this.

GL: Which music genres do you work in primarily?

CW: I would say mainly Rock and its many subgenres, but, as previously pointed out, you could easily see me doing a jazzy, bluesy, funky, pop, punk tune as well as other alternative styles. I like experimenting.

GL: Do you ever employ ‘the drop’—like in dubstep? If so, then in which tracks?

CW: No, I don’t – I’m not familiar with the techniques used in electronic music. I have heard cool tunes in the genre or subgenres – I, myself, have a collab with an English musician/friend of mine in this genre, but it is not a type of music I would listen to on a regular basis.

GL: Two of your tracks were featured on Localia TV, correct? Have you considered writing movie soundtracks?

CW: That is correct – I was interviewed in an Arts Program/Programme for Localia TV and had two tracks featured on the show. Regarding movies, as opposed to writing a score for a movie, I would actually like to get a tune of mine as the main song/theme in an indie movie. I’m working on it – as in, doing research on how to best go about doing this, talking to friends that may have relevant input on the subject, etcetera.

GL: Where can readers go to connect with you and your great music?

CW: Well, I am present on a number of sites such as ReverbNation, SoundCloud, Myspace, YouTube, Fandalism, Facebook, Twiiter, Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, etcetera. Alternatively, readers can “Google” Carlos Wilde.

CW: I would also like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for interviewing me and for believing in and supporting INDIE.

GL: Thanks, Carlos! Looking forward to hearing lots more from you…Cheers!

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As Promised, JONESFEST 2013 Is Here! (for the Adult Crowd)

Published September 23, 2013 by glgiles

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SEPTEMBER ENDS

 

By

 

Hunter S. Jones & an Anonymous English Poet

 

Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt.

 

My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul, numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious career.

 

My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story.

 

One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We bonded because of Shelley and Keats. Pete introduced me to the works of modern English poet, Jack O. Savage, It was like The Poet was drawing us together through his blogs and poems, like he had a message for my life and my love with Pete Hendrix.

I lived it in my heart and soul.

 

It all went tragically wrong once I learned Pete’s secret.

 

As September ends I jet to London, England. Pete Hendrix betrayed me big time. There was no time for my revenge. With an unstable mind, and a broken heart – my life was a kaleidoscope of stabbing shards of pain.

 

London ignored me. Maybe I didn’t exist. I was lost and lonely in a flat in Kensington.

I hear that Jack O. Savage will make a rare public appearance. I wrangle an invitation to the art gallery where he is reading. I was curious. In some ways, he was the cause of my trouble.

It turned out my fallen rock-star-with-words was even more damaged than I.

 

Jack O.Savage, The Poet became my friend.

Then, an unexpected kiss at a county fair on a perfect English summer’s day changed everything forever. Jack the man became my lover.

Magic.

My elusive dream of a lifelong love began.

If Pete was what I’d always wanted, Jack was what I always needed.

The mystery unraveled as the kaleidoscope of my broken life evolved and I found myself living a rainbow of perfect bliss.

 

Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.

 

 

September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which ensnares Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later.

 

September Ends is the story of sin, redemption and salvation through love, because love happens when we least expect it.

 

About the lovely Hunter S. Jones (in her own words):

 

Novelist. Exile on Peachtree Street.

Lover of all the finer things in life.

 

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

 

Currently, I have a music/entertainment blog @ExPatsPost.com. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was published in 2012.

 

Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice have always fascinated me, although like any Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The Wind. I also adore the works of John Grisham, and own a huge selection of his books. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, my books, too many clothes, too many shoes and way too many stacks of notepads and journals.

 

October 2013 will see the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements. This novel is written in collaboration with an anonymous English poet. He wants no attention. In blogs, he only asks to be recognized as the secretive collaborator from London. We have never met and we only communicate electronically and have no personal ties. His privacy and art are more important than anything.

You can connect with me at the following social media sites:

@huntersjones101

www.Facebook.com/HunterSJones101

www.Pinterest.com/HunterSJones

www.HunterSJones.com

about.me/huntersjones1 has links to all the sites, books, Goodreads – Everything – on one site.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with the Truly Remarkable Donna Destri!

Published September 21, 2013 by glgiles

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Introduction:

Donna Destri is a truly talented singer who sang backup vocals on the Blondie album No Exit. In addition, she sang with Jayne County, Ronnie Spector, Cherry Vanilla and many more groundbreaking bands. On top of that, she’s worked with producer Steven Jones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcGmfTc9HCo&feature=youtu.be). She grew up around musically-talented family members to boot. Her uncle was the drummer for Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and her brother, Jimmy Destri, wrote lyrics and played keyboards for Blondie. Yet, she is not merely known for her angelic voice, as she is also a great performer who can also play piano and keyboards—besides writing lyrics!  In addition to her amazing musical career, she’s a mother and holds a master’s degree in literature. Recently, she teamed up with Fred Schneider (vocalist/frontman for The B-52s) on the stellar “FEEL” track and video!

 

 

 

 

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GL:  I adore your new track, “FEEL,” and the video for it at: http://youtu.be/rYWKgUopWRM. One of the best descriptions I’ve heard regarding it is that it’s ‘shimmering divinity’. How did you come to work with Fred Schneider on this? And, what part did Steven Jones play in it?

DD:   Well, Gia, Steven loves collaborations and so do I. It’s always been a secret desire of mine to reproduce something akin to what This Mortal Coil did in the past, that is have a group of talented musicians, singers who would revolve around a core team that would play on tracks, sing backups, write and produce. In this case, that core would be Steven and I because we have such a similar musical sensibility. Steven had contacted Fred a couple of years ago initially, but then everyone got busy with other projects. It wasn’t until very recently that Fred phoned and said, “I’m back and available.” I had met Fred in the early days of Max’s Kansas City and Mud Club, so I think he was pleased that I was going to be involved as well. Fred wanted to do a dance track and Steven offered him a part on “Feel” which we had already recorded on our Empire State Neon EP. We wrote much of that EP on one of Steven’s trips here last year. It was such fun doing those recordings and if you listen closely you can hear us laughing in the mix. I knew from Fred’s personality that we would have just as much fun shooting the video for “Feel,” but I have to say that while recording the vocals at John Kilgore Sound, Fred was nothing but professional. You’ll probably never see them, but the outtakes from the video shoot are hilarious. At one point I fall through a scrim. It was like an episode of I Love Lucy—To that end, I will always refer to my collaboration with Fred as “Fred and Ethel.” There’s also a blackmail video of me and Fred doing a startling version of “If I Had a Hammer” on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan…amidst a heavy traffic of puzzled passersby!

GL:  A glamorous version of “Fred and Ethel” maybe—now I really want to see those outtakes! LOL Switching gears, I recently watched Steven Jones’ YouTube message of forthcoming events regarding Etrangers Music, etcetera at: http://youtu.be/6CmFfgyWrZI You two have an EP collaboration coming out in October, correct?  

DD:  Yes, Transparent People was written by our good friend Angela Caruccio. Angela heads the Wicked 7 Booking and Public Relations Agency in London, and she is currently branching out into other places like Ibiza and Barcelona. We recorded her song, and Angela got several DJs from major clubs in London (Most notably Martin Bundsen, and Miss Luna) and Ibiza to do rather brilliant mixes of it. It is soon to be released on a German label and even before its release, the track has gotten some airplay on Ibiza Global Radio and London radio as well. The thing with remixes of the same song (especially remixes done by talented DJs) is that each one sounds so dramatically different that it’s like having four different songs on the EP. Angela has managed to hook us up with a diversely talented group of people. Steven and I also recorded another of her songs called “Music is the Medicine” and that was produced by the duo Loverdose. That mix actually went to the top ten of the Beatport Charts, and we were really pleased about that!  I also did a vocal for an up and coming new DJ called Chris Galbraith. The tune is called Baby all Night Long, and it’s a really sexy track, I’ll tell you!  In addition to doing these tracks, Angela has us do the voiceovers for a weekly Ibiza radio show. Our collaboration with her has been fruitful to say the least. 

GL:  Can’t wait to check out that track, too! Plus, I really enjoyed the interview you conducted at Punk Globe Magazine with Will Sid Smith recently at: punkglobe.com/willsidsmithinterview0913.php. Will you be interviewing for Punk Globe more in the future?

DD:  It’s funny, GL, I really think that I have a sixth sense sometimes about people…it’s either that, or I should have been a personal manager or PR person, because I think that I can really predict when someone will be hugely famous. I said it about Debbie Harry when I used to see her in small little clubs. I feel the same thing about Will Sid Smith. For someone so young, he writes and sings with a passion, maturity and sincerity that would be common in someone far beyond his tender age, and I think he’s going to be a pop sensation.  He’s just got that “it” factor in much the same way as Debbie had it so many years ago. Therefore, it was a joy to interview him because I feel like I will have been there before he hits it really big. He is such a gentleman and so very astute for someone so young! He really made my job super easy, and, yeah, I would love to do more for Punk Globe. I love Ginger, and I think the magazine really has staying power…which is a perfect segue to your next question, I think! LOL

GL:  Yes, it is…thank you! That’s been happening a lot recently. Either I have a bunch of wonderful super psychic friends or I’m getting too predictable—really hope it’s the former! LOL So, what is it that makes Punk Globe such a good read, and why do you think it’s had such amazing staying power?

DD:  What makes Punk Globe such a good read and what makes it have so much staying power, I think, is the whole premise of what it is based on. I’ve always felt that more than the fashion and the music, Punk is an attitude, and Ginger and the magazine embody that attitude—that sense of rebellion and flying in the face of conformity. Moreover, she always manages to get people that are very interesting, edgy and current—and “Hot Gossip” is oh so much fun. I mean, there’s a reason an online magazine has such a huge following that it gets more that 400,000 hits some weeks. I think that says a lot about its entertainment value and readability.

GL:  I certainly agree! What other projects do you have in the pipeline for the tail end of 2013 and heading into 2014?

DD:  Basically, we hope to do more collaborations, maybe a live show or two or three in Europe when Transparent People is released. Who knows, maybe a live show or two here…I’m also hard at work putting the finishing touches on a forthcoming Donna Destri EP called London. It’s going to be a bit of a departure from dance music. The songs are kind of dark and moody and it will even showcase my piano playing on one track, so I’m rather excited about that. Steven and Ashi (AKA Francis Perry) will produce that one. I have to say, it’s been a really exciting ride for me these last couple of years, and I’m so thankful to the people who have brought me back to life in so many ways…and I thank you, GL, for your time and your interest. Peace. 

GL:  Thank you so much for your time, Donna. It’s always a pleasure and an honor.

 

 

 

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My Interview with the Forever-Fabulous Ginger Coyote!

Published September 12, 2013 by glgiles

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Introduction:

Ginger Coyote, who needs no introduction to the punk community, is the outspoken and ever-fabulous founder of Punk Globe Magazine.  To add to that, she is also the lead singer of the outrageously fun punk rock band, White Trash Debutantes. Coyote is an advocate of gender equality and rights for those who’ve been outcasts in society and/or shunned by many. She has made a great difference in the world by changing it for the better through awareness and party lifestyle FUN!  She’s mingled with some other great talents along the way as well: Donna Destri, Iris Berry, Liv Tyler, Bebe Buell and Joey Ramone — just to name a handful.  You can check her out at these sites:

punkglobe.com

facebook.com/pages/PUNK-GLOBE-MAGAZINE/53902870002

facebook.com/pages/WHITE-TRASH-DEBUTANTES/43641361847

 

 

 

GL:  First, it’s truly my pleasure to interview you again, Ginger! I always love what you have to say, as it’s always heartfelt, edgy and FUN! Now, the last time I interviewed you we talked about the remarkable longevity of Punk Globe. You started the magazine in 1977 as a print publication, but it became available online in 2005 and is no longer a print publication, correct? If so, then would you like to see Punk Globe available as a print publication again, and why? 

Ginger:  No, I am really happy with the size of the audience that Punk Globe reaches by being online. Doing a print publication is so expensive with half tones, printing costs and all the other incidentals. Then there is getting good distributor who can get your magazine on the stands and having it placed properly for readers to find. It is a very hard process, but, most importantly, I am proud of all the trees that I have saved by doing Punk Globe on the Internet.  I am all about “Green Power” and Al Gore…

GL:  You have conducted many great interviews at Punk Globe. What are some of the interviews that you felt made a big difference in bettering the world through raising awareness?

Ginger: I think that Cyndi Ford’s article in the September 2013 issue about the 10 year old boy being abducted by his birth mother and her mother was wonderful. Making this aware to the ‘as many people as possible’ is the real goal. We MUST find him!!  For his birth father’s sake. I also did an article about bullying happening in a school district and the ordeal that the child’s parents were having with the parents of the students involved. It surprises me that this behavior still exists with adults. For that matter, it also surprises me that the kids are not more aware of the bullying problem and trying to change it. I am also happy with all the wonderful people on staff who work on Punk Globe.  I have a wonderful writer whose name is Lisa Lunney. A brilliant young woman who has third degree melanoma. She has her bad days and her good days. She does not let the ‘Big C’ get her down. Life is just not fair. I loved Laura Linney and The Big C. We have Tyler Vile who just turned 19 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy, but you would never know by his fantastic, well-crafted and very intelligent interviews. Check out his interview with Nina Antonia, George Tabb and Roddy Byers of The Specials [Thanks, Ginger! I also dig this one at: http://punkglobe.com/ninaantoniainterview0812.php%5D. He has not let his handicap hinder his ability. Will Sid Smith just turned 18. He has been writing since he was 16. He is pulling in some great interviews. Please google his interview with Pauline Black of The Selector [Thanks, Ginger! I did and thoroughly enjoyed it. Interested readers can check it out at: http://punkglobe.com/paulineblackinterview0713.php%5D. All the other people who work on Punk Globe have had their share of setbacks. But we are all forces to be reckoned with. So, I am very proud of the fact that I have never closed a door on anyone who wanted to be a part of the Punk Globe family.

 GL:  Punk Globe also reviews many cutting-edge reads, etcetera. Which books, albums and movies would you recommend based on their really capturing the spirit of punk culture?

 Ginger:  Well, of course Punk Globe would be first and foremost—at the top of the list. For myself, I have also found inspiration from comediennes such as Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Judy Tenuta, Julie Brown and the iconic Joan Rivers. They all lay it on the line and know NO fear. Plus they are so fucking funny!  I am an advocate of humor and how you can reach so many more people by using comedy as a learning tool. Rather than being preachy and boring people to death to make a point. In the ‘80s Peter Belsito and Bob Davis released a book called “Hardcore California:  A History of Punk and New Wave.” I was impressed by how diverse the table top book was. They covered so many people. As far as fanzines, I always loved Flipside Magazine in Los Angeles. They covered everyone.  Most of the other fanzines were very elitist and did not support anyone but a few choice few. Steven Blush’s movie, American Hardcore, was good but there was a blatant lack of women in the film version.  Also, the lack of bi, gay and trans people (who should always be included in all films). I was personally sad that I was not lucky enough to have made the movie version of the film. But I am on the DVD release.  I still get stopped and asked about my involvement in punk rock. Susanne Tabata from Vancouver has a documentary called “Bloodied But Unbowed,” and I think it is a well-rounded film. There are so many writers, filmmakers and photographers who are putting together so many projects. I hope I will be included in their projects. Of course, Shameless is stellar! The show is so brilliant that it’s like having John Waters and Matthew Bright on Showtime writing it. The show is one of the best that TV has to offer.

GL:  You partially read my mind, Ginger, because I was going to ask you next about some of the  comedians whom you and I both share a love and respect for—off the bat, Margaret Cho, Lily Tomlin and Judy Tenuta come to mind. What makes their comedic sensibilities resonate with you? Who are some other comedians you admire?

Ginger:  As I said in my answer to the prior question Margaret, Lily and Judy take no prisoners and say what we all are thinking—that is a gift!!! Margaret was a member of my band, White Trash Debutantes, at one time. I have written a song called “Judy Tenuta” about the Giver Goddess Fashion Plate Saint.  Get on your knees pigs…Make no complaints…Judy came to see The White Trash Debutantes when they played The Blue Lamp in San Francisco. That is when I first introduced Margaret Cho to Judy. When I met Lily Tomlin I was just bowled over by her brilliance. She is an amazingly cool woman. I love the work she is doing with Lisa Kudrow on Web Therapy [me, too, Ginger, that’s one of my favorite shows---consistently funny!] I love Lisa Lampanelli, Kathy Griffin, Wendy Liebman, Jayne County, Joan Rivers, Dorothy Lyman, Fran Drescher, Delta Burke, Bea Athur, Kim Dallesandro, Tina Fey, Joy Behar, Rosie O’ Donnell, Betty White, Sandra Bullock, Bill Maher and Don Rickles .  I only wish I had Kathy Griffin’s sharp wit. She can throw it down with the best of ‘em. Bebe Buell, G.L. Giles, Iris Berry, Mary Powers, Kathy Peck, Pleasant Gehman, Will Sid Smith, Pauley Paurette, Sebastian Kinder, Ms. Ligaya, Sharla Cartner, Marc Floyd, Steven Jones, Evol Powers, Jimmy Walls,  Debbie Harry, Donna Destri, The Gypsy Poet, Johnny Paris, Steve Balderson, Randy Jones, Wendy Kaufman, Liv Tyler, Jon Gries, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Kim Dallesandro, Mink Stole, Miss Guy, Jayne County,  Cherry Vanilla, Brandon Smith, Siobhan Lowe, Alex, Pauli Gray, Denise Demise,  Eric Borst, Chelsea Rose, Joe Dallesandro, Jeff are just a few of the great people who exist that help me keep going!! [Thank-you, Ginger---likewise!]

GL:  What has the White Trash Debutantes been working on recently—materials-wise? Where will you be touring in 2014? Which track(s) were on the Nash Bridges’ soundtrack?

 Ginger:  With White Trash Debutantes it depends if we get an offer for a show that interests us. When I first heard about his Punk Homecoming it sounded like a lot of fun. However, now I am on the fence with what seems to be happening. I see the old cliques from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s reappearing. And all their favorites getting good time lots and the rest of us are throwaway bands. It is sad but true. Hopefully it will prove to be fun. George Michaelski, who was the music supervisor for Nash Bridges, was a fan of the band and used quite a lot of our material. Since the show was filmed in San Francisco he wanted to use SF bands. Thank you so much, George! We are open to working with film makers, documentaries and the media in general. I am getting approached about writing my memoirs and possibly an indie film about myself. I must remember ‘Orange Is The New Black’. Working more with Spikes Jewelry on product jingles…

GL:  The White Trash Debutantes have also been featured in several films—one of David Markey’s comes to mind as well as one about the fans of one of my favorite movies, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. How did these features come about? And, will the White Trash Debutantes be in any upcoming movies that you can tell readers about?   

Ginger:  Yes, we were highly featured in the film Tweak City by Eric Johnson, starring Giuseppe Andrews of Detroit Rock City and American History X —among many more films. It was filmed in San Francisco and was fun but a lot of work to make. Dave Markey’s film was about Shonen Knife, and we had a small role in the film. Dave is a sweetheart and an old time pal. We were asked to participate in The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 25th Anniversary with a Rocky Tribute company called Midnight Insanity. It was so much fun! We performed with Pat Quinn, the original Magenta, and the wonderful Cassandra Peterson (who is Elvira). My dear friend, Vitamin C (Colleen Fitzpatrick who played Amber in John Waters’ wonderful flick, Hairspray) was our guest and she was pals with Cassandra, so we became friends. In fact, I reconnected Colleen with Debbie Harry. I was on Mad TV a few times and that gave me a lot of recognition. Our music was used in many films, and I did a film about the life of the late great Marian Anderson who was the lead singer for The Insaints. The film was called The Last Fast Ride.  I am also featured in Susanne Tabata’s film:  Bloody But Unbowed (about the early Vancouver punk scene and the impact it made on the west coast). I was on MTV a lot and would like to thank Kurt Loder for being so very kind and generous to myself and the band.

GL:  What other projects do you have in the pipeline for the tail end of 2013 and heading into 2014? 

Ginger:  Hopefully, my memoirs getting written and working on a film about myself. Of course, any shows that White Trash Debutantes may be offered and, most importantly, keeping Punk Globe alive and even more fun! Always VOTE Liberal! Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Tammy Baldwin rule!

GL:  Thanks again, Ginger! There’s truly never a dull moment with you, and that’s one of the reasons I love you!

Ginger Coyote

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Our “UTOT” Is Mentioned in “Vampire News: The (not so) End of Times Edition (Vol. 2)”!

Published July 4, 2013 by glgiles

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