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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!

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Hardcover, Paperback and E-book

Published September 7, 2013 by glgiles

“UTOT” (adult) available in hardcover at:

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Interview with T. Fox Dunham!

Published September 2, 2013 by glgiles

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Introduction from the back cover of “The Dragonfly and the Siren”:  “…T. Fox Dunham has appeared in nearly 200 international journals and anthologies. His first novel, The Street Martyr, will be published by Out of the Gutter Publishing in 2013…”

 

 

GL: How did you and Jay Wilburn come to collaborate on “The Dragonfly and the Siren?”

FOX: It was all a nefarious plot by Jay Wilburn to help him pilot the Hazardous Press table at the WHC in New Orleans. Dark gods were consulted. Crystal balls scryed. And he spoke to me via chat. When I said I’d consider going, he announced that I would be there; and I was deluged by a series of requests for signings and visits and drinks after midnight. After that it was a fait accompli.

I thought since Jay and I would be at the table, it would be useful to have something to sell from us. Robert Helmbrecht asked me if I’d do a short story anthology at about 40,000 words. I was so busy with finite energy, that I told him I could do perhaps 20,000 and that I could team up with Jay. Jay and I have been moving in similar circles. We often find ourselves sharing table of contents, and I felt a shared energy with the fellow. He’s a brother, and we’re on this journey together. It felt only natural to do a book together.

GL: In your collection of dark and disturbing stories making up “The Dragonfly and the Siren,” I was particularly struck with your The Siren Lucinda and I Promise the Sun Shall Rise. Please give readers a synopsis of each and why you were inspired to write them.

FOX: The Siren Lucinda is one of my early works and was the birth-legend of The Good Doctor Sullivan. This makes it significant in my work, as he’s become an icon for me, an expression of my battle with death. My hero fought a war a Korea and went mad. Now he lives on the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey, hiding from the world, when one morning he meets a lithe spirit of a woman, Lucinda. At first, she is surprised that this beach rat can see her, and then each morning they walk together. She speaks of her husband, The Good Doctor Sullivan. We never meet him. We only hear macabre stories, and we get the idea that he preserved her from death to be his wife, that he is ethereal and walks with the crows. He will place your eyes in his pockets too. It is a kindness. Finally, he convinces her to run away with him, and on the last day, Lucinda stands him up on the beach. There forever he is trapped in his undying love for this woman, a punishment perhaps.

Why did I write it? Perhaps I was exercising the hurt lost loves have caused me. Or maybe it was all about The Good Doctor Sullivan. He was born in a lightning strike. One moment, I’m writing prose about their meeting. Lucinda is talking. Then, from an inspirational night, she speaks of her husband, The Good Doctor Sullivan. He emerged so simply, an easy birth, a slip of words, to become the darkest force in my writing and my life. He is the icon of death—and he is kind.

 

I Promise the Sun Shall Rise: This one goes to my core. It begins with Mary and Fox waking up in a small mansion somewhere in a stormy land. They have a beautiful life, but Mary feels the wolf at the door. It drags her out of the story-dream, and she realizes she’s actually in the patient waiting room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with Fox. Both of them suffer cancer and are waiting to be taken back for radiation. Through the story, Mary is dying and Fox is recovering. They are very much in love and waiting, and he’s trying to keep her in the world by convincing her that the dream is real and cancer is the fantasy. She’s tired though and just wants to sleep. He won’t let her go.

 

The causes behind this story are personal. Much of it is true, when I went through radiation at Penn for Lymphoma. I was a storyteller there, and I was so cruel with my kind stories. I meant well. You’ll see Mary in many of my stories as I relive this story again and again. She is my limbo. Sometimes, you never leave a place. You close your eyes, and you’re still there, being burned and watching the one you love slip away.

GL:  Sincere thanks for sharing with us, Fox. Changing gears, why did you decide to go with Hazardous Press for the publication of “The Dragonfly and the Siren?”

FOX: Robert Helmbrecht is a fine publisher, and I respect his outfit. Many friends have been published there, much on my advice, and I wanted to support them at the WHC. He’s a professional, and I plan to work with Hazardous for many years to come.

GL: Please give readers a synopsis of your “The Street Martyr.”

FOX: So you’ve got these two low-level drug dealers, selling Percs and pills they get from a crooked pharmacist, on the street: Vincent and Louie. They’ve been partners since Catholic school, a couple of screw-ups really. Louie’s got big dreams. He’s a runt, and he earned the moniker Kid Louie when he was younger. Now he beats the hell out of anyone who might be thinking of him as ‘Kid’. He’s King Fucking Louie. Vincent just wants to make enough money and take care of his sick mother.

One night, Vincent is enlisted by his guardian father-figure priest, Gabe, to go and scare a pedophile priest who was just transferred to the parish. He goes and scares him, beats him up some, leaves him standing in his dirty flat. The next morning, Father Larry Mills is found dead, beheaded, in a local park. Witnesses identify Vincent, and a manhunt is on. Not only is the city of Philadelphia after Vincent, but so is the local crew of the Philadelphia mafia, led by Dominic. First, they just try to get out of Philly, but they’re drawn deeper into a conspiracy that involves the mob, the cops, and even local politicians. Vincent hides among the homeless, the defaced, the disenfranchised, and he learns the identity of the murderer. He’s then set on a mission and rises from street dealer to vigilante in a city to fight the corrupt system. He becomes a hero.

The Street Martyr is about the poor, poverty. It’s about the way we deface people. The poor only have three real ways of rising out of their status: drugs, crime or faith. Each is a spurious path. As authors, we must speak for those who have had their mouths torn out.

GL: What’s its release date?

FOX: The Street Martyr will be available in book stores and libraries on October 1st. Preorders are available on Amazon.com. My publisher is working with a distributor, and orders are coming in across the board for national stores. It’s exciting for my first book. They can never take it away from me now.

GL: What made you decide on Out of the Gutter Publishing for “The Street Martyr?”

FOX: Kid Louie was born at Gutter Press. I dabbled in crime fiction, first submitting a story to Pulp Metal Press which they published. I was following Paul D. Brazil—amazing crime author—around the internet. If he LIKED or worked with a publisher, I hit it. I decided to do a story for Flash Fiction Offensive, published by Gutter Press. I write flash fiction in a flash, and I decided to create a new character, Kid Louie. I wrote the story form nothing in about twenty minutes. It’s a real kick that way. I sent it off and moved onto to my next conquest. (I see markets as conquests.) Tom Pitts had just taken over FFO. Tom would become good friends later after I met him in San Francisco, he and his family. He called it one of the best stories they’d published in eight years, and it was featured as the first story on the TOC for their annual anthology.

I was choked by horror. I had stopped writing that August to focus on D&D role-playing and just clear my head and do some fishing. I needed a change, and I had published near 200 short stories in two years. I needed to do a novel, change things up, and I knew my best chance to get published was with an established publisher that appreciated my work. A literary-crime novel felt good, right to write, and I decided to expand the short story, Kid Louie. I wrote it in two months, learning to love the long art form. Max Booth III, my guy at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, gave me a beta read and a great edit. Thank you Max for holding my hand. And off I sent it. I expected to wait 4-6 months, patiently. You manage your expectations. Cautious optimism. You send off your manuscript and just put it out of your mind. Matthew Louis, the chief at Gutter, accepted it four days later. Now I expected a POD publication, nothing big. I had no idea he was going to use my book to launch the next level of Gutter Books, going through IPGN for book stores. That’s every author’s dream. Gutter books also setup a release party in San Francisco, and they paid for my air fare, hotel and trip. I blew the doors off the place with my friend Will Viharo, he was releasing his book also.

I’m currently under contract with PMMP for my next book, The Tangible Illusion of Reality or Searching for Andy Kaufman, and Blood Bound Books wanted a medical-horror novel from me, based on my short story published by them, The Deal. They are currently reading that novel, Mercy, which I wrote after coming home from the WHC.

GL: Amazing…congratulations! Now, I had the pleasure of meeting you at World Horror Con, and, in addition to your inviting personality, I was struck with how well you recited poetry. Any plans to compile a book of your poetry one day?

FOX: You’re going to be surprised, but I’m not really a poet. I wrote much poetry when I was younger, but I focused on prose and narrative. I synthesized poetic phrases into my narrative, and my work is often said to be indistinguishable from poetry. This is my style, a style I’ve had to fight for in the spoon-fed modern American literary community. I’ll return to poetry one day. I do love it so and often quote it: Elliot, Yeats. Tomas.

GL: Which conventions will you be attending, if any, the tail end of 2013? In 2014?

FOX: Rising author and sort of my ward Mandy DeGeit has compelled me to share a room with her at Anthcon in November. I go mostly to see friends. Mandy is dear to me. I also might be the guest of honor at a book festival in Plymouth England. I do intend to attend to the WHC in Portland in 2014, especially if BBB picks up Mercy. I’ve also offered to help Denise Brown—Auntie Denise—with the May December Books table there. I’m her fox in the field. We’ll see from there. NoirCon in Philly in 2014. Conventions exhaust me.

GL: Do you think that in this day and age attending conventions is necessary for both new and established writers? If so, then why?

FOX: With modern social connections and media, it is no longer necessary. The fast communications of the inter-web had reshaped the industry. Agents are vanishing from the process, and authors can find publishers and readers directly. Our world has changed so much. Now it may not be mandatory, but it can be very useful. I spent much time negotiating with publishers, making contacts, reaching readers and getting myself some gigs for the future. That’s how I met you.

If anything, conventions would be more effective if the founders worked to bring in more readers. There was shortage of readers and fans at the WHC, and it was really authors selling to authors. Pyramids formed with the top authors leading groups. Not a single sign had been posted in New Orleans. The HWA needs an advance team to go in and at least put up some signs. If they gave me some money to do it, I’d volunteer.    

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

FOX:

My Work Email: foxbard@comcast.net

The Street Martyr at Gutter Books: http://www.gutterbooks.com/2012/05/t.html

The Street Martyr for sale at Amazon.com – (PREORDER!):

http://www.amazon.com/Street-Martyr-T-Fox Dunham/dp/1939751055/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376346897&sr=1-1&keywords=the+street+martyr

My Blogs: www.tfoxdunham.com & http://tfoxdunham.blogspot.com/

The Siren & The Dragonfly: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragonfly-Siren-Jay-Wilburn/dp/0615826121

 

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