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Interview with a Beautiful ‘Sinning Saint’: Courtney Rose!

Published December 16, 2013 by glgiles
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As Courtney Rose reveals on her Facebook Fan Page at https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteArtz, she’s an “Artist, Badass, and a sinning saint.” She’s “an artist by blood" and has been "drawing since a very young age…[with] a love for Batman, Fashion, Tattoos, Vin Diesel, Lara Croft and…[with] confidence sharper than a stiletto heel." Plus, I'm truly honored to call her my friend! 
 
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GL: Why do you find comic artwork so appealing?

CR: I really got into it because it was a way for me to combine two things I really love, Superheroes and artwork. I read comics a lot when I was a little girl. My dad was a big comic buff, so I was introduced to a lot of the characters at a very young age. That’s where my love for Batman stems from. Once my artistic skills began to really flourish in high school, that’s when I really worked myself into doing a lot of comic illustrations of the characters I fell in love with. People seem to enjoy my art, so I must be doing something right.

GL: Indeed! I love your work!! Why are you drawn to certain powerful female icons? (like Wonder Woman and Catwoman) To clarify, are they paragons of perfection to you, or are they beautifully flawed and therefore perhaps more relatable?

CR: You know, I love Wonder Woman, but Catwoman definitely takes the cake. I think I am so drawn to her because, as you said, I see her as beautifully flawed. I can relate to her in a sense, we all have our gifts, talents and things we are good at, things that shine through. But some have an inner wound that doesn’t heal. It’s the thing that people don’t see. Catwoman is tough, fierce and puts up a strong front, but we know deep inside she’s a bit broken..How hard it must be fighting against the thing you love the most, a constant dance between love and pain is her relationship with Batman. I can relate to that.

GL: You know I love your “Old Wounds Can Heal” (as it’s hanging on one of the walls in my home). Please tell readers about the inspiration for this piece.

CR: You know, I drew her shortly after an emotional struggle. I was going through some difficulties and sat down with my paper, threw on my iPod, and just started drawing and she came out of it probably because as I mentioned earlier, I relate to her. The deeper story behind it is, to “trust your struggles” as I like to put it. I’d like to think that whatever pains we are put through will one day become useful to us. I guess the message is to “just keep going…”

GL: I can see that. Good advice! Now, you also design tattoos. Who have some of your human canvases been?

CR: I’ve always loved tattoos, I have many myself. When I was really young my father had a lot of biker friends, and I’d hang out with everyone watching them in the garage working on their bikes, and I was always amazed to see pictures on these guys’ flesh. So as I got older that traveled with me; in high school, my friends used to ask me to draw up designs for them so once they turned 18, they could go get inked. So I know there are a few people from my classes walking around with my designs on them which is pretty cool. I worked in a tattoo shop for a period of time drawing up designs for clients who came in. Some I remember are: a nice memorial piece for a woman who wanted to commemorate her father, I also had a guy who wanted a whole sleeve design of Triton battling the Kraken, and another guy came in wanting a huge “Ghost Rider” on his arm—that was defiantly an awesome one to draw up!

GL: I know that you work in a variety of mediums: pencil, ink, acrylic, watercolor paints, etcetera. Do you prefer one over the others?

CR: I don’t really prefer one over the other to be honest, I just tend to do more pencil and ink work because of my illustrations. I am making more time to get back into painting though because I find it quite relaxing and I really need to put all the canvases I have to good use, they’re starting to take up space!

GL: Besides working on your commissions, you’ve also been busy creating your own comic character, correct? Can you tell us any details about the character?

CR: That I have, she’s been in the works for a while—until I can really settle down on something solid with the direction I want her to go. She goes by “The Coyote.” She’s an assassin of assassins. They call her in to take other hired guns out if things start getting out of line or someone goes rogue. She’s kind of like a one girl cleanup crew.

GL: ‘The Coyote’ sounds like my kind of gal! And, you’re also working on an enormous portrait painting, correct? What can you divulge about that?

CR: That I am! It’s a personal project I’ll be tackling once all my commissions are caught up with. I have a pretty large canvas at home I’ve been trying to find a project for, and I’ve always wanted to do a portrait with paint. I can draw them well but painting is something I’ve never tackled so this will be it. It will be of an actor I really admire, Mads Mikkelson. I love Mads, I did a pencil portrait of him recently. He has such a sharp and intricate face and is like a chameleon the way he can change for each role. He’s definitely a big muse to me. I happened to stumble onto this photoshoot he did that was very dark and brooding… the dark grunge feel to it really spoke to the little gothic vampire-loving girl inside me. It will be an acrylic painting with another more “controversial” medium introduced as well. I won’t give that away yet though, you’ll just have to wait and see—for the finished product.

GL: Now for a fun question: What’s the strangest interview question you’ve ever been asked?

CR: Oh god, I did a Q&A video a year or so back and I think the craziest thing on there was:
“Does Batman turn you on?” The things people think up to ask will never cease to amaze me…

GL: What’s on the horizon for 2014?

CR: Not sure yet, I’m more of a “take it day by day” kind of girl. Hopefully this year I will be able to get something solid down for my comic and start really working on that. We’ll see where that takes me.

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

CR: I’ll always post works in progress and finished pieces on my Facebook “Like” page, and you can also purchase prints and original art from me there as well: http://www.facebook.com/CoyoteArtz

Oblivion

Mads

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Interview with a PR Personality and Gorgeous Model: Camille Key!

Published December 11, 2013 by glgiles

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Photo Credit: Travis Teate

Camille Key is the founder of both the CHS365.com website and the MIA365.com website. These sites offer complete on-line branding, marketing and PR packages, amazing graphics, photography, video production, marketing schemes, website development, the ability to measure your ROI (Return on Investment) as well as image consulting and fashion styling. In fact, the phrase ‘Modern-Day Renaissance Woman’ may well come to mind—especially after reading this interview!

 

 

 

GL:  Wonderful that you’re expanding into the Florida market with your site (Mia365.com), etcetera. How did it come about?

CK:  I’ve been traveling down to FL from Charleston for years and finally decided to be based out of there since most of my business was coming from there. I miss my amazing creative Charleston family though —there’s nowhere like it!

GL:  Besides marketing your own events, you’ve also been a part of promoting the Charleston International Film Festival, ART Mag, IceBox Bar, etcetera. What events will you be promoting in Florida (for the remainder of 2013 and 2014)?

CK:  I had some fun helping with the creation of the Big Data Combine, which was a hedge fund event, in Miami in October of this year; however, there are some other large events coming up in the near future that have been taking a lot of planning. We’re currently producing the 2nd Annual Rose Ball for New Year’s Eve in Charleston this year, along with IceBox Bar, and we have some exciting announcements coming up about an incredible international opportunity we’re working on for January 2014.

GL:  I’ve enjoyed reading your “Be In The Know” entries at your www.chs365.com. So, I know you’ve been a part of fundraisers, like “Party for the Parks 2013,” and that you also review venues—like the Mercury Bar on King Street in Charleston, SC. Will you be blogging about the same kind of things in your Florida market?

CK:  Absolutely!  We’ve been doing that already and have met some wonderful businesses and people in Miami, who have been featured on our MIA365.com website.

GL:  Now, I know that you’re great ‘on film’, too, as you’ve been both an interviewer and have been interviewed that way many times. So, have you given much thought about branching out more—into maybe acting or perhaps hosting your own TV show or webisodes?

CK:  Ha ha! I don’t know if I feel like I’m great on film, but that’s awesome of you to say. It’s actually been a challenge for me because I’ve enjoyed being behind the scenes and usually prefer that, so I’ve had to really work at it. I would most definitely jump at an opportunity to do anything Saturday Night Live-ish though!

GL:  I could easily see you doing that! Switching gears, I am already so excited to be going to ‘The Rose Ball’ this year! Please tell readers when and where it takes place and what’s in store for this year’s event (as in, which musicians, models, DJs, Charleston Celebrities, artists, etc. are slated to be there).

CK:  I’m really excited, too! I’m excited to come back up to SC and ring in the New Year with my Charleston family. We’re holding the 2nd Annual Rose Ball at the same location, which is the Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium, which is at 68 Hagood Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403. We’ve got some incredibly talented artists with us this year, including; DJ Jonas Tempel, Co-Founder of Beatport and Factory Design Labs from Denver, Colorado, along with DJ Cato K from Miami, DJ Arthur Bros., Vocalist Quiana Parler, The Dubplates Band, Ballerina Andrea De Vries, Deejay D-Nyce and DJ Mateo. We’ll also have some fun surprise performances throughout the evening. Tickets and info are up on our site at CharlestonRoseBall.com. Looking forward to having you as our guest!

GL:  I can hardly wait! So excited, and thanks so much for inviting me! In a different vein, you know that I love hearing about your jet-setting lifestyle. Please tell readers some of the places you’ve traveled to in 2012 and 2013.

CK:  2013 has definitely been a fun year, and I was fortunate to be able to visit some cool places such as Dubai, London and the Bahamas.  Definitely hoping to expand into some new territories next year!

GL:  Where can readers go to learn more about you and your wonderful projects?

CK:  We are constantly posting via both our sites (Mia365.com and Chs365.com), and, of course, we update our Twitter account daily (@ChsAfterDark).

It’s always a pleasure, Camille! All the best to you!

 

 

Interview with Author Steven W. Kohlhagen

Published December 2, 2013 by glgiles

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Introduction:

“Steve Kohlhagen knows the West, knows his history, and combines them into a fast-paced, irresistible story!” Where They Bury You [Sunstone Press] – http://www.StevenWKohlhagen.com/

Kohlhagen is a former, now retired, Economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a retired Wall Street investment banker, and is on several corporate boards, most recently elected to the board of Freddie Mac. While at Berkeley he authored many economics publications, and he and his wife Gale jointly published the murder mystery “Tiger Found” under their pen name Steven Gale… in 2008. Kohlhagen was inspired to write his latest book “Where They Bury You” after reading Hampton Sides’ “Blood and Thunder,” a non-fiction history of Kit Carson and the West. Sides’ reporting of the factual murder of Marshal Joseph Cummings on August 18, 1863 led Kohlhagen to conduct further research on Carson and Cummings, including at the National Archives. He also pulled from his own knowledge of the West, as the writer divides his time between the New Mexico-Colorado border high in the San Juan Mountains and Charleston, South Carolina” (https://www.facebook.com/SteveKohlhagenAuthor).

GL: Does living in diverse locations aid you in your writing?

SWK: Living in the summers in the San Juan Mountains on the Colorado, New Mexico border is a major help in my locational research for both the historical context and the Western locations for “Where They Bury You” and the sequel in progress. Maybe living half the year in different locations keeps me flexible and creative?

GL: Good answer! Please tell readers about the importance of the West in your “Where They Bury You.”

SWK: I love the West. I feel at home there. The history and cultures of Native Americans in the West resonate deeply in my sense of self. Germans have always been fascinated by the American West. Maybe my heritage coming from German immigrants and then living most of my youth in the high desert came together to create this within me.

GL: What’s the synopsis of “Where They Bury You,” and why were you inspired to write it?

SWK: In August 1863, during Kit Carson’s roundup of the Navajo, Santa Fe’s Provost Marshal, Major Joseph Cummings, is found dead in an arroyo near what is now the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. The murder, as well the roughly million of today’s dollars in cash and belongings in his saddlebags, is historically factual. Carson’s explanation that he was shot by a lone Indian, which, even today, can be found in the U.S. Army Archives, is implausible.

Who did kill Carson’s “brave and lamented” Cummings? The answer is revealed in this tale of a group of con artists operating in 1861–1863 in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories. As a matter of historical fact, millions of today’s dollars were embezzled from the Army, the Church, and the New Mexico Territory during this time. In this fictionalized version, the group includes the aide de camp of the Territories’ Commanding General of the Union Army, a poker dealer with a checkered past in love with one of her co-conspirators, and the Provost Marshal of Santa Fe. It is an epic tale of murder and mystery, of staggering thefts, of love and deceit.
Both a Western and a Civil War novel, this murder mystery occurs in and among Cochise’s Chiricahua Apache Wars, the Navajo depredations and wars, Indian Agent Kit Carson’s return to action from retirement, and the Civil War. The story follows the con artists, some historical, some fictional, during their poker games, scams, love affairs, and bank robberies, right into that arroyo deep in the heart of Navajo country.

I was inspired to write this when I came across Kit Carson’s explanation of the murder in Hampton Sides’ wonderful history, “Blood and Thunder.” My instant reaction was, “There’s no way he was murdered that way.” And the more I researched the actual figures the more convinced I became of Carson’s error and the more fascinating the set of plausible explanations and the story became.

GL: You were recently on ABC news. What topics did you discuss? Where can readers view it?

SWK: It was a very short interview, actually. Mostly we talked about the answers to the questions above. Here’s the link:
http://www.abcnews4.com/video?clipId=9560075&autostart=true

GL: Is “Where They Bury You” a departure from what you’ve written before?

SWK: Absolutely. My wife Gale and I co-wrote a Charleston missing persons mystery under the pen name Steven Gale called “Tiger Found,” and I wrote theoretical Economics while a professor at Berkeley, but this is my first solo novel and work of historical fiction.

GL: Where can readers pick up a copy?

SWK: It’s available on Amazon and can be ordered from Barnes and Noble.

GL: Which social networking sites are you on?

SWK: Facebook: Steven W. Kohlhagen SWK Artists LLC and Steven W Kohlhagen https://www.facebook.com/SteveKohlhagenAuthor
Twitter: @StevenKohlhagen
LinkedIn: Steve Kohlhagen Independent Publishing
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https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=34994799
Goodreads: Steven W. Kohlhagen

GL: Do you believe in sharing the same content on all sites, or do you think that it’s better to tailor the content for each one?

SWK: I try to tailor or as best I can.

GL: What’s on the horizon for 2014?

SWK: I have completed well over half the sequel and it takes place in 1863-1877 in Colorado, Oregon, and Wyoming. I’m enjoying watching the characters write this new story immensely. Possible title: “Chief of Thieves.” Would love feedback on that possible title. “Where They Dug You Up” wasn’t working for me!

GL: Now, that’s funny! Yes, “Chief of Thieves” might be a better title for you! Though “Where They Dug You Up” might work for one of my vamp novels. Readers, please give Steven your thoughts as well, and be sure to visit him at:
http://www.StevenWKohlhagen.com

Truly my pleasure, Steven!