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So NOT Another Mundane Memoir (Both Heartfelt & Hot!!)

Published May 1, 2017 by glgiles

My Review of “So L.A.:  A Hollywood Memoir” by Staci Layne Wilson

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Right from the onset, Wilson reveals that she was “born in Hollywood to a rock star dad and a pinup model mom.” If anyone deserves the title of ‘Hollywood Royalty,’ then she most certainly does!

I had the good fortune of ‘cyber meeting’ Staci way back when MySpace was stylized just that way:  MySpace. Even before it changed to Myspace. I think it must’ve been circa 2005, as I don’t think Staci even had her trademark look blue-streak hair yet (Hmmm…I wonder where Blue Streak Productions got its ‘roots?!’). Speaking of hair, that’s what drew me to her  MySpace page, initially. Well, that and her wonderful sense of humor! She had a profile picture up on MySpace of her long locks (a la Cousin Itt, with her back to the camera) and the caption “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” That still makes me smile even as I write this.

Her knowledge of ‘Old Hollywood’ is extensive (perhaps par for the course with her Hollywood Royalty Roots). Yet, it’s not just the famous names she honors that makes this memoir a captivating read, it is the city of Los Angeles itself. She breathes life into the buildings and landscapes of old and new with her detailed and richly layered insider knowledge.

Though she’s definitely the product of her parents’ journeys, she also, quite remarkably, forged her own more darkly delightful artistic paths while at the same time rescuing horses, rats, cats, ferrets, et cetera. But, that doesn’t mean her own journey was easy. It wasn’t. In fact, she struggled both emotionally and monetarily for years, but she overcame all with a non-judgmental attitude, even against those who’d caused her so much pain.

Her creativity is boundless, and in a society where much art has become homogenized from fear of social media backlash, etc., hers stands out for both its perfection and almost resistance to the mundane tide. I admire the hell outta that!

 

G.L. Giles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Author Darla Hogan!

Published July 14, 2014 by glgiles
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Darla Hogan was born in Southampton, England. For 25 years, he worked as a Physics teacher in the UK, before realising a dream and starting his own business. He currently owns and runs Hogan’s, a sandwich shop in Blackpool (an obvious connection?). Darla has always been passionate about reading and amongst many genres, enjoys short stories and science fiction. In 2011 Darla began writing a novel, titled ‘First Awakening’. This is the first book of a quartet, which will become available on most e-book platforms in 2015. During the editing process of this book, Darla has written and published a book of 17 short horror stories titled, Sc@re E-stories 17 #internet #Horrors. This book is currently available on Kindle and is free to borrow for UK kindle prime members. A second book of short horror stories, entitled Cradle to Grave is now published and available on the Kindle platform.
Currently Darla is working on the completion of his Science fiction/fantasy epic and has plans for future book releases over the next few years.

For further information please visit his website at this link. http://www.darlahoganauthor.com/

Q. How has being an ‘Ex-Physics teacher’ aided your storytelling? (Please give examples from your work)

A. My Physics background does have a huge impact on my work, as I often find I myself trying to ‘scientifically explain’ a phenomenon or event in some of the horror stories I write. A prime example is “Message me tomorrow” in The SC@RE E-STORIES collection. My initial idea was to base a story around the paradox that would occur if we could receive information from the future. The thinking processes I used started with the idea of there being particles that travel faster than the speed of light. These particles would travel back in time and for this story they were detectable by a quantum computer which had the processing power to analyse patterns from the particles, hence enabling it to see limited aspects of the future. The paradox that occurs at the end of the story might only affect the main character, but it may be affecting the whole universe. The reader can make the choice in their own mind.

In the novel “First Awakening”, there is a huge amount of science and at every stage, I have researched as far as possible to ensure the Science is plausible, I consider this story to be a fantasy epic, but backed with sound science.
In the collection of horror stories featured in Cradle to Grave, ‘Eternity’ is the most scientifically structured of all the stories, detailing the darker aspects of trying to maintain life forever.

Q. Please tell readers what reads they’ll be able to find at your Weebly site.

A. My website is in an evolving process and it is my intention to expand the content over time. Besides links to my work, I will post new stories and at intervals, change sample stories relating to published works.

Q. How many hours a day do you spend on social media?

A. Because of my commitments to running a busy business and finding the time to write the answer to this is simple, less than one hour each day. I am not a fan of Facebook, see next answer, but I have found twitter to be a good place to form links with other authors and readers. Essentially, I prefer direct email contact with authors and readers because discussions can evolve to a deeper level.

Q. What are your thoughts about those who engage in trolling?

A. I think it is such a shame that human nature is polluted by feelings of jealousy and spite. I have no time for those who try to gain their thrills at the expense of others.

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Q. Me, either. Great answer! Now, do you favour any of your characters in “First Awakening?” In your short stories?

A. I have interpreted this question as favouring characters from any of my books. To deal with “First Awakening” first. There are several complex characters in this novel and due to direction the plot is heading, the main character, Leonardo, has flaws in the first novel. His character will evolve through the next three books however. The character of Calopius is very complex, as he has been damaged through his youth because of the extreme size of his penis. In some respects, this is partly metaphorical, in that there are many individuals who suffer because they have some aspect of their physical form or personality, which is outside the norm. Calopius is a character who has compensated for this by rising to power, but the established politics of Theoden is constraining his true feelings. Towards the end of the first book, I involve the reader with the turmoil that is taking place in Calopius’s mind, as he rediscovers that he can feel affection and love for another individual.

At the current time, I have unpublished ‘First Awakening’ as I feel the opening chapters need restricting and rewriting. I have received some very encouraging feedback from readers about this novel, mainly that it is an amazing plot with very powerful characters and totally unique. It is a complex story and in its current form, the opening chapters deviate from the main storyline due to excessive background content. I have planned how I will change this and will be working on the rewrite over the next few weeks.

In the short stories there are a variety of characters, some are purely evil, while others are innocent victims. During the process of writing any story, I try to place myself into the mind of the character, either as the perpetrator committing dark deeds, or the victim of the perpetrator. Some of my characters are very old people; I think this is a neglected aspect in some of the recent trends of horror writing. I find that building an outline sketch of an elderly character who is possibly suffering from dementia, produces a sinister aspect to a storyline. Agnes, the sweet old lady in “Waiting for Albert” being one example. The character of Neil, featured in “Through the eyes of a psychopath” is based on a real person. One of my ex-pupils was diagnosed as a sociopath after he decapitated several ducks. In his mind he carried out an experiment to see how long their bodies would continue to twitch for, after he ripped their heads from their bodies. As he grew older, he was constantly fighting a battle with himself, knowing that if he did hurt or kill someone in a moment of rage, he would feel nothing for them. I am not sure if continued to lead a ‘normal’ life as I lost contact with him twelve years ago.

Q. That’s awful! Real life horror, as many of my fellow animal lovers will agree. Switching gears, thankfully, though you’re mostly known for writing in the great genre of adult horror, you’re also versatile enough to be working on a YA novel now which is a departure from the darker side, correct?  What are some of the challenges you’ve faced writing in this new arena?

A. This is not such a big departure as there is a dark side in this novel. The reason I want to write in this genre, is because of my background as a teacher. Some of the characters in this novel are based on real people and real events that occurred during my time in teaching. My main challenge is to ensure I use a suitable vocabulary, alongside providing an entertaining and exciting story for my readers.

Q. Switching gears, you own a sandwich shop aptly named Hogan’s. Do you offer vegetarian/vegan fare there, too?

A. The shop offers a wide range of options for most tastes. We have a large number of vegetarian customers but only one or two vegans. As far as possible we try to offer bespoke sandwiches/snacks that our customers demand.

Q. Will you be at any book signing events and/or conventions the remainder of 2014? In 2015?

A. As yet, I have no plans in this direction, future plans will depend on how successful I am in marketing and promoting my work. I intend to take my writing career a step at a time and adjust my commitments as I deem necessary.

Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your work? (social networking sites, et cetera)

A. I mainly use twitter for making contacts and blogging at the current time. I have recently placed a few pieces on Wattpad and I am now working on building my website.

The link to my website is http://www.darlahoganauthor.com/

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Interview with Author Selah Janel!

Published June 22, 2014 by glgiles

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It’s truly my pleasure to welcome the captivating raconteur, Selah Janel, to The GL Giles Files again. First, here’s her amazing bio. to bring everyone up to speed:  

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. The many people around her that supported her love of reading and curiosity probably made it worse. Her e-books The Other Man, Holly and Ivy, and Mooner are published through Mocha Memoirs Press. Lost in the Shadows, a collection of short stories celebrating the edges of ideas and the spaces between genres was co-written with S.H. Roddey. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, The Grotesquerie, and Thunder on the Battlefield. Olde School is the first book in her new series, The Kingdom City Chronicles, and is publishedthrough Seventh Star Press. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

 

Selah’s Links:

Blog – http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Facebook author pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K

Goodreads –  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

 

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Olde School by Selah Janel

Book One of the Kingdom City Chronicles

Genres:

Cross-Genre: Fantasy, Fairy/Folktale, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Blurb:

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.

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Q. One of the many things I appreciate about your “Olde School” is that I see in your characters (be they trolls, kings, brownies, a strange bird, princesses, ogres and other Folk) a nod to many traditional renderings, but they also almost defiantly resist being categorized by ‘old school’ characteristics. Is this an accurate assessment?

A. First, thanks so much for having me on and reading the book! I’d definitely agree with that assessment. Some of that was purposeful and some of it evolved during the writing process. I’d always envisioned Kingdom City as a modernized folktale-ish world, so I wanted a lot of modern elements and a lot of traditional elements. It’s always intrigued me that a lot of character types in that type of fantasy are very similar in most renderings across the board. There’s nothing wrong with that consistently. A lot can be said for keeping things to a certain structure. Personally, though, I don’t like boxes and labels, and I began wondering why those types of characters were always done in certain ways. The real difficulty was tapping into their personalities and portraying them so they wouldn’t become a gimmick. That was extremely important to me. I didn’t want this to be seen as someone trying to hop on the fairy tale/fantasy popularity train. I have a deep love for these traditions and stories, so if I was going to shake things up, it was important to me that everything was grounded and felt like it made sense. Not only was it fun for me to write these new types of trolls, animal helpers, royals, and whatnot, but it really got me thinking as to what it might be like for them to be typecast one way but not be that way at all.

Q. I can only imagine the amount of work you put into capturing the amazing dialects, atmosphere, character strengths and flaws, et cetera that brought this, Book One of “The Kingdom City Chronicles,” to life. Are you a believer in creating elaborate character profiles first?

A. I’ve become the sort that takes notes as I go, honestly. I’ve done some extensive character profiles for other projects, but this one actually started out as a short story then grew. I stopped and started and re-worked things so many times it probably would have made things easier, but I ended up writing out things in notebooks to refer to as I went. I definitely have timelines, some character backgrounds fleshed out, a general city history, and some other things to keep me honest. I always feel like I’m not the best on keeping things filed at the ready, so that’s something I’m working on. A lot of things like the dialects were finalized in edits – I’d get a better idea of what generations or creatures used which slang and go through and make sure it was all consistent. That was probably one of the hardest aspects. Ippick’s speech differs from Paddlelump and Uljah, Clyde and his ilk tend to not use contractions except in certain cases, there are all sorts of slang terms, specific names for things, and curses I invented…I definitely think they add a lot, but I was ready to smack myself for being that detailed in edits!

In terms of personality issues and flaws, a lot of the times the character traits are so embedded in the characters for me, I don’t necessarily need to write those down. It becomes more of an instinctive feel – I can tell if something Flora says doesn’t ring true, or if Clyde is getting a little off. That being said, there have been some things that have popped into my head that seemed very out there at first, but were definitely dead-on for the characters or plot. Paddlelump is probably the hardest because in this book, at least, he’s very reactionary and well-meaning. It took a lot of sitting down and reworking his character to get him to feel right, but I’m really pleased and proud of how he turned out.

Q. Me, too! He’s definitely a well-drawn character. And, I know that I personally liked the feisty and capable waitress over the inept, but beautiful, maid. However, did you favor any of your characters in this book? In your other books?

A. This is one of the books that I really have a huge, huge love for my entire cast. Even those that may not be likeable or are considered antagonists I’ve come to adore. I’m a firm believer that in Kingdom City, everyone has their story, their reasons, so what you’re seeing in the first book is just a sliver of why the characters are doing what they’re doing. Some of that will be explored in later books, and I want to do some short collections in different points of view so readers can really understand why some characters may be acting the way they are.

I think for me, my opinions differ since a lot of characters were fun to write even if they differ from my personal tastes. I really came to feel protective of Paddlelump, but I absolutely love writing Nobody. She is a wreck, but she is endlessly entertaining because I can just let myself go and have her do say just horrible things and it works. Flora is definitely more in my wheelhouse, and I have a lot planned for her in the future. Ippick is probably my excuse to let out my subversive, inappropriate humor, though I think he’s going to do some awesome things in the future. Clyde is definitely the little winged devil on my shoulder, and I’m always discovering just what he will and won’t do. He’s fascinating to write, and definitely stretches me sometimes. Everyone has their fun points and their frustrating ones for me. It’s like there’s several levels to them and I have to be aware to keep them well-rounded and believable instead of just getting them to do silly things. Even the minor characters like some of the schoolgirls, Addlebaum, Ran, or Grimclaw intrigue me.

Q. You allude, in the Acknowledgements, to how difficult and time-consuming it was to make “Olde School” a reality—and I know readers will be happy that you persevered because it’s incredibly well-written and great fun—but, have you ever been so frustrated by the process of a novel coming together that you decided to take a ‘gap year’ before sorting everything out?

A. Oh, definitely. Olde School is the result of what I thought was a short story evolving into something much bigger. The very beginning of Kingdom City started in 2006, but I didn’t like the ending I had in mind for the short, so I put it away until 2011, where it grew to a short novel. I still didn’t like the ending I had in mind, but when I was approached for a series idea, I realized that I was having trouble because the world of Kingdom City was so much bigger than I’d originally realized. It’s one of those series where I immerse myself in it and step away constantly. It’s the only way to stay semi-sane. I get ideas for it all the time, but it’s like letting a massive tidal wave become something more manageable. There are definitely times I need to breathe, and that’s when I can shift through what’s really going to work and what has to wait. Even during edits I had to take a few days or a week here or there to just get my mind together and catch my breath. My brain tends to throw everything at me at once, and sometimes even my to do lists just make things seem mountainous. I had it in my head that fantasy world-building was going to be easier than urban fantasy because I could invent everything my way. This is a horrible, horrible lie. It wasn’t awful because I enjoy the creative process, but it was definitely more than I had expected because I really, really wanted Kingdom City to be a full-bodied world. I want people to get excited and imagine what it’s like to explore those streets and the other parts of The Land. That area is so diverse, I think anyone could picture themselves as a tourist or a resident there, and I wanted people to have enough detail to be able to do that in their own imaginations. Granted, the process drove me a little crazy getting to that point, and I’m sure as things change and develop it’ll continue, but it’s definitely a labor of love. If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t keep going back to it. I’m very lucky to have a publisher and an editor who get it and who communicate freely with me, but also give me a little space and support so I don’t wear myself out.

Q. Thanks for the wonderful insight which I’m sure many writers can appreciate. Switching gears, please give readers a glimpse into the lives of your oft-endearing trolls.

A. I have three trolls in the book: Paddlelump Stonemonger is the youngest and the main character, Uljah Toothgnasher is his older friend, and Ippick Bonecrusher is the oldest. Ippick is the crotchey bachelor of the group, the one who inserts his commentary whether they want it or not. He leans toward wishing for the ‘good ol’ days,’ but definitely takes advantage of modern convenience. He’s in real estate, but because of his off-putting nature he tends to have a lot of odd jobs on the side to make up for his lack of sales.

Uljah at times acts as a father figure to Paddlelump. Unlike his two friends he’s pretty gaunt and bony compared to their substantial sizes. He’s the married one of the group, and it’s strongly hinted that he’s bossed around by his wife quite a bit. He’s affable, amiable, and hard to ruffle. Like Ippick, he’s pretty good at fighting if he has to, but his personality is a little less abrasive. He’s a butcher and is still trying to reach a place of financial stability (no thanks to his wife’s habits with credit cards).

Paddlelump is the most successful of the three, the youngest, and the most unique. He’s young and approachable-looking, and he has a kinder, gentler nature than his friends. He’s progressive and tends to give others the benefit of the doubt. His recent inheritance and his ability to use it to fund a booming toll bridge business means he’s often the target of different opinions from townspeople, the local government, and those who may not wish him well. Although he has a kind nature, he can be a little reactionary and tends to blame his circumstances for his misfortunes a little bit.

All three of these guys bring different things to the table. All have their fun and amusing qualities, their likeable qualities, and all three have their irritating aspects. That’s what makes them fun for me. They hang out at Trip Trap’s diner for lunch everyday, pick on each other, help each other out, antagonize each other…for me, their friendship is very real and is reminiscent of those who have known each other a long, long time. They’re fun to write together. It’s nice to know that even creatures that are traditionally seen as bloodthirsty or dumb or as bad guys can not only have very different types of personalities, but also cultivate long-term friendships and have each other’s backs.

Q. Speaking of trolls, I’m curious how you weigh in on the subject of a different sort of ‘troll’:  an internet troll. Some might argue that this is the most insidious sort. Now that the Internet is a town square of sorts should there be more gatekeepers to keep out these new trolls?

A. Great question! I have to admit, it’s a loaded subject. I’ve seen stuff posted on memebase that make me laugh, but anymore I can see how frustrating being at the receiving end of that sort of behavior is. It’s hard enough sorting through things online because of the nature of text responses, but having people purposefully making things difficult makes it harder. I guess it’s one thing if it’s more playful or being dumb, but when you’re getting into trolling boards or comment threads of topics that are already hot-button subject matter, what’s the point in stirring up all that ire or emotion? I don’t know how you patrol something like that, honestly. Admittedly, any time I see that sort of thing going on now I think of a scene in Trip Trap’s where Ippick is intentionally stirring up online forums and laughing about it. It’s funny in the book, but I’d hate to be on the receiving end of his hijinks.

Q. What’s on the horizon for the rest of 2014?

A. I’m currently working on promoting Olde School and working on a short story collection to go with it before I start book two. Beyond that I’m polishing a couple novels to start shopping, and working on some anthology submissions. I’ll be working with Fortress Publications later this year for an issue of Trail of Indiscretion themed around my fiction, Mocha Memoirs Press just re-released my historical horror story Mooner in e-book format, and I’ll be appearing at Imaginarium in September. Besides all that, you can (usually) catch me Wednesday nights at 9pm est as a co-host on The Star Chamber Show podcast on blogtalk radio!

Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your wonderful work?

Blog – http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Facebook author pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Twitter –http://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K

Goodreads –  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with the Darkly Delightful Wendy Potocki!

Published May 31, 2014 by glgiles

Wendy Potocki lives and writes in NYC. If that isn’t scary enough, she writes in the genre of horror. She feels creating good horror is an art form. She religiously devotes herself to pursuing it over hill and dale — and in the crevices of her keyboard.

Named one of the Top Ten “New” Horror Authors by Horror Novel Reviews, she has seven self-published novels. Book trailers for many of her works may be found on her official website http://www.wendypotocki.com/. Her newest frightmare is THRILL. It’s a non-stop chillfest and has been attracting a lot of attention. Her next planned projects are The Witch’s Stone, The Virgin, and ZaSo, a Gothic tale of horror. Please subscribe to her mailing list for updates and giveaway information.

http://bicameralwriting.wordpress.com/join-my-mailing-list/

In her spare time, she loves to go for long walks, drink Starbucks Apple Chai Lattes, make devotional offerings to her cat named Persephone and be stilled by the grace, beauty and magic of ballet” (Amazon).

 

 

 

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You recently held a successful event/giveaway on Facebook, et cetera. Please tell readers about it, and do you plan on having another one this year? Or, in 2015?

Yes, I hosted a fantastic event entitled The Danse Macabre Giveaway. Here’s the link to it on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/436950353115235/

The event was centered around my paranormal mystery called Black Adagio. The book combines horror and ballet into a scary, suspense-filled thriller.  I had a number of brilliantly insane authors participate and give away free copies of their books. I also gave away book swag, t-shirts and skull necklaces. Since skeletons feature prominently in Black Adagio, skulls fit perfectly into the theme.

Yes, I am planning on hosting a new giveaway come October. It’ll be called Halloweenpalooza II. I hosted Halloweenpalooza I last year, and it was so much fun that I decided to do it again. Last year, the participating authors wrote blogs on their scariest paranormal experience. We got some great stories. This year we’re back with another theme. I’m not going to say any more about it other than Halloweenpalooza II will be bigger and better. Here’s a link to the Halloweenpalooza I blog:

http://halloweenpalooza.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloweenpalooza-31-days-of-halloween.html

And Halloweenpalooza I Official Event page on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/events/164385847097718/

The links will give the readers that didn’t attend a chance to sample what you’re in for if you do join our next party. And please read the blog. Some of the personal experiences with ghosts and the supernatural are mind bending! I had no idea I’d get that kind of response, but the authors were very forthcoming in dishing up true encounters.

I was happy to have been included in your event—with the group of “brilliantly insane authors!” *cue crazy-sauce laughter here* Plus, I know that you and I share a love and respect for felines. My cats are certainly some of my muses. Is your cat, Persephone, one of yours?

Of course! Cats provide the perfect dichotomy needed to write. By that I mean, they’re very grounding, but in giving us sure footing, they allow us to soar. I use this unique combination to my advantage. When writing, I constantly glance over at my Persephone. The sight of her all curled up on the couch or kitty condo (yes, she does have her own carpet-covered home inside the one I provide for her), centers me. It gives me a pleasure that all is right in the world, and the relaxation derived from that sense of well-being is used as momentum to get back to work and stop ogling my beautiful furball.

I do have an upcoming series of books where Persephone comes out of the shadows and onto centerstage, but that’s all I’ll say about it right now. Persephone, honey, I’m gonna make you a star!

Can’t wait to read that series! Please tell readers about the wonderful work that the Golden Paw Society of NY is doing to help rescue animals. And, where can readers go to learn more about the Golden Paw Society?

So happy you asked me about this! *drags over soapbox*

Golden Paw Society of NY is a rescue organization that I’ve come to know through Facebook. The have a unique positioning and I believe their mission statement says it all. It is: www.goldenpawsociety.org — GPS: Helping Shelter Cats Find Their Way Into Forever Homes.

To break that down, it means that every few weeks they perform something called “Shelter Runs.” It involves members of GPS going to municipal shelters and pulling animals that have either been housed there for too long a time or that are at risk in terms of being euthanized or succumbing to untreated health issues.

Can I tell you that these Shelter Runs are my favorite times of the month? I get so delighted and have kicked in a few dollars to aid them in getting these abandoned kitties (and sometimes dogs), out of harm’s way. They always post pictures of the animals rescued on these runs. You can find many those pictured on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/goldenpawsociety/info.

The other thing I love about Golden Paw is that they’re very proactive in posting updates so you can see the before and after shots of these rescues. The difference a little love, nutrition and needed medical treatment make is astonishing. These animals flourish and blossom in such short periods of time. Once the animal reaches a state of good health, they’re put up for adoption … and here’s where the real magic comes in. I simply love, admire and respect the matches Golden Paw makes. I don’t know how they do it, but they do not put the animal through the trauma of giving them to just anyone who asks. The process is way more selective and they seem to weed out those who would only dump the animal after a few weeks. Instead, the matches made are solid, lasting, and, yes, forever! There are tons of updates on the little furballs in their new homes after a few weeks, months and years of arrival! These animals have found safe, loving homes and people who care. For me, that’s what it’s all about!

Four paws up for Golden Paw Society of NY! They’re the best of the bestest!

 

So AWESOME! Please go into more detail about helping our canine friends, too. Please tell readers about the wonderful work that the Big Dog Ranch Rescue is doing. And, where can readers go to learn more about the Big Dog Ranch Rescue?

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is another organization I found through Facebook. Here’s a link to their page:

https://www.facebook.com/bigdogranchrescue

I admire BDRR for the same reasons I do GPS. BDRR is also very transparent. They post pictures of new arrivals as well as after shots of the dog once it’s been cleaned up and fed decent food for a few days. Because you get to bond with the dog in this way, it’s very emotional when they announce the dog has been adopted! It’s always accompanied by a nice picture of the new family with their new four-pawed baby. Often these families will send BDRR photos of how the dog is adjusting to having a home. Usually it’s very well. Who wouldn’t like their own space, tons of love and good food? Then there’s the couch privileges! Pictures of the dogs sprawled out on their doggie bed or going for a walk on the beach for the first time are so precious! I love that BDRR makes such great matches. In fact, I love that GPS and BDR make such successful matches so much so that put together a video that pays tribute to them and all organizations that show compassion and kindness to our four-pawed friends! Here’s the video for those that are interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTvgI5xFy78

That’s great…thanks for sharing! Switching gears, when were you named one of the ‘Top Ten New Horror Authors’ by Horror Novel Reviews? Congratulations, by the way!

Thank you! It was quite the honor. I had run across Horror Novel Reviews while web surfing. I loved the site so I read their review policy. I decided to go ahead and send my chiller-diller THE MAN WITH THE BLUE HAT to them, but was unsure if they’d even review it. Believe me, I would have been happy with only that.

Well, a few weeks later, I’m on Twitter and I see a tweet from Matt Molgaard of Horror Novel Reviews and it’s directed at me. I RT’d it. I automatically RT these kind of things so I hadn’t really digested what the tweet was about. I guess I just assumed it was about the review. I went off of Twitter and was opening my email when I did a double take. I’m guessing the morning coffee kicked in at that point! Sometimes it takes a while. Anyway, it was like … duh! What did that tweet say? I scrambled back to Twitter and looked through my Notifications and sure enough, the tweet was something about me being named one the Top Ten New Horror Authors. I was like … wha’?!!! So I punch in the link to Horror Novel Reviews and find the article and … *drum roll* … I’m in it! Yes, there I am named as one of the Ten Best of the 2013. I can’t tell you the thrill that elicited, and the carpet still bears traces of my happy dance.

How many novels have you written? And, are they all classified as horror reads?

I’ve written over ten novels, seven of which can be classified as horror. The others are written under pen names. They include mysteries and fantasy thrillers.

I’d also like to state that although the seven books (THRILL, Black Adagio, The Man with the Blue Hat, Adduné: The Vampire’s Game, Adduné: The House of Cards, The White Lady Murders and The Horns of September) tuck into the horror genre, some do cross over into other categories. For instance, Black Adagio neatly fits into paranormal mystery. Also Black Adagio and my latest frightmare THRILL are suitable for both Adult and YA audience. I don’t write for YA’s, but it just worked out that way.

I know that I’ve been reading a lot about “narrative flow” recently. So, how important do you think it is to good storytelling?

It’s everything. If you don’t have a flow, you don’t have a book—you only have an idea or outline for a book. It’s like comparing a bunch of dots to a drawing where the dots are connected. By drawing that stick figure, the picture begins to emerge. But compare that stick figure to a finished painting.  There’s quite a difference—a depth that adds richness and complexity. It’s in the shading, use of nuances and colors that the true beauty comes into focus and can be considered art and it’s the same with the written word.

I’ve always written to a rhythm that runs through my head when penning a tale. No one told me to do this, it came naturally to me. I don’t know if it’s because of my dance background that this happened, but each story I write has its own unique tempo. Therefore, the way I write each story is different and adheres to this pace.

I experimented with this rhythm in Adduné: The House of Cards. It’s the second book in my vampire trilogy. In one chapter, I literally choreographed the words and action to a song. I must have written that passage over at least thirty or forty times until I got the timing right and the crescendo matched the one in the music.  I was so happy that I nailed it. When I read the final version, I cheered and knew it was worth the effort.

I love that musical connection. So, what’s in the works for the rest of 2014?

Right now, I’m in the midst of editing a new frightmare. It’s called Trillingham and can’t wait to publish it. I hope to have it released this summer. After that, it’s back to working on the third and final entry in the Adduné vampire trilogy. The Reckoning will complete the tale begun with The Vampire’s Game and continued in The House of Cards. The Reckoning has a very complicated storyline and I’m taking my time in getting it right. I am making sure all the questions are answered and that Miranda Perry’s journey into the dark world of vampires leaves readers glad that they were part of the adventure.

Where can readers go to connect with you (social networking sites, blog, et cetera)?

Oh, cheesh! Where can’t they find me? I’m all over social media!

They can twitter me at @WPotocki. They can also find me on Facebook so please show me some love and like my page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Potocki-Author/100285326834525?ref=hl

I have several blogs:

http://bicameralwriting.wordpress.com/

http://legendofthingsonsticks.wordpress.com/

http://wendypotocki.wordpress.com/

I also have a mailing list that you can join so you won’t miss out on anything.

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I love to hear from readers, so don’t be shy. And thank you, Gia, for allowing me this opportunity!

My pleasure! Love what you’re about!

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Day Three of WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) for Free! It’s Currently #3 in YA Horror (Free in Kindle Store)…

Published November 29, 2013 by glgiles

Thanks so much to those who’ve downloaded it, and it’s still free till midnight tonight (Friday 11/29/13). Plus, great fun seeing how much I could rhyme in the tagline. 😉

Here’s the link to pick up your free copy (and please tell your friends, too):  http://www.amazon.com/Water-Vamps-young-adult-adventure-ebook/dp/B00E26616K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

http://www.amazon.com/Water-Vamps-young-adult-adventure-ebook/dp/B00E26616K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

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WVFDD (WATER VAMPS Free Download Day) Has Arrived! :)

Published November 27, 2013 by glgiles

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Actually, it’s a free download for the next three days at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Vamps-young-adult-adventure-ebook/dp/B00E26616K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

So, please download a copy, if interested, and tell your friends & fiends. 🙂

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles

If You’re Tired of Tofurky or Other Caloric Thanksgiving Food, Then There’ll Be a ‘Virtual Feast’ Waiting for Your Literary Palate…

Published November 21, 2013 by glgiles

because WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) will be a Free Kindle Book (Wed., Nov. 27 through Sat., Nov.30)! So, at that time, you can download your FREE copy here (it’s usually $2.99): http://www.amazon.com/Water-Vamps-young-adult-adventure-ebook/dp/B00E26616K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

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Plus, other BlackWyrm Free kindle books to be given away on 11/27-11/30 are:

Albrim’s Curse
Baour
Bent Creek
Branwen’s Garden
Burning the Middle Ground
Circle of Prey
Dark Halo
Dream Stone
Eyes of Sandala
Gemini’s War
Immortal Betrayal
Incarnate
Iron Fist
Legends of Darkness
Man in the Box
Meddlers
Medic
Misadventures of a Country Girl
Nakba
Ogre Stories
Order of the White Guard
Past Lives
Rainbow Connection
Seasons of Death
Starcrossed
Thieves of Genesis
Trajan’s Arch
Vast White
Vine
Wisdom of Weng Shu
Yard Sale

These will be free downloads from Wednesday through Saturday, 
encompassing the Thanksgiving holiday.