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Only 7 Years in the Making~~~

Published September 16, 2018 by glgiles

“Humor, Horror and Whatnot:  An Adult Collection” has been released~~~

It’s available here.

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles

 

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So much fun being interviewed by the lovely ladies of the “Killer Queens” podcast!

Published October 20, 2015 by glgiles

You can listen to it here.

Interview with the Founder of Target Audience Magazine: Ellen Eldridge!

Published May 26, 2014 by glgiles

 

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Ellen Eldridge embodies the characteristics of a contemporary Renaissance woman by successfully juggling many enterprises with both seeming ease and finesse. She’s a journalist, Editor-in-Chief at Target Audience Magazine (check out the May Issue here ) brand ambassador, writer, a wonderful mother to two small children, a wife, et cetera! To learn more about her and her work, or to contact her, visit her LinkedIn site here and TAM’s Facebook page here.  Besides interviewing and reviewing bands, visual artists, authors, etc., “Target Audience Magazine is a resource for creative entrepreneurs to manage their businesses” (TAM Facebook). 

Besides being the founder (and EIC) of Target Audience Magazine, you’re also EIC at Talon Magazine and the Lifestyle Writer at Cherokee Tribune! Awesome accomplishments! *tips hat* How would you like to see each of these publications grow in the next few years? 

I’ve been building Target Audience Magazine as a marketing magazine for artistic entrepreneurs since 2007, but in 2012 I went back to school for a second bachelor’s degree. I earned a bachelor’s in psychology, but wanted to hone my journalism skills so I started working toward a journalism degree at Kennesaw State University, and I got involved with student media. Talon is the university’s student feature magazine. Additionally, I picked up an internship at Marietta Daily Journal, one of the biggest newspapers in Georgia, for the summer of 2014. So, my vision for TAM remains to continue to service the niche community of artists not only worldwide via the Internet but also to those in north Georgia.

How do you manage being a professional powerhouse AND a great mother? 

I wouldn’t call myself a “professional powerhouse,” but I balance everything carefully and constantly re-evaluate my decisions concerning my priorities. I didn’t have children to have someone else raise them, so the balance between working to provide for their future and their current needs is a constant struggle. The easiest way to answer this question is to make it widely known that without my husband I would be nothing. He works as a guitar teacher in private music stores so his hours involve working in the afternoons to late evenings (and weekends). I generally get the mornings to attend classes. My mother has been helping with the kids more now that I’m working about 32 hours a week at the newspaper. Everything else (writing, running TAM and such) must get done while the kids are with me, so writing can be done, but it’s tough. I often feel like I’m not a great mother, but I do my best.

How has the ‘advanced social media management’ of HootSuite helped you? 

HootSuite is great because I can use it to not only schedule posts but also track campaigns for clients as well as my various accounts. I made great use of HootSuite University, and its lessons helped me become more knowledgeable as a social media manager for private clients. More marketing strategy goes into social media (when done properly) than many people realize. HootSuite recognized my efforts in teaching social media after I won a grant for Society of Professional Journalists to teach social media using HootSuite University, so I am now a “brand ambassador,” meaning I advocate publicly on behalf of the brand.

I know that I like running my blog as a ‘Variety Show’ of sorts—by showcasing artistic works (of all kinds) which I’m naturally attracted to. It seems to me that TAM does much of the same with great musicians, writers and visual artists interviewed, reviewed, et cetera. And, you and your crew also attend and cover many live events, too. Are they live events in and around Atlanta only?   

Target Audience Magazine seeks to help artists both by featuring them and by helping writers and photographers build their resumes. We cover live events mostly in Atlanta, but have covered events nationwide. The issues that we publish contain articles focused on the marketing aspects of being in business as an artist, musician, writer etc. So, yes, we cover all things artistic globally, but seek to inspire locally and grow communities of artists who can network and increase sales.

Where did your appreciation for music, the ‘indie movement’, visual art, literature, etc. begin? 

I’ve been a writer since I was able to hold a pen upright. I’ve been writing stories and learning about the things that make us human as I studied psychology and business. My sister is an illustrator and my husband teaches and plays guitar professionally so I’ve just always been inspired by the arts. My friends have always been artistic. Music, art and literature have gotten me through the darkest of times—both through indulging in music and through writing—I want to inspire artists everywhere to be successful at the business side of being artistic so generations to come will pursue the arts.

I had the pleasure of reviewing your book of poetry titled “Beyond the Eyes” here. Have you had any time to work on your own writing recently? Any future books planned? 

I’ve recently remembered how much I love writing. I’ve been unable to write much of the creative nonfiction genre works that I mean to. I hope now that my kids are a bit older (3 and 1), I can let them play more on their own with legos, crayons and blocks so that I can get back to writing. We’ll see how it goes.  I plan to try to get more essay work published rather than attempt books. If I work with poetry again, it will be a children’s book, where I will invite my sister, Cyan Jenkins, to illustrate.

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

During the summer, my internship writing for Marietta Daily Journal takes most of the week, but I have a private client for whom I manage a blog and social media. I also plan to publish issues of Target Audience Magazine June 1, August 1 and October 1 this year (we are as of June slowing to once every two months). In addition to that, I plan to publish Talon Magazine mid-July, early August and in October. So, I have a ton on my plate. Not to mention, I’m campaigning for a campus representative position on the national board of Society of Professional Journalists. The election occurs during our Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville Sept. 4-6. Wish me luck, and if you’re a member of SPJ, please vote for me digitally (you don’t have to be at the conference to vote)!

 

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Interview with Author David Scott Pointer!

Published May 4, 2014 by glgiles

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David Scott Pointer’s forthcoming horror poetry book is entitled “Beyond Shark Tag Bay,” and it will be sold online at “Blurb Books.” He’s also recently had children’s poems included in a charity anthology entitled “Bleed” which will help raise funds for a children’s cancer ward in New York. Moreover, he’s a frequent contributor to his local homelessness newspaper in Nashville. A paper which lets the vendors keep the profits in order to try and improve their situations. He was also published in “Battlespace,” a military science fiction anthology. The book is sold at Amazon.com to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project.” Other publications he’s been a part of are: “Tales of the Combat Zone,” “Blue Streak,” “Proud to Be: Writings By American Warriors, Volumes I & II,” “Stone Canoe,” and others. In addition, he’s written social justice/political poetry for many years and was asked to serve on the advisory panel at “Writing For Peace,” in 2012. This group teaches young people 13-19 how to write for world peace. And, recently he’s had pieces accepted at Horrified Press, Thirteen Press, Barbwire Butterfly Press and James Ward Kirk Fiction. It’s been my pleasure following his Facebook posts here.

Q. How have your degrees of Criminal Justice/Psychology and Sociology directly and/or indirectly influenced your work? Please give examples.

A. I arrived in the college creative writing class with a certain worldview already in-place. I was interested in writing about social and economic justice and related topics. So, I noticed the corporate influence or hegemony that had already sanitized poetry and narrowed the definition of what was good or highly awarded literature. I had just finished a tour as a Marine military policeman before entering college, so I wanted to know more about how the world really worked at all levels. The above listed fields of study were just a partial starting point for expanding my complexity horizon about the world. Later I hoped this “expanded vision” could be reduced down to make small pieces of “art.” Here is an example that I feel is representative of the spirit of my work. It appeared in “Dreaded Legacies” anthology published by Editor George Wilhite formerly with “Static Movement” now a founding editor of “Thirteen Press.” Poet Stephanie Hiteshew told me that she thought this poem was my best one.
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-Dedicated to Mrs. Virginia
Foster in Memoriam

Look, I didn’t bring you here to remember the
Fine glow on my grandmother’s Mason jars,
Nor do I have any pardon-me dwarf day lilies
To pass out like bottled water after the poem.
The amputated extremities of my well wishers
Are wrapped and refrigerated in the mind’s
Morgue of memory, and so it is with Mrs.
Foster’s unexamined crash file, unautopsied
In images so bleak I can’t measure the
Neurotoxicity in each dreaming night since:
I met the widowed Elephant woman, Mrs.
Foster at 12-B Bradshaw Drive in 1973,
She had swollen purple lollipop fingers
Soothing her children’s daily lives, had
Happy clacker-style clapping hands
When kid’s played housing project baseball
With house fire hot singles and homeruns,
With crowdlessness overcome by her
Generous encouragement. In 1991, I
Learned she had previously adorned
Perfect high school attendance (1948-1952).
And that a silver-plated plaque (retroactive)
Commemorated this iconic school event.
What had those hallway years been for her?
Perhaps, like a horror movies hospitality
Committee her classmates cometh and down
Gauntlets of goodwill she went four years
Club-foot steppingly faster until her diploma
Bloomed with delivery. Had she learned to
Circumnavigate the nonviolence of smiles
Better than the blue heron at Stones River,
Lifting, low still over the gladiator water lilies,
Better than the struggling bank robber’s son
Who would one day shoot for this poem-
Who could come down hills from his own
School faster than a Lakota kid riding winter
On a buffalo-rib sled slicing past the first
Fists of social class exclusion, lifting
Low still over the rocket red larkspur
Her luminous smile rouge-cheek-red
Honoring the children rowdy over bases or
Royal with romp-n-chomp summer recess.
Look, Mrs. Foster’s inner spirit was as the
Moon’s glow on my mother’s favorite music box.

Q. How did you come to be affiliated with “Writing For Peace?”

A. The President and Founder of Writing For Peace, Mrs. Carmel Mawle, sent me an email asking me to consider serving on her advisory panel that teaches young people ages 13-19 how to write for world peace. She has seen some of my work in the small press over time. That was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me. I was also honored to join-in the 10th Anniversary online edition of Poets Against The War that included poets such as Sam Hamill and W.S. Merwin among many fine others.
http://writingforpeace.org/commemorating-ten-years-of-poetic-resistance-paw-post-no-4/

Q. Which of your works was included in the science fiction anthology titled “Battlespace?”

A. Battlespace: A Military Science Fiction Anthology included a micro-fiction story entitled “Special Aptitudes and Space Sensibilities.” This anthology helps to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project” that pays for musical instruments, lessons, supplies and repairs for veterans involved in the healing process. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615665225/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Q. Your children’s poems were included in the charity anthology entitled “Bleed.” Which poems and why are they relevant?

A. Two poems were included. This is a “horror anthology” for children. One poem is an untitled Haiku/Senryu style and the other one is entitled “Bumper Car Bandit.” Both poems brought hope or humor. Lori Michele edited this collection that was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I’ve heard that the response has been very positive. http://www.amazon.com/Bleed-Lori-Michelle/dp/0988748886/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Q. Please tell us more about “Beyond Shark Tag Bay.” Available in Spanish and English, correct? Will it be available in other languages, too?

A. This was the first time that I had ever received an affirmative response for a collection that included a foreign language. I hope that there will be other collections with different languages in the future. “Beyond Shark Tag Bay” is an attempt to let speculative readers have as much enjoyment as I’ve had in past years. It attempts to go further than a lot of other collections have gone while still being understandable. Once again, I got to work with artist Justin Jackley and I loved the front and back covers of the book. I don’t know yet if anyone will translate it into more languages. http://www.blurb.com/b/5236075-beyond-shark-tag-bay#comments

Q. Switching gears, do you believe that writers should constantly be evolving—even insofar as to challenge oneself by writing in new genres—or that it’s better to just concentrate on one genre ’til one’s work is more or less perfected?

A. I guess every writer will determine that for him/herself? I have known writers who basically write the same poem over and over with the same subject matter. I enjoy many areas and writing about different things. I want to keep evolving and exploring new ground. If familiar terrain pops up at the end of the ink pen that is fine, too.

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

A. I have a lot of things on the horizon. I have work accepted in “The Great Gatsby” anthology at “Silver Birch Press,” “Blues Form” anthology at “Red Paint Hill Publishing,” multiple anthologies at “James Ward Kirk Publishing,” “Silent Fray” and many others. Also many other places that I am waiting to hear from. I am waiting for the chapbook “Bookmobile” from Crisis Chronicles Press and a re-release of “MPs, Snipers and Crime” from “Writing Knights Press” to be sold on the amazon.com website. I don’t know yet what I will try for next in chapbook or book form beyond that.

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

A. My email is dspointer@hotmail.com. I keep a site on Facebook and get on “Twitter” every once in a while. A “Google” search for “David S. Pointer” in quotes should pull up quite a bit of poetry-related information.
I’d like to thank Gia Lee Giles for taking the time to interview me about my work. I’d also like to thank all the editors, publishers and readers. Have a blessed day with a dark speculative vibe if you are that way inclined. All the best in future word worlds.

GLG: Thanks, David! Appreciated. And, Bright Blessings to you!

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***Like a hidden track on a CD, here’s a final poem for your reading pleasure!

Interview with Author Deanna Anderson/Lynn Anders!

Published April 19, 2014 by glgiles

Deanna Anderson “is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction titles, but she is most known for her titles “Magick for the Kitchen Witch” and “Magick for the Elemental Witch.” She has written a variety of key-word articles on the internet, and currently contributes regularly to “Circle Sanctuary” Magazine and has a column about wildflowers in “Lakeside” Magazine.
Married and the mom of two daughters, when she is not writing she enjoys hiking and camping.
For more information on any of Deanna’s titles visit her site at http://andersondeanna.weebly.com” https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3087113.Deanna_L_Anderson.

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GL: So great to be ‘e-viewing’ you, Deanna! I have been a fan of you and your work for quite some time now. So, I feel free to begin with a couple of ‘easy’ questions. What do you consider the basic ingredients in creating a compelling short story? And, please give specific examples from some of your work in “Unputdownable Tales of Terror.”

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DA: The best basic ingredients for short stories is really only one ingredient, IMO: grab the reader’s attention! You have limited space and words to really grab their attention whereas a novel can slowly build up to the climax and conclusion. I guess also “keep the reader guessing” is another ingredient. As you know, I am a fan of Poe and O’Henry and both writers keep you wondering and guessing until the end. In fact, O’Henry is the “king” of twisting a story at the very end and totally changing the reader’s perspective. I do that in “Fate is a Funny Thing.” It seems to be going one way, and then twists drastically at the end. The same with “Kidnapped!” Reader’s will think they know what is going on but will be surprised at the end.

GL: We had the good fortune of having numerous book signing events together at Waldenbooks before it closed shop. There are some, especially those catering to a more genre-specific market it seems, brick and mortar bookstores still doing well in this day and age. So, what do you think the future holds for brick and mortar bookstores? Where have you signed in 2013 and 2014 (so far)?

DA: I hope brick and mortar stores stick around, I think there will always be some who prefer to shop that way and I’d like to see them make a come-back and have a balance between the two (online and physical stores). In 2013 I didn’t sign at very many places…did the Author Fair at my local library as well as signed at a Pagan Unity Day in Charleston SC but that was all. In 2014 so far I have signed at the Author Fair at the library, a Gypsy Fest sponsored by Shimmy Mob of Sumter, and have scheduled a Wine and Sign in Folly Beach which will showcase almost 20 authors and there will be wine and cheese tastings. I am also scheduled to sign at Spiritual Unity Day in Anderson, and plan to sign up for Pagan Pride Day in Greenville and Pagan Unity Day in Charleston. Really, it’s just events and festivals I am signing at now.

GL: I have enjoyed reading your book entitled “365 Tarot Activities.” How do you define cartomancy?

DA: Cartomancy is any divination system using cards of any type and this includes regular decks (sometimes referred to as standard or poker decks), Oracle cards, and Tarot cards.

GL: In “365 Tarot Activities,” you offer readers multiple ways to use the tarot—in fact, for more than just readings. So, that makes your book different from many out there. What are some of the other ways it differs?

DA: I offer prompts, activities, and such to help reader’s work and connect with the cards. Instead of telling readers what the Two of Cups means, I show them how to develop their own meaning for it through writing key words, phrases or interpretations. I also show how the cards can be used in so many ways other than the basic readings we all come to think of as being associated with Tarot. It also differs in that there are ways to use the book in groups or classroom-style instruction.

GL: Many readers are familiar with the Rider-Waite deck, but you have incorporated other types. How did you go about incorporating them as well?

DA: I tried to keep the prompts and activities generic so that they’d fit all styles of Tarot cards but also to incorporate how to use this book for oracle decks.

GL: Which cards make up the Minor Arcana in the RWS deck?

DA: A typical RWS deck or RWS based deck has four suits: pentacles, wands, swords, cups (although the names may differ) and these go from numbers 1-10 (known as the Pip cards). Then there are four court cards in each suit: Page, Knight, Queen, King. All of the Minor Arcana represent psychical realms, tangible things, and the courts might be the people in our lives.

GL: Which cards make up the Major Arcana in the RWS deck?

DA: Made up of twenty-two card starting with number 0 up to twenty-one these cards are: 0 the Fool; 1 The Magician; 2 High Priestess; 3 Empress; 4 Emperor; 5 Heirophant; 6 Lovers; 7 Chariot; 8 Justice; 9 Hermit; 10 Wheel of Fortune; 11 Strength; 12 Hanged Man; 13 Death; 14 Temperance’ 15 Devil; 16 Tower; 17 Star; 18 Moon; 19 Sun’ 20 Judgment; 21 The World. They have esoteric or allegorical meaning and indicate the spiritual realm.

GL: How do Oracle cards differ from the RWS deck and/or RWS-influenced decks?

DA: Tarot decks are made up of suits made up of elements and typically have a Major and Minor Arcana whereas Oracle have no suits and may not be based on the elements at all.

GL: How do decks based on the Tarot de Marseilles differ from decks based on RWS?

DA: Basically, the Tarot de Marseilles is simply from a different country of origin (France) and some of the Major Arcana are different. For example, the Fool has no number and comes at the end of the series. The death card is often unnamed, and the Tower card is sometimes called The House of God. The imagery is also different in style. You can see what I mean on Wikipedia.

GL: I loved your “Top 20 Tarot Myths” section. LOL! What are some of your personal ‘favorites’?

DA: Sleeping with a deck under your pillow helps you connect with it. As I said in the book, sleeping with a math book under my pillow doesn’t help me learn math…I need to open the book, read it, study it, and practice it.

Of course always the “evil” myths about how Tarot is evil, causes death, opens portals, the usual gamut of silliness. If Tarot cards–which are pretty pictures on pieces of paper–can cause these events then what would happen if we walked into an art gallery?! lol

GL: What’s on the horizon (signings-wise, et cetera)?

DA: Well, I already listed my signings earlier and fans can always keep up with everything on my author website http://andersondeanna.weebly.com. As for writing, I want to re-release my other two Pagan books “Magick for the Kitchen Witch” and “Magick for the Elemental Witch” this year as well as work on “Magick for the Homesteading Witch.”

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

DA: In addition to my website I can be found at:

Twitter: @deannanderson
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3087112.Deanna_L_Anderson
Amazon: amazon.com/author/deannaanderson
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/DeannaAnderson

Reader’s can go to my website andersondeanna.weebly.com and purchase autographed copies of “365 Tarot Activities” via Paypal, and they are on sale right now for $10.00. After April 30th, 2014 the price goes up to $15.00. Or non-autographed copies can be bought at Amazon.

Thanks! It has been great being e-viewed by you again and I hope we get to work or sign together in the very near future!

GL: Me, too, Deanna! xoxo

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Interview with the Lovely Sophia DiGonis (AKA ‘The Gypsy Poet’)

Published October 22, 2013 by glgiles

Sophia E. DiGonis (AKA ‘The Gypsy Poet’) is truly a multi-talented woman. She’s a piano teacher, composer, poet, radio personality, model and both an interviewer and reviewer for Punk Globe Magazine.

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GL:  Great to have you here, Sophia! Let’s start off with you telling readers about your show and your goal of taking it to Broadway. 

TGP: Okay! Let’s talk–A friend of mine named Jeff Sibley is working on a show on Broadway and his manager had asked him to invite friends from across the country to join him in reading for a crowd and with that, I let him know that I am working on a script called ” Poetry from Lady Angela’s Place” which is a one-woman show about taking problems and turning them into poetry. Each poem is a character and each character gets a moment to speak their part. I have been working for years on this concept, and it’s finally coming to fruition! It’s called “Poems From Lady Angela’s Place” What it is, is each poem represents a character from this fictional bar I created based on a short story collection and it’s about a number of characters that turn their problems into poetry.  Each character represents some aspect of my life that I have dealt with. 

“Lady Angela’s Place” may be a fictional bar, but it’s a place of salvation and sanctuary where people can escape for a bit and turn their lives around.  This one-woman show is based off of the poetry of the two books I wrote and published—plus, in other journals and online material where my work can be found. 

GL:  Please tell readers about your books:  “Mysterium” and “A Voice Over Time.”

TGP:  A Voice Over Time was first started as a project that was suggested by a friend of mine on MySpace. She caught my work on a page and she asked me, “Why aren’t you published?” And I said, “I don’t have the means to do it!” And she got info from her brother-in-law who I totally give thanks to, as he suggested Lulu.com. This was in 2007. I really enjoyed putting this book together because it made me see how much I wrote and my evolution as a person and a poet. There are pieces I dedicated to lost family members and it was a catharsis to put those works in there as a way to remember and at the same time, let go. That’s why it’s called by that title. Our thoughts and memories are an open door for those that have passed on, and those thoughts are a way, if anything, for them to look in and know they are honored. It’s about life, memories, and a sense of understanding even where I am now and where I am going. The title is also about how we can reach beyond our physical limits if we take the time to understand that, too. 

Mysterium is more about tapping into the dark, and tapping into the inside. This one is about understanding the need for discomfort and stepping out of that comfort zone to find out who one really is– this includes me, too. I don’t like to be ‘boxed’ in, or pigeon-holed, (Good God, I CAN’T STAND THAT!) The point of this book is to celebrate diversity, what makes us what and who we are, some of us legends, some of us just people. Though, part of it is a continuation of A Voice Over Time, here, I explore even a little bit more of the dark side of the moon as well as finding out what keeps a star shining, literal and metaphorical.  The cover design is thanks to Donny Morrow, he knew what I was looking for.  Both books are in major retailers online. 

GL: You’re a poet, interview host (for Punk Globe Magazine), a model, a student, a teacher and a good friend. How do you find the time to do all the things mentioned? Please elaborate and feel free to add whatever I missed as well. LOL

TGP: First of all, it’s because I am all of that at once. What it boils down to is I am me when I get up in the morning and everything I do is a PASSION. Punk Globe for me, is a huge passion because I can let loose!!!! Oh, MY GOD I love writing for Punk Globe because it is a different genre and atmosphere! It’s ruthless, bright and rebellious! It’s my dynamite and Ginger Coyote is the source of the fire! She seriously awakened my love for it and there is an energy about the magazine that I just love and with that, has awakened in other aspects of my life, too. My teaching style has changed because of it and in other aspects. I feel like a butterfly emerging from her cocoon!  

As for teaching, I teach music, piano to kids and they love it. It’s a gift for life, literally. Even if they don’t end up playing the instrument, they leave with a sense of attention to details and patience. That’s always an awesome thing! 

Being a student, I currently attend Texas A&M San Antonio, which is an amazing place to be. I’m discovering more of the researcher I am as well as the poetry and I am learning to incorporate them really well. 

The modeling is something I do for my friends who are photographers. Three of the most amazing photographers are Gonzalo Pozo, Marisa Hernandez and Dominic Macias. They have absolutely amazing skills and I’m always happy to give them the best subject matter I can. 

The Piano is an instrument that has dominated my life. I usually can’t go without practicing each day and it sets the mood for the rest of the day.  Chopin is erotic and Beethoven is brilliantly moody. 

On Sundays, I run my own radio show, called Gypsy Poet Radio, with my co-host Girl George, who is feisty, explosive and dynamic. Her trademark giggle just keeps the show going and she is quite entertaining, too, and the guests call in and tell amazing stories. They are what make the show happen! 

This is also why I’m known as “The Gypsy Poet” because I do all of this and I am open to everything.  All of this stems also from my heritage. I’m a first-gen Greek, I speak, read, write, breathe and eat Greek… (LOL!)… Because of my heritage, I taught myself to be open because I love, understand and embrace cultures of all kinds and even the Greek culture has undergone evolution for over thousands of years, going from the belief system of the Pantheon to being believers and defenders of Christ. I’m not afraid of change, because even my root culture undergoes that, too. 

GL:  Besides writing lyrics, you actually compose the melodies, too, correct? 

TGP:  YES! I can write and produce melodies very easily. In fact, my Bachelor’s degree is in musical composition which means I can write and arrange music for even a symphony orchestra if necessary. 

GL:  Have you composed film scores and/or soundtracks? 

TGP:  Yes, I have, actually! And last October, I did a film called “Manchester High: If These Lockers Could Talk” which is on IMDb. It’s a short film about high school situations and it was premiered and featured at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas as well as the NAMI conference held in Austin, Texas. I loved the experience of film scoring and hope to do it again because that is what I wanted to do to begin with. All the other stuff just came along. 

GL:  What do you have on the horizon for the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014?  

TGP: A LOT, actually, I think that the doors are opening for anything that can happen, first of all, this gig on Broadway is on its way to becoming something of an adventure for me and I anticipate the reaction.  I think that I will keep writing and now music will be opening its doors as I am seeing that both music and poetry are getting some buzz on facebook, twitter and soundcloud and making sure that my voice gets heard and everything starts ROCKIN’! (My new favorite word!) 😉 

GL:  Where can readers go to connect with you and your wonderful work? ( social networking sites, etc.)

TGP:  Here we go!

Http://facebook.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://facebook.com/SophiaTheGypsyPoet

http://Soundcloud.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://Twitter.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://youtube.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://GypsyPoetRadio.blogspot.com 

http://Blogtalkradio.com/Gypsypoet 

 

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