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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

So LA Cover

 

Back of So LA

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Megacalories Were So Last Week! :)Check Out This Noncaloric #TastyTuesday Treat!

Published December 1, 2015 by glgiles

On a serious note, since it’s #GivingTuesday, this book I am happy to be included in would make a great gift, as it’s filled with ‘real life’ and ‘reel life’ stories. Plus, it also benefits the Reel Grrrls School. It’s titled “The Movie That Changed My Life,” and it’s available here.

And, pretty sure purchasing a copy will keep Krampus away this holiday season. 😉

 

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 a Sultry Screenwriter and Film Director: Staci Layne Wilson!

Published July 9, 2014 by glgiles

Staci Layne Wilson is a screenwriter and film director whose artistic muses often lead her into the Twilight Zone. Some of the places you can find her darkly delightful work:

Keepsakes Book Trailer – https://vimeo.com/87879097

Self Portraits Book Trailer – https://vimeo.com/88459015

Fetish Factory Film Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZyr2iuaiDE

“Keepsakes” on Amazon Kindle here.

“Keepsakes” Audio Book here.

Q. Sincera Alexander’s voice draws the listener in from the first word of the audiobook “Keepsakes.” I especially loved “Mood Ring.” How did you know that Sincera Alexander, KK Rider, Kurt Lambert and others would be perfect for the parts?

A. Thanks. “Mood Ring” is one of my favorite tales, too. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that objects can be imbued with evil… cursed, if you will. “Mood Ring” is a story that needed an unusually silky, sensuous voice, because the subject matter is highly seductive. Usually, I draw from my pool of talented friends and colleagues. But in this case, it had to be pretty specific so I sent out a public casting notice. You would be amazed at how many actors applied… whose voices were absolutely nothing like I’d specified in the casting notice! Instead of Barry White, I got a bunch of guys who sounded more like Betty White! Crazy. Fortunately, Sincera was one of the first actors to audition, and he nailed it. KK was the right choice for “Death-Sized”, because she’s got a snarky, plucky delivery which makes the dialogue really pop. She went the extra mile to learn a Cajun accent, and how to pronounce the provincial expressions I used in my writing. Although the story doesn’t take place in Louisiana, it’s all about happens when a tiny voodoo doll comes to life and has big, bad plans. Curt is an actor whom I’ve known socially for about a year – so, from listening to his hilarious impressions at parties, the way he quotes classic movie dialogue, and knowing he has a flair for the dramatic, I thought for sure he’d be great as the disturbed, disgruntled dental assistant who goes on a tooth-stealing spree. This story is especially tricky, because a lot of it is from the POV of an unlikable character. Thanks to Curt’s innate likability, you want to stick with him and see how it all ends.

Q. What was recording in KK Rider Studios like?

A. It was awesome. It’s actually a closet, but it’s all sound-proofed (mostly… it does happen to be near the Burbank Airport!) and KK has everything set up so we could access the stories on an iPad (no paper-rustles) and the actors could pause and record at will. (Sincera recorded his own story and sent it to me via email; and Leslie S. Osborne, who does the voice intros and outros on the audiobook, helped out with equalizing the sound and so on.) It was a great collaboration, getting all the little bits and pieces together to form one fun audiobook.

Q. Loved the “Self Portraits” Book Trailer with Egon, Leonor and Louis, so I’m looking forward to reading the novella. What made Diane Ayala Goldner, Andrew McGee, James R. Petix, Rochelle Moore and Camille Calvin the perfect casting choices?

A. Thank you! It’s not easy to cast actors who are based on real people – in this case, the spirits of surreal artists Egon Schiele, Leonor Fini, and Louis Wain were more interpretive than impersonated to the letter. Still, when you find the right actors some wonderful alchemy happens between what’s on the page and who’s in front of the camera. I’ve always had a knack for casting. I just kind of know who’s going to be right, and… I’m always right!

Q. Yes, Ma’am, you are! Awesome choices! “Keepsakes” is described as “a creepy novella…a triptych of tales focusing on three collectors of evil items–but which came first, the evil or the item?” Will the question be answered by the novella’s end?

A. What fun would that be? As Oscar Wilde famously said, “When a truth becomes fact, it loses all its intellectual value.” I love leaving things open for interpretation, and to provoke thought.

Q. I couldn’t agree more. You directed, shot and edited the book trailer for “Keepsakes.” How was it working with Brooke Lewis as ‘The Jewelry Collector,’ Mike Mendez as ‘The Tooth Collector’ and Alisa Burket as ‘The Doll Collector?’

A. They were wonderful. They are all my friends of many years, and so they stepped up to help me out. Brooke Lewis is a fabulous scream-queen and actress who’s usually cast in quite humorous parts, so it was a joy to see her seethe as an embodiment of evil. In the audiobook, her character is in the “Mood Ring” story. Mike Mendez, who’s a terrific horror and sci-fi film director (he did “Grave Dancers”, and the recent cult hit, “Big-Ass Spider”), provides the face to Curt Lambert’s voice as the creepy tooth-hoarder in “Misfortune Cookie”. Finally, Alisa Burket (a fabulous singer and songwriter), channels mystery and beauty as a doll collector. Not the same character KK reads in the audio book, but she exists in that same netherworld of “Death-Sized”.

Q. How was Mars of Dead House Music chosen for the score?

A. Again: I dipped into the deep well of my super-talented friends. I first met Mars when I was a journalist working for Horror.com. After I reviewed a film he did the score for back in in 2006 — and I noted that basically the only good thing about it was the music — he reached out to thank me and we became friends. We both love guitar-based rock, and synth film scores ala Goblin and Tangerine Dream. Mars has since scored nearly all my short films, and is currently working on the music for my feature-length directorial debut. The movie is called “Fetish Factory”, and it’s a sexy, saucy zom-com about burlesque dancers pitted against blood-thirsty zombies in Hollywood. He’s got amazing instincts, and he’s extremely dedicated to crafting the most striking theme to fit each scenario onscreen.

Q. What’s in the pipeline for the remainder of 2014?

A. We are in the editing room for “Fetish Factory”, of which I am very proud. I cannot wait to show it to everyone. It’s produced by up-and-comers Blanc-Biehn, so chances are good it will not only see the light of day — it’ll bask in it. Hopefully by Halloween, but there is no release date set as of yet. I’ve completed the script for “Fembot”, a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Biehn, and am about to begin on “The Lincoln”, a wild adventure which stars Jennifer Blanc and will also be directed by her. In other news, I’m novelizing a totally badass vampire comic book (as of now, I’m beholden to an NDA – can’t wait to share the good word in detail!).

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

A. Thanks for asking, Georgia. I’m pretty easy to find. Facebook/StaciWilson – Twitter/StaciWilson, and Instagram/StaciLayne

Thanks again, Staci. Always a great pleasure!

Interview with Author Staci Layne Wilson!

Published February 5, 2013 by glgiles

Staci Layne Wilson is a multi-faceted author (of both fiction and nonfiction books—check out her Amazon profile here:  http://www.amazon.com/Staci-Layne-Wilson/e/B000APKG4K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1). She’s also an entertainment reporter extraordinaire (she’s interviewed a truly diverse selection of celebrities—from Brad Pitt to Marilyn Manson!), cinephile (as an executive producer of “Inside Horror”), director and filmmaker.   

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Before I became a fan of Inside Horror and the videos you produced, I was first a fan of your books! Which e-books are you currently promoting?

Well, thanks for being a fan of Inside Horror! Elric and I really enjoy doing the show, and so much the better if other people like it too.

At the moment, I have my hands full with four books — previously published in paperback, rights reverted back to me in late 2012 — two nonfiction, two novels. The movie guides reference ghosts (“50 Years of Ghost Movies”) and animals (“Animal Movies Guide”). My other two are in the horror genre. (Makes sense, right?) They are now in e-editions, with snazzy new covers and updated to-the-minute.

How can readers go about gifting your e-books to friends—say for Valentine’s Day? Which of your books would be especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day?

On Amazon’s Kindle site, you can specify a book to a recipient, and on Smashwords — where the books are available in all downloadable formats, not just Kindle — you can go directly to my author page and just follow the bouncing ball. They’re only $2.99 and $3.99 a piece. Such a deal!

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/StaciLayneWilson

Best of all — breaking news, here! — on February 14, 2013 ONLY, for all readers who purchase “Dark Lullaby” (either through Amazon or Smashwords)… I will send them “50 Years of Ghost Movies” for free! All they have to do is let me know (drop me a line through my website, ExcessiveNuance.com) and voila! A free book.

Speaking of holidays, I can think of a couple that would be great for Halloween, too, or, for that matter, all-year long for the horror enthusiasts in our lives! But what would you recommend, and why?

People really seem to dig “Ghost Writer”, which is a darkly humorous Faustain tale. One of the best letters from a reader I ever got said, “I have just finished ‘Ghost Writer’ and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I don’t usually read horror (not since I was a kid reading James Herbert novels by torchlight under the bedclothes at night), so I was unsure whether I was going to like it, but instead of horror, I found I was reading a witty psychological thriller with a fantasy edge, and I loved it! Thank you.”

Were your nonfiction books, entitled “50 Years of Ghost Movies” and “Animal Movies Guide” (which you humorously describe as:  “The ultimate omnibus [this has been confirmed by independent lab testing] on critters in cinema…”), the result of your love of animals and ghosts—coupled with the knowledge you’d gleaned writing reviews for various publications?

You nailed it! (Nothing gets by you, does it?)

Thanks! Are you currently working on a new book project?  If so, then when can we look forward to it being released?

I have so very, very many irons in the fire. In addition to directing music videos and writing screenplays, I really-really-really want write a sequel to “Dark Lullaby”. It’s the only book of mine that got so much feedback from readers saying, “Will there be a sequel?”

My sexy rock ‘n roll vampires certainly deserve a rematch — I think of them affectionately as “Nick and Nora of the night” — and I do want to send them on more adventures! As for when, well… unlike a vampire, I don’t have all of eternity so I’m hoping to get started on writing it within a few months.

Where can readers go to purchase copies of your aforementioned books and one of my personal favorites:  “The Life and Times of Rapunzel?” 

Well, “The Life and Times of Rapunzel,” my fantasy-fueled love letter to funny, fanciful authors like Piers Anthony, is still around in paperback, but it’s out of print… so, happy hunting!

Thanks, Staci! Glad I got my copy years ago.

Thank you, my dear! Always a pleasure to talk books with you.

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