G.L. Giles (Gia Lee) is the author of 15 books to date: including “Unputdownable Tales of Terror,” “Hurricane Hound,” “I Want My Kitty Cat TV!” and “The Clever Cat That Could.” She also interviews for Target Audience Magazine and reviews for Infernal Dreams. Plus, she has a popular blog called The G.L. Giles Files at: http://gialee3.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/interview-with-camille-key-of-charleston-after-dark/
In addition, she’s no stranger to You Tube at this point, with her latest videos racking up an impressive amount of views and comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0vsLOSCOO5g
When did you first begin writing?
I began singing before writing…I would make up my own songs on family trips to California from South Carolina—I traveled with my grandparents, siblings and cousins by car, so there was A LOT of time to think up original lyrics and melodies—and force my poor family members to sing along with me! My first songs were about the great loves of my life at the time: my dog, Hanz, and salt water taffy (from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)!!
What was the first thing you wrote?
I am not sure of the first original piece I wrote, but I do remember being elated to win money for the poems I entered which placed in DAR contests in the 7th and 8th grade. Doing something I loved and getting paid for it, well, that’s still a win/win in my book!
I love your water vamps so would really like to know how you came up with the concept of them. Describe them for me and tell me your inspiration in creating them.
Great question! While I honor the great writers of vampire lit. who have gone before me, it was important to me to create my own vampire/vampyre species and subspecies as well. Since, I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina (a peninsular city, so it’s surrounded on three sides by water), creating water vampires seemed logical to me. Plus, I love the water element and have been swimming since about three years old—in the ocean and pools!! As far as describing my water vampires goes, I think Deanna Anderson did a wonderful job of it at http://targetaudiencemagazine.com/2011/10/g-l-giles-v4-water-vamps-review/ with:
“I was thrilled when I read about the Water Vamps that Giles created in her Vampire Vignettes series; they were a being that no one had created yet, at least not to my knowledge. Vampires and vampirism are not new concepts either superstitiously or literary, and every author needs to come up with a new twist that makes their vampires different, unique, and memorable. With vampires seen as a species, Giles has definitely done this over all, but then she takes it one step further by creating an entirely new species that seems a little like a mermaid, a little like a siren, and all vampire!
In V XXX Special Edition Compendium The Vampire Vignettes I-III: Re-Vamped we are introduced to the Water Vamps with their insatiable lust for blood and their penchant for eating dolphins. But, their story was not completely told, until V4: Water Vamps, and it will slake the thirst of anyone wanting to know more.
Giles weaves a tale of intrigue and gives us a glimpse of the underwater world of the water-vamps and the history and origins behind these beautiful and dangerous creatures is truly unique! The description of these creatures is both beautiful and dangerous, much like looking at a venomous snake: It is a lethal beauty. We get to interact with these creatures on a more personal level: they go to school, have spelling and vocabulary tests, have to deal with their parents, and even crush on each other. In this sense, we get to see the more “human” side of the water-vampires and see that the youth water-vamps are similar to the human heroes, Robyn and Marion.
Written for young adults, the main characters are children and the adults are secondary to the story, which will appeal to any young adult. Robyn and Marion understand each other, and they (like the water-vamps) have to deal with all of the things children deal with, despite their unusual gifts. Even without those gifts, Robyn is a role model for any young female with her strength of character, respect for adults (at least those that deserve it) and her loyalty to Marion, of who deserves his own credit with his loyalty and friendship to Robyn. In the end, even the water-vamps come to be people we can relate to and accept in this thrilling ride into the waters of Charleston, South Carolina.”
Who are some of your writing influences?
Not sure who my influences are, per se, but I am going to list some writers whom I greatly admire (in no particular order): Dorothy Morrison, Lynn Anders, Georgia L. Jones, Hunter S. Jones, Christopher Kokoski, William D. Prystauk, Pete Giglio, Taylor Caldwell, Raven Digitalis, George Eliot, Alan Draven, Joe McKinney, Scott Thomas, Paul West, Iris Berry, Charles Bukowski and Theodor Seuss Geisel—like I said, just to list some, as there are many, many more, and this is supposed to be a short interview!
Tell me a little bit about your process. Are you like Stephen King who reportedly writes every day except his birthday and Christmas?
I generally write everyday, though it’s not always on my own novels, poems and songs, as I’m also a reviewer and interviewer. And, though I’d love to say that I’m a plotter at this point, I’ll admit that I’m sometimes still a pantser, as there are times when my plots fall into place when they are ready!
I hear you are now writing about zombies. Tell me a little bit about that.
Gladly! I am now in the process of writing a YA zombie novel for BlackWyrm Publishing. You can go to the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BlackWyrm-Publishing/198620376834777?fref=ts for updates and to check out the other wonderful authors there.
G.L. Giles, co-author of “Unputdownable Tales of Terror,” etc. http://www.amazon.com/Unputdownable-Tales-Terror-G-L-Giles/dp/1462667716/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1362511941&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Unputdownable+Tales+of+Terror+by+G.L.+Giles