Gigi, I understand you
have a book being typeset as we speak, can you tell us the theme
of your book.
Sure, Molly. "Dealmaker"
explores the power of the spoken word and the consequences of
speaking evil into existence.
Can you tell me how you
came to decide to write in this genre?
Observation of life.
I believe in the premise of good vs. evil and I've always been
fascinated that evil can pounce at any given time. It's a struggle
that's as old as time itself and the possibilities, and consequences,
are limited only by a person's freedom to believe. I've always
had a fascination with both sides of the human spirit, but the
fear evoked from "evil" is actually the lack of understanding
of "evil." I just happen to explore my fears by creating
characters in situations that scare me the most.
What did you find first
write your book or seek out an agent or a publisher? Are you
like most of us and have a stack of rejection notices or are
you one of the lucky few to avoid such?
I finished the book first.
You can't be sure if you have a viable product until it's finished...especially
in fiction! What sounds like a great idea in the beginning can
end up a heap of chaos. Therefore, I completed, edited, rewrote
and reworked the manuscript of "Dealmaker" several
times (I'm almost embarrassed to say just how many) before I
began my quest for an agent.
And, oh yes! The lovely "rejection
slip." Shortly after receiving enough paradoxical rejections
to start a major fire, I found "Brown." And as they
say, "The rest is history."
Which do you prefer,
editing or writing your work?
Writing is relaxing to
me. Watching characters grow and a story evolve is like a hearing
a symphony in your mind and being able to interpret each note.
Editing is getting rid of disharmony...kicking the lazy violinist
out of the pit!
I can't really say that I PREFER
one to the other. Both are equally rewarding. Editing is more
difficult, but it's the conductor of the orchestra.
Gigi do you already have
a plan in mind to help promote your book? Do you have book signings
and readings planned, can you tell us where we might be seeing
I am in the process of
having a web site designed exclusively for "Dealmaker."
I believe the site should be on-line within the next couple of
months. But right now, people can visit my official site at http://www.gigiphillips.com
I have several readings and a couple of television appearances
tentatively scheduled. I will definitely be in Boston on August
6 as a the featured guest at "Johnny D's." The time
is to be announced. Also, I will be at the downtown Barnes &
Noble in mid October for a book release party. October 30, I
will be at the Fort Worth Public Library Southwest Branch at
7:00 P.M. Just after the release of "Dealmaker," I
will be featured on KOTV's 6 in the Morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Several newspapers have agreed to run stories as well. Also,
at one point, I'll be making a trip to Rockford, Iowa!
Wonderful, thank you
for a great interview and lots of luck on that new book!
To learn more about Gigi and
her work please check her
AuthorsDen site for short stories, news and upcoming events.
Gigi Phillips served
as a columnist for "The Democrat" newspaper from 1997
to 1998. During that time, she also served as Press Agent and
Marketing Manager for an international guide service, was elected
to the Board of Directors of Wood County Chamber of Commerce
and wrote the monthly newsletters.
After returning to Fort Worth
in 1998, she opened a four-star restaurant and successfully promoted
it, while contributing to "GreenSpace" monthly newsletter
and on-line magazine. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Phillips made
the decision to dedicate herself exclusively to writing dark
fiction. She is currently a member of "Horror Writers Association,"
"Dark Echo Writer's Workshop," "Critters Writer's
Workshop" and attends writer's conferences, including the
upcoming World Horror Convention and Bram Stoker Awards in Seattle.Her
first novel, DEALMAKER, published by "Brown Books,"
will be released in October, 2001.
And now for the personal stuff....
I was born October 24,
1960 on a little West Texas hill called "Ranger." I
spent the next five years dressing up like a nun and visiting
the elderly in an even smaller town called "Strawn."
Not too long after that, I decided that I was going to be a "Super
Hero," but that didn't go according to plans. (I had trouble
with the flying part.) Instead, I gathered my family around and
told stories. I was a lousy actress, but my stories were okay.
Stories became "fibs" and "fibs" were bad.
So, I gave up public storytelling and kept it to myself, until
I found out that it's not "fibbing", hell, it's FICTION!
Oh, Joy! I had my first embellished story (about my ex-husband's
first fish) published in "The Tulsa World" in 1990
and started a novel immediately afterward. Meanwhile, I wrote
for various publications.
My first novel was, and still
is, absolutely AWFUL. I still keep it, but I've asked that it
be cremated with me. As for my future, who knows? I may end up
on a secluded island, bird dog in tow, or on the not-so-secluded
island of Manhattan. That's what I love about the future
new day takes you somewhere you have never been.