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Q&A with Eliana Alexander: Accomplished Actress and Novelist

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Eliana Alexander is a veteran of the entertainment industry for over 30 years. She has shared her talents in both the English and Latin markets in series such as The Bold and The Beautiful and Desire as well as Telemundo hits such as La Ley del Silencio and Sin Verguenza. Recently she starred alongside fellow acting veterans Luis Guzman and Sir Ben Kingsley in an EPIX series titled  Perpetual Grace LTD, which critics have called exhilarating and infectious. 

Beyond her work as an actress, Eliana maintains a secondary career as an incredible novelist.  Her first book, titled The Neighbor, was released in 2012. She recently announced the first installment of an adventure/sci-fi book series called Tilt. The stories are set to follow two teens, Blane and Jake, who inadvertently set off an inter-dimensional time vortex that takes the duo on exciting and dangerous new possibilities and times whilst learning about the worlds within themselves.  The first book was newly released on August 8th

I had a chance to speak with the actress and novelist about her extensive list of talents, Perpetual Grace LTD, and her newly released novel. Check out our Q&A below: 

Clichė: As a veteran in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, what is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned? 

Eliana: To stay on my game. Stay in shape and skilled and very focus in order to keep working. 

What do you find most fulfilling in acting? 

Being able to breathe life into a character and to immerse myself in this new way of being as the character. To [be] a part of a story that unfolds right before peoples’ eyes. [And] to collaborate and be a part of a vast puzzle with lots of angles. Being a part of a tapestry that has a lot of threads that will unravel or come together. Once a project is done, being a part of a team that created something together is pure joy! 

Prior to your acting character, you started off as a singer as well as teaching dance and musical theater. Your passion seems to be tied to the arts. Why do you think you have such a love for music, acting, dancing, and theater? Where do you think it comes from? 

I have always been exposed to music and arts while traveling. Music was always playing in our house. I was raised overseas in South and Central America where I was exposed to a lot of cultures. I think the music and the arts of each country helped weave a beautiful pattern in my life. The unique sounds and rhythms of each country resonated in my heart. When I was young I wanted to be a doctor but the universe had other plans for me. I kept getting pulled into the arts and learning a lot. Even when I began teaching dance and musical theater at Dupree’s dance academy, I continued to evolve as an artist and spiritual human being. Music and arts open our minds to go to another place. Music and arts touch our souls and raise our spirits. Music and stories are something that will always pull people in. Even as [the] audience, it gives us a chance to be a part of someone’s imagination for a little while. 

You star alongside an all-star cast in a new series titled Perpetual Grace LTD on EPIX. Your co-star Sir Ben Kingsley has described the series as a “10-hour movie.” What can audiences expect? 

I am incredibly fortunate to be on a series with a stellar cast. The writing is magnificent and the cinematography is exquisite. Steven Conrad and Bruce Terris did a great job as they blend the modern noir feel with a western touch. As the story unravels they intertwine the characters beautifully. I love it because it is edgy, gritty and at times it will jolt you, wake you up with the unexpected. I truly feel that people are ready for something like this. 

You play Marisol Contreras in the series who is the wife of Hector (Luis Guzman). How does she fit into the story? What was it like working with Luis and the other actors on set? 

Marisol Contreras who is the wife of Hector Contreras who is the town sheriff in Hermosillo, Mexico. She is a mom of two very smart teen boys Emile and Mathias and she is very proactive in their lives. My TV sons are played by Alonso Alvarez who plays Emile and Calvin Benuto who plays Mathias and they are magnificent. Marisol truly values a strong family unit. You see her changing when she begins to discover that something is going on with Hector, yet she doesn’t know what. Throughout the series you see her step up for her family. On working with Sir Ben and Luiz, it is great. They are very different. Sir Ben is very focused throughout the day and when working with just the family, the boys and Luis, Luis is funny and keeps the cast and crew laughing. I mean it when I say I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing project! 

What drew you to the character of Marisol Contreras? 

What drew me is her strength and how she becomes a warrior and not a victim. She does go through a lot and yet she still values her family and works at keeping them together. 

Perpetual Grace was filmed in New Mexico. What was it like filming there? Any memorable stories from the set? 

I love Santa Fe, New Mexico! You can feel the energy of the land and everyone is kind and open. The mountains and the sunsets are formidable. Even though Santa Fe is a small town it has everything; culture and arts and lots of history. While there I learned that Santa Fe was established in 1610 and that Santa Fe is the third oldest city in the United States. Only St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565, and Jamestown, Virginia are older. It is always great when we can see new states and really learn about them; a huge added gift to my career! 

 

Along with this new series on EPIX, you also have a book releasing on August 8th, titled Tilt. What can you tell our readers about the book series? 

I am very excited about this novel. TILT is an action/adventure sci-fi novel series, TILT: Magic Ei8hts follows Blane and Jake, two teens who inadvertently set off an inter-dimensional time vortex that takes them on adventures to exciting and dangerous new worlds and times. Blane and Jake learn a great deal about themselves while learning about the Universe and eras. These teens are super savvy with technology yet when they travel back in time, they have to learn how to exist in a world with bare minimum necessities and no technology. TILT: Magic Ei8hts is the first book in the series. I am already in the midst of writing TILT: The Red Moon and I am looking forward to the readers getting their hands on that as well! 

You released your first novel ‘The Neighbor’ in 2012. What has your career as a novelist taught you? Now that you’re a storyteller yourself, do you read scripts differently? 

I started writing scripts for TV and film. The beauty of writing a novel is that you can expand and color. While adapting the script to novel form on “The Neighbor,” I got to expand the characters with more description. That vast colors of description allows readers to glide right into your imagination. As a writer/author, I am always learning about everything while I do research. That is what I love, that I continue to learn about many things as I am in the throes of research when writing a book. My mind is always expanding and I absolutely enjoy that. 

What is your writing process like? Where do you draw inspiration from and how do you deal with writer’s block? 

I love to write in the morning very early, we are talking 5:00 AM! The morning is quiet and the world hasn’t really started. I get an idea and my mind takes off. The idea comes with concept and characters and off I go. I will write for about three hours, take a break and come back to my desk for another two. Many times I want to keep going yet my day begins and my career has to keep going, so the book or scripts wait until the next morning. I wake up excited to bring life to the story and characters. I have so many ideas and concepts that I have a body of work to keep me busy for a very long time. I am blessed that I have an active imagination for it truly keeps me going. 

What do you hope your readers get when they pick up a novel of yours? 

I am in great hopes that they take a chance and they lose themselves into their imagination through my stories. Also that they go into another place. I would love for them to connect with the characters. Especially on “TILT: Magic Eights” I would love for them to root for Blane and Jake as they travel throughout this journey. Also from the worlds and dimensions the characters visit, to see how our world is affected by how we live. In TILT, the characters learn a lot about the planet and themselves and really evolve. While reading any one of my novels, I am hoping that the readers also experience a sense of evolvement on their own. To me, there are messages in the stories so we can all get something. 

 Who is your biggest inspiration as a writer? 

Too many to choose for I have many writers that I like and I really feel every novelist has at one point inspired me. To list only a few, one of my favorites, of course, being Shakespeare, the classic way of speaking and the stories hit my heart. Another book that to this day blew me away is “Memoirs of a Geisha” written by Arthur Golden about a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and during World War II. The way he wrote and the details in the story pulled me in to where I truly lost myself while I was reading that book. I loved it and I did not want it to end. 

Another great book that has crossed my path is “Fast Ball” author Anthony C. Tripari. It’s a fictional novel about the Boston mafia and is intertwined with an Italian family: the Panarellis. The book starts in the nineteen fifties, a time when families were bound together by their heritage. I was recommended to Mr. Tripari by a friend to adapt his novel into a film script. Once I read this magnificent book that pulled me in right away, I shared with Mr. Tripari that it has beautiful treasures throughout the book and that it would play better as a mini-series. He agreed and hence became the beginning of a great relationship. Mr. Tripari has now three books that are great, of course, they are the sequels “Butchie” and “Vendetta.” I can’t say who just yet, but several actors from the famed TV series “The Sopranos” have expressed an interest. Fingers crossed! 

When you’re not acting or writing amazing novels, what do you like to do on your downtime? 

I always love spending time with my family, my husband John Nikitin and my amazing dog Bosco. We spend time going on hikes and long walks. Being by the beach, it is easy to want to be outside enjoying the day. John and I enjoy home time yet we occasionally have dinner watching the sunset at several of our beach community restaurants. We enjoy working out, one to stay in shape, yet it is fun especially while taking dance classes or even Jazzercise with Dwain and Marie at our Beach City Jazzercise community. We love supporting our local beach community. At home, we read and also dig into some streaming and binge on TV series. 

 I’ve read that you are an avid animal rights supporter. What organizations do you support and what drew you to the cause of animal rights? 

I am a huge animal lover. I believe in caring for these beautiful souls. They need our voice and that is why I appreciate and support Sea Shepherd. Captain Paul Watson and his crew risk their lives supporting the sea life, especially whales and dolphins. We need to care about our oceans and they really help us learn and understand how to do that. I support PETA and appreciate how Ingrid and her team strive to better the lives of all animals. I am a proud vegan. Even in my nutrition, I support animals and in addition, I get to stay very healthy. 

I just want to add that I am grateful and honored to be interviewed by Cliché Magazine!

 

 

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‘Humans, Bow Down’ by James Patterson Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Little, Brown & Co. for a Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson giveaway you won’t want to miss! In Patterson’s newest book, readers will join Six, “a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war,” in her rebellion against the Robots and her quest to save humanity. Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Humans, Bow Down, in stores now, as well as a $100 Visa gift card (to stock up on survival supplies, of course)!
 
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Synopsis

In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.
The Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices—they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it’s a crime to be human. And the robots aren’t content—following the orders of their soulless leader, they’re planning to conquer humanity’s last refuge. With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a rebel with a cause. On the run for her life after an attempted massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.

About the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.
A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing his proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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Vanessa de Largie Interview

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Vanessa de Largie is both an award-winning actress and a talented author. She was raised in Perth, Australia and attended the Johnny Young Talent School between the ages of 3 and 14. After years of crafting her skills, she landed the lead role in A Nocturne: Night of the Vampire and the film earned her The Best Female Actor award in Melbourne’s Underground Film Festival in 2007. Fast forward to 2015 and she will be starring in an upcoming European horror film called Laundry Man. Below, de Largie was delighted to give us the scoop on her upcoming role and her newest book.

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Cliché: What drew you to become an actress, and what have you enjoyed the most about your career thus far?
Vanessa de Largie: My mother was a film buff, and my father was an avid reader and vinyl collector. I grew up in an environment that encouraged creativity. When I was 3 years old, my mother enrolled me in the Johnny Young Talent School, where I trained in singing, dancing, and acting for a decade. At 14, mum got me my first agent, the late Erica Edgley. My first television audition was for the role of Angel in Home and Away. The role eventually went to Melissa George, another Perth actress (Alias, The Good Wife, Muholland Drive).
In 2006, I got my first lead role in an independent horror film. The film was called A Nocturne: Night of The Vampire (distributed by TROMA). It was accepted into the main program in elite film festivals throughout Europe and I flew over as a guest. Traveling to Belgium, Greece, Ireland, England, and Holland with the film remains the highlight of my career—possibly the highlight of my life.
You play a character named Netty in the upcoming European horror film Laundry Man. Can you tell us a little more about that?
I am very excited to be working with film director Johan Vandewoestijne (who was the executive producer of the Belgian cult classic Rabid Grannies). The film is being shot in Kortrijk, Belgium later this year. I play the role of Netty, a lesbian who gets killed by a serial killer (played by Gunther Vanhuyse). The story is partly based on the crimes committed by American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as the crimes committed by Belgian-Hungarian pastor Andras Pandy.
What drew you to this film and to your character?
The script is AMAZING. Totally fucked up! I have worked on an array of horror films over the last decade. I love being killed on film and getting all weird and bloody. It’s great fun. I think I will be able to do a lot with Netty and push boundaries.
You are also a successful author. When did you realize you wanted to write a book?
Writing is my soul. I love storytelling. I love sharing my truth. I have experienced a lot of tragedy for someone who is only in their 30s. I lost my parents and my brother in my mid-20s. If I stopped writing, I’m pretty sure all my pain (which is lurking under the surface) would engulf me.  When I keep busy and devote myself to my work, I don’t have to think about anything. I don’t have family—I have writing, acting, and myself.
Tantric Afternoons is a personal account of your sensual journey. What inspired you to write this book, and what do you hope people will take away from it?
I am a sexually liberated woman; I am also a sex-positive feminist. I believe that in order for women to achieve true freedom and equality, they must not be oppressed sexually. Men can sleep around and it’s accepted, but if a woman chooses to sleep with an array of partners, she is dealt the shame card. My erotic memoir Tantric Afternoons is unabashed and unapologetic. I talk about my sexual encounters honestly and without shame. Sexuality and sensuality are beautiful things—they should be embraced.
You have said that “strong, sexual female protagonists, both on the page and on the screen,” inspire you. What exactly is it about them that you admire? Is there someone in particular who inspires you the most?
I think to portray females in popular culture as creatures who crave marriage, intimacy, emotion, and children is a massive generalization. There is no doubt that there are many women (perhaps even a majority of women) who do seek these things, but the majority never justifies the whole.  I want to see women like myself represented in popular culture—women with rampant sexualities that don’t crave any of those things. Authors like Anais Nin and Catherine Millet come to mind as people who inspire me most. I also have an incredible amount of respect for courageous feminist/porn star/sexologist Annie Sprinkle. What an inspiration!
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Your award-winning book Don’t Hit Me! is also a very personal story, this time about your struggles with domestic violence. What was it like to experience that at such a young age, and what have you learned from it?
One never forgets the first time they are punched; it makes you very wary of men in general. During that time in my life, my journal was my witness—it was the place I went to feel safe. I decided to self-publish my raw journal and titled it Don’t Hit Me! Within two weeks, it was a #1 Amazon Best Seller and went on to win two international awards, as well as receiving critical acclaim from around the globe. In January of this year, it was picked up by Seattle publisher Booktrope and re-released as a paperback and an eBook. I am very fortunate to have survived domestic violence; some women aren’t as lucky. If my book can encourage one woman to leave her deadly predicament, then it has been a success.
How did you feel to share such intimate details with the world? Were you nervous by the reception at all?
My violence happened at the hands of a well-known Australian actor, so I was more worried about him finding out. I do not name my abuser in the book as I feel it is unnecessary. I also don’t think it would be fair to his children, whom I have a great deal of respect for. Writing is a place where I feel safe. I like to peel away all the layers and reveal my truth. They say the truth will set you free. I hope to achieve healing for myself and others through sharing this story.
What’s next for you? Do you have any other books or films coming down the pipeline?
Well, I have just joined The Huffington Post as a writer/blogger, so that is certainly a milestone in my career thus far. My memoir Without My Consent launches at the end of 2015—it is about a ‘sexual assault’ I survived at 20. Next month I go on a blog tour for my book Don’t Hit Me!, so life is certainly busy.
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Thomas D. Taylor Interview

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Thomas D. Taylor is an author who writes in many genres, including horror, science fiction, mainstream fiction, and nonfiction. His horror books force his characters and his readers to descend into dark underworlds and reemerge with moral lessons learned. Two of his nonfiction books dispel much of the ignorance and misinformation about autism. His most recent nonfiction book, Autism’s Politics and Political Factions: A Commentary, explains some of the differences between the many warring factions of the autism community. Cliché sat down to talk with him about his most recent book and more.
Large Autistic AuthorsCliché: What inspired you to write horror?
Thomas D. Taylor: A good part of my childhood was spent watching creature feature and Grade B horror movies on TV. I also read a lot of horror books. But I found faults with most of what I was seeing. Movies and books rooted in myth and legend seemed to have taken liberties. “True” stories often turned out to be factually incorrect, and “scary” stories didn’t seem to scare.
Thus began my endeavors, first to improve upon what others had written, and eventually to produce all original material. It is, of course, the original material that I have published.
When you write your horror books, is there any research you need to do? If so, what kind?
Every story I write, every novella, every novel, no matter what genre I am writing in, requires research. For a horror story to work for whoever’s reading it, for example, a writer has to convince the reader to suspend disbelief so that the reader can come to believe that something totally fictional, yet absolutely terrifying, can happen to them. The best way to do this is to make sure that if you are writing about real things, you get those things right. This is because, aside from not being distracted by inaccuracies, if readers can trust that an author has the facts right about what is real, they are willing to believe the author might be telling the truth about what is fully fictional.
One example is the research I did for Evil Creeps In: A Tale of Exorcism. In that one, I researched the facts about exorcism, and discovered that much of what we see in Hollywood movies is untrue and/or sensationalized, and my book wound up being something totally different than I had initially intended. Originally, it was going to be a “true” and “accurate” representation of an exorcism with no embellishments, which, I thought, would be something like William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist on high octane. But because—I discovered—real life exorcisms are seldom as grotesque, the book turned out to be a novella in which a Lutheran layman and a Roman Catholic priest discuss an exorcism and the different theological theories and implications concerning the rite. An exorcism does take place in the book, but that is not the main focus of the text. To me, hearing the facts about how demon possession happens, and the facts about how exorcisms are performed, are scarier than the actual exorcism itself.
What messages or morals do you convey in your books?
One of the popular themes in horror stories and stories of other genres seems to be: “Do something bad, and sooner or later, you will get what you deserve.” That is a moral which, I think, could be put across better.
In my horror books, the main moral is a variation on the misbehavior-results-in-consequences concept. For me, the moral is that what a person does in his or her life influences who he or she is. One example: Fill up your life with evil, and evil will creep into your soul.
However, my books are not morally preachy per se. I am less concerned with overtly stating a moral than I am in demonstrating to my readers the process by which people change as a result of their activities, or as a result of who or what they take into their lives.
Large The Lost StoriesRegarding your books about autism, how did you conduct your research?
I circulated in the autism community for nearly 25 years before I decided to write about it. I worked with kids on the autism spectrum during teacher training, ran a number of forums online for autistics, moderated and administrated other forums from time to time, attended and discoursed at conventions, and, most importantly, I’ve read the research.
Two areas seemed to be underrepresented in terms of what has been published: A commentary on autistic authors, whence came Autistic Authors and Autistics and Autism in Literature: A Commentary and an outline and commentary on the politics of the autism community, which inspired me to write Autism’s Politics and Political Factions: A Commentary.
I had been compiling information on both for more than a decade before I decided to write up what I had learned and what my ensuing opinions were.
What made you get interested in the world of Autism?
In addition to advocating for a number of people on the spectrum, I know many people on the autism spectrum personally. There are commonalities among autistics, and there are many undercurrents in the autism community. Writing about these commonalities and undercurrents may help people on the autism spectrum to understand themselves, and may help people who are not autistic to understand autistics.
Tell us about your newest non-fiction book, Autism’s Politics and Political Factions: A Commentary.
There is fact, and opposing this is theory, conjecture, rumors and ignorance.  Autism’s Politics and Political Factions tries to label and comment on all the differing opinions doctors, researchers, autistics, and non-autistics have about the origins, presentation, and treatment of autism and the ensuing political movements proceeding therefrom.
 
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Satiating the Reader: An Interview With Hunter S. Jones

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Novelist and entertainment blogger, Hunter S. Jones, has a huge personality that truly translates onto paper. Even before the October release of her new book September Ends, Jones’s following has been an avid one, and it’s no wonder. Jones is a sweet and particuVintageMsJoneslarly sassy “Georgia peach” whose love of words and stories keeps her constantly contributing to her craft. September Ends has been well received — one reviewer describes  the story as one that “stays with you well after you’ve read the last page”. Between writing articles, blog posts, short stories and yes, books, it is clear that Jones is a writer of all trades who constantly leaves her readers wanting more and more.

Cliche: How did your love for writing begin?

Hunter S. Jones: Great question. I’m not really certain how my love for writing began. As a kid, I was always the one getting little plays or bands together with all the other kids in the area. I would make up the skit and the others, mainly my cousins, would act out the parts. I have always played with words. Always.

Can you write anywhere, or do you have a specific place where you work best?

 You never know when The Muse will strike. I can write anywhere. The Notes app on my iPhone gets a ton of usage! Sometimes you will see someone or something that will trigger an idea or concept. Or, you will just get a feeling or vibe about something and you have to write it down.

Do you know your story before you begin working, or does it come to you as you go?

Does anyone ever know where their story is going? I start with a synopsis and characters. Generally, the characters present themselves to me. Sometimes they appear in dreams. In September Ends, I just KNEW these characters. My collaborator sent an email when we were deJones Noirveloping the synopsis and asked, “Who is the main character?” I sent him back a four page outline of Liz Snow, Elizabeth October Snow, of Atlanta, GA. I knew how tall she was, what color her eyes were, her grandparents names, where she attended school, her favorite food. It was fantastic! However, as the story developed, Liz presented even more aspects of her personality to me and my collaborator. We loved every minute of it!

Would you consider yourself a genre-specific writer? Is there anything that you enjoy writing about most?

You never know where a story will come from or what will inspire you. At least, I don’t. My first love is music. I love writing about indie alternative music. You know those bands no one has heard of yet, but they are playing somewhere night after night. They inspire me with their dedication to their art form.

What can readers expect from September Ends?

September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later. [The book] is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love because love happens when we least expect it. Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it is only the beginning.

For those who aren’t as familiar with your work, what are some of your previous titles?Sept Ends NEW sml

My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction was released in 2012. It’s a steam punk zombie sex fest, or at least that’s what a reviewer called it. I have a collection of sexy little vignettes named Tales from a New Amsterdam. You can find those on Amazon. Moon Rose Publishing included my novella, Magic in Memphis, in the Celtic Festival anthology, A Celtic Tapestry. Those are my current works. September Ends was released October 2013. The response has been wonderful. I have the best readers in the world!

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Photos courtesy of Sarah Esther Photography, Atlanta, GA with hair and make up by Brielle Brenner and Blue Bird Artistry.

Davey Havok: POP KIDS

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Davey Havok can now add “author” to his list of accomplishments. The brilliant singer and actor recently released his first book POP KIDS, and there is no doubt that the success of the book has been anything less than fantastic. The novel is about the addiction of social media, sex, and drugs, the opposite of the straightedge lifestyle Havok lives. The author talks to us about his writing process, desire to turn the book into a movie, and his plans to release a second novel.
CLICHÉ: What was your inspiration for POP KIDS?
Davey Havok: The effect I see on youth culture that modern media has had over the years since the beginning of the Internet and the beginning of social media, which has accelerated the rise of cultural celebrity and really morphs it in a very powerful way, is what really pushed me into the story that you’ll see in POP KIDS. I saw it both from a distance and a very close perspective.
Have you always wanted to write a book?
DV: I have. To say always would be an exaggeration, but I’ve enjoyed creative writing for a lot of my life. Writing a novel is something that I wanted to do and it wasn’t until 2008 that the general concept of POP KIDS hit me, and when it did, I just sat down and started writing it. Prior to that, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do within a story and even at that point I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but throughout the process, the story began to tell itself. I never wanted to write an autobiography, and I’m not versed enough in any one particular field to embark on a nonfiction piece, so a novel is the best way for me to write; I’m a big fan of fiction.
Can you explain your writing process?
DV: The spark came in the fall of 2008 and I began writing then. It was a long process; I was very busy at the time writing and recording the Crash Love album for A.F.I. Once the touring cycle was over, I spent the majority of 2010 writing for hours and hours and hours every day. It became quite obsessive for me.
Did you write on paper or a laptop?
DV: Macbook Air. A lot of it was done in different parts of the country and different parts of the world because I worked on it while I was on tour, but the majority of the book was written in Oakland.
When did you finish writing POP KIDS?
DV: The final version of what we have now was finished in the fall/winter of 2010.
How does it feel to hold the finished product of POP KIDS in your hands after all this time working on it?
DV: It’a surreal experience to hold it and it’s really exciting. It’s really satisfying, gratifying, and odd. Certainly reading it in its true book form is such a surreal pleasure for me to see physically. The book itself feels very nice.
When naming your characters, did you relate them to your friends? For example, is the character “Star” named after Jeffree Star?
DV: No, no she’s very different than Jeffree. The character’s true names came from different places. I felt that the names suited the character in one way or another based on my relationship with someone with the same name in real life or just my perception of that name. As you see, the characters’ screen names were given to themselves by themselves as they felt appropriate for their own personas.
The character “Score: is italian and vegetarian. Did you base this character off yourself?
DV: Barely, I mean, some of the interests Score professes have the facade of his greater persona and could correlate to my own, but he is so wildly empty we truly have little in common.
At the end of the book, Score says “I’m tempted to tell her. But I won’t. I’m tempted to say it out loud. But I don’t need to. She already knows. We both do.” Is that going to be explained deeper into the second book?
DV: That moment is for the reader to decide. I as the author absolutely know what Score wanted to say and Stella knows the truth. Score lies to himself and to the reader frequently, but not at that moment. That is the moment of truth for the young man.
I watched the trailer for the prologue of POP KIDS. Would you ever consider turning the book into a movie?
DV: Absolutely. With the right producer and the right director, I would love to have that opportunity. It would be such an ambitious pursuit for someone. They would have to truly love the book due to its explicit nature and how really upsetting and awful it is and how those explicit moments really define the characters in a way. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Harmony Korine. I mean, what he’s done really speaks to me and what he’s done recently with Spring Breakers really highlights culturally what I was trying to highlight with POP KIDS.
Have you started working on the second book?
DV: I began working on the second book almost immediately after finishing POP KIDS. I feel that for the process of writing the first book and it being the first book I’ve ever written, I learned a bit and I feel that I will be able to finish the second novel faster so that it will hopefully be better written, but we shall see.
What other projects are you currently working on?
DV: Right now our agent is discussing a Blaqk Audio tour and I’m working on the second novel.
 
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