Fabulous Fiction Friday — Meet Peter Giglio

Before I introduce you to Pete, I just want to give you the head’s up a lot is going to be popping this holiday season here on Word Webbing. You already know about the Creepfest, for which I’m very excited, but I’m also participating in a Debutante Ball for authors which will provide even MORE opportunities for you to fill your Christmas Kindle with lots and lots of free stuff! Very exciting, and I hope you will all pop by to visit and enjoy the work of some very fine writers.

Now, about this Pete guy — I met him through his submission of “A Spark in the Darkness” to Etopia Press. I was lucky enough to be his editor on this project, and I just fell in love with the story. It’s a return to vampires who actually act like vampires, with a very human story at the core. It’s really quite special, and I hope you check it out.

Now, enough rambling by me — you’ll have a lot of that coming in the future. Heh. Check back on Monday for an explanation of Creepfest, why I chose to participate, and what goodies you can expect.

1. What were some of your favorite books growing up? When I was a really young guy, I read mostly movie novelizations. I’ve always been a big movie buff! When I got a little older—again, because of my love of movies—I started working through all the Ian Fleming Bond novels, and I was struck by how different they were from the films. I was about eleven or twelve when I started reading Stephen King and got hooked on horror. My favorite books as a young man were The Fury by John Farris, Firestarter by Stephen King (though it’s not even in my top ten King books now), and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

2. What is it about the horror genre that attracts you? I read all genres, and I see elements of horror in almost everything I read. I like the horror genre—the act of admitting my work is horror—because it gives me a lot of leeway when it comes to articulating notions of fear. Speculative fiction allows me to work in metaphor. Nearly all children, for instance, are afraid of the dark—many adults, too—but I actually get to (in The Dark, the novel I’m writing with Scott Bradley) make the dark a sentient entity, and that’s pretty damn cool! But my work, I hope, aspires to transcend genre. I’m most interested in the human condition, and everything I do is an endeavor to illuminate us. As long as I can keep doing that, I don’t know that I’ll need to write about monsters forever.

3. You are Senior Editor at Evil Jester Press. What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in this position? Time is the enemy. I have so much on my plate that I occasionally get overwhelmed. I wake up in the morning, make coffee, then sit down and start working. When I look up, it’s almost midnight. I need longer days! But I like to stay busy—keeps me out of trouble.

4. What is your writing process like? It varies from project to project. I outline. I think. I put things away and come back to them later with fresh eyes. But once I get into something, I just go, go, go! I keep chipping away until I’m happy with the outcome. I spend more hours re-writing than writing.

5. What advice would you give to writers who have been at the game for a while? Stay at it. Never give up. Write the thing that screams, write me! Listen to others, but always stay true to yourself. And read when you’re not writing.

6. What do you like about the editing process? Editing is like painting a room. You put up one coat at a time. I like watching things take shape. Editing allows this. You go over a work once—it’s a little better. And so on. It’s very rewarding when you look at a finished product and have that wow moment. Editing is also collaborative. I love working with other authors! Also, editing makes me a better writer.

7. Where, in your opinion, is the safest place during a zombie apocalypse? Dead.

8. What is your favorite horror movie and why do you love it so much? If I have to pick one, I’d go with Kubrick’s The Shining. I love everything about that film—the performances, the music, the directorial choices. What’s not to love?

9. Everyone has one book which has scared the living daylights out of them. Which book is it for you? Pet Sematary, hands down!

10. Tell us about your up and coming projects. I’m wrapping up a novel with Scott Bradley. He and I are also trying to get our feature-length, screen adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Night They Missed the Horror Show” made into a film. I have several novels planned for 2012, including a sequel to A Spark in the Darkness.

Synopsis: On the final day of her second life, Edie returns to the family she abandoned five years earlier. Edie is not merely a vampire, she’s a Goddess…one of the vanishing race of beings the vampires need to keep their kind alive. But being dead has taught her much about life, and Edie’s determined to destroy the evil thing she’s become. For something has changed within her, something almost alive in her dead soul. But can a single spark in the darkness be enough to save all she holds dear?

Author bio: Peter Giglio is the author of the horror novel Anon (July, 2011, Hydra Publications) and the co-author of “The Better Half: A Love Story”, appearing in the anthology Werewolves and Shapeshifters: Encounters with the Beast Within, edited by John Skipp. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and three cats, but spends a lot of time in Los Angeles, something of a second home, working with his friend and writing partner Scott Bradley. Several of his short stories can be found in anthologies, and two novellas–A Spark in the Darkness and Balance–will soon be published. Editing an anthology, co-writing a screenplay, and working on his next novel, he stays busy, but always has time for readers at www.petergiglio.com.

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