Interview with Randolph Giles

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Research and to find other ways of marketing my books. Sharing, exchanging ideas with writer/author Greg Jackson the author of Fractured Saga Athena Rising and the Shill for a Kill the Chambers and Riggs Detective series as well as various other independent authors. Planning and preparing for signings.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the newest ebooks I discover are from Amazon, Smashwords, and Twitter. As I have a nice following as well as follow a lot of independent authors who are established as well as up and coming.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was entitled; "The Can That Talked". I was in first grade when I wrote that story. My Uncle who also was a writer and an artist had drawn a picture (a cartoon) of a little boy kicking a can. The can had eyes, nose and a mouth and in the speech balloon it said; "Ouch!" Hench the title, The Can That Talked. I wrote the story on yellow legal paper and brought it into school and my teacher read it to the class. She then contacted my mother and told her to make sure that I kept the writing, the telling of stories up. I had written many stories, but had never completed them. I even wrote and had drawn some comic books that I sold to other children when I was a child. But it wasn't until 1986 that I had written and completed my very first novel entitled; "When The Eagle Flies with the Dove," which has been changed to "NEX FORMA".
What is your writing process?
First of all let me make it clear that I am not a writer, I am a story teller. When a story comes to mind I usually know it from beginning and how its going to end, its just putting in the filling as I call it as well as building the character(s). Stories that are close to my heart always have a message and contain a moral lesson or lessons. When I tell a story I want the reader to want more after it is finished or not. I have had readers contact me and tell me that they are waiting for part two of NEX FORMA and some who were upset because they felt that I left them hanging. Some have even given me ideas for part two. I like to get the reader involved, that is my goal when I tell a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I can recall ever being read to me was Pinocchio and Little Red Riding Hood. Those two stories helped me write the two flash fiction stories in my book entitled; Flash Fiction Menagerie, the Wolf and Ding Dong the Witch Ain't Dead. The funny thing is when I was a child I loved being read to, but didn't like reading, but I loved writing and telling stories. My childhood friends would love to hear me tell my stories to them and I loved telling them.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually see the cover of the book in my mind. In the case of When The Eagle Flies With The Dove, I gave my idea to Greg Jackson and with the two of us looking for photo shop royalty free photos the cover came out almost exactly as I visualized it back in 1986. The only different we could not find a Candy Red Z jumping or in the air. Both Greg and I loved the cover, but later on one of my friends mentioned that the cover looked outdated and so I came up with a new title and a new cover. Come to find out later on after the cover and the name change that women loved the original cover as well as the name. I like the new cover and name for the times, but I love the first cover as well as the name.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Dean Koontz's "WHISPERS", which was the longest book I've ever read and unlike many it captured me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. The story and the characters were so very believable and I could actually visualize the story as if it were a movie, it was good story telling. The biggest mistake was when they tried to make a television movie from the story. What a big disappointment!

Michael Connelly's "The Concrete Blonde," I loved this detective story. A well told story like one of those old black and white detective movies done in the style of L.A. Confidential, but darker and more mysterious and I loved the characters. Again good story telling.

Stephen King's "Night Shift" I loved how he tied the stories together. Spooky and creepy just the way I like it. Again it was another book I could see as a movie and after I had read the book they came out with the movie entitled "Cat's Eye".

Greg Jackson's "Fractured Saga Athena Rising" is an awesome read for those who love a good political Sci-Fi story or movie. Love his character and is not only a good writer, but a good story teller and I'm not saying this because he and I are the best of friends. His protagonist Dylan King is real as well as the world she lives in (we are right around the corner from our world looking exactly like this). If you like Escape from New York, you're going to love Athena Rising which is as dark as Sin City and just as gritty, has the feel of X-Files.

Paul T. Mason, MS and Randi Kreger "Stop Walking On Eggshells" Is a book that I recommend for all those who are about to get into a serious relationship. I will make you aware of potential partner's characteristics their way of being, their world and the way they see it. This book informs you about borderline personality disorder which is often confused as Bipolar. In reading this book I felt as though I was reading about my very own relationship at the time. The book was recommended to be by a marriage counselor and in reading it it helped me make a big decision regarding my relationship, but it would have been even more beneficial if I would had read before hand. This is definitely a must read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love sci-fi, futuristic, past (prehistoric), horror/terror/thrillers especially political thrillers. Detective stories as well as romance. I also enjoy reading history, national geographic, science books as well. In short, I read whatever I'm in the mood to read at the moment.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book signings. Your potential readers get an opportunity to meet the author and that is the time you get to talk about your current book(s) and upcoming projects for them to look out for.
Describe your desk
Two laptops and my cellphone so that if I don't feel like writing my ideas I can record them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx, New York in a private house. The time in which I grew up was before the projects that were several blocks away took it's tole on the surrounding areas. The area in which I grew up was mixed with every ethnic group imaginable and we all played and went to school together. The doors were always opened and you couldn't do anything wrong within a four block radius without your mother finding out before you got home. It was a good time for children as parents did not seem to teach them to dislike another child due to the color of their skin. Birthday parties like "Our Gang" the little Rascals, but with more cultures and ethnic groups. Sorry to say that the first time(s) that I was introduced to what the media is pushing as "Racism" (which is incorrect and should be known as culturalism) because we are all the same race "human race" was by white police officers. At that moment my world changed and I was introduced to a horrible reality, but that reality did not change me and it didn't take away my hope that there are others out there just like me. So you will find in my writing, my story telling these things hopefully making a better understanding. Incidents like what I experienced in the past and what we are experiencing now as human beings, the human race is what influences my writing. There is always a message in my story telling.
Published 2015-05-24.
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The Color of Autumn
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Hard Target, the Origin
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