A native of Austin, Texas, Laini Giles grew up the daughter of bookworms, and became a Nancy Drew devotee early on. When she realized there might be no escape from hairy tarantulas and bad guys with guns, she put her detective dreams on hold and wrote about them instead, finishing her first mystery novel with custom illustrations when she was eight. It was this love of mystery combined with a love of old MGM musicals and The Marx Brothers that led her to check Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon out of the library during her formative years. Ideas began to simmer. A graduate of the University of North Texas, she put the writing on hold for a while when real life got in the way (i.e.—she met and married her Canadian husband and headed north for maple-flavored goodies and real beer). She highly recommends moving to another country and not being able to work for a year for finishing any novels you may have laying around. Laini and her husband live in Edmonton, Alberta with their two girl cats, Lily and Lola.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about eight years old, I wrote and illustrated my own Nancy Drew-style mystery novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
176 agent rejections was really starting to wear on me. I know I write well, and I knew I had a good platform. I decided to self publish, because I know there is a huge film subculture, and those folks were starving for books of this type. The buzz among them for my book appears to prove me right.
A fictionalized biography of silent film actress Olive Thomas, whose ghost is said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Ollie's ghost narrates her story from her days as a poor girl in Pennsylvania through her heady days as a Ziegfeld girl and onto fame in Hollywood as the sister-in-law to Mary Pickford.