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Interview & Giveaway: Bastard's Brew Blog Tour



Synopsis for Bastard's Brew by Gillian Felix

When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L'Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L'Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L'Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he'd be damned if he let her have his heart.

Suitable for adults 18+

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Gillian Felix's Bio:

I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I enjoy creating characters that could be your next-door neighbor, but would you want them as your neighbor is another story.

Originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, I moved to the United States in 1998. Since then I have been involved in the entertainment industry for over ten years.
I am an entrepreneur and advocate for women and children’s rights and I enjoy being in nature and volunteering.

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Interview:

SRNA:  I noticed on your Goodreads profile that you are trained in the Meisner and Stanislavski technique of acting.  Would you tell us a bit about these methods and how they helped you in writing the Family Portrait series?  Which would you say was most beneficial to you in writing the series?

GF:  Wow nice question. First I should explain that the Meisner technique deals with bringing forth emotions and improvising. I learned this while studying acting in NYC. It has helped me to 'go there' emotionally with the characters I write. When I have an emotional scene to write, I bring up an emotional experience from my past and capture that emotion in writing. While writing, emotions are flowing and my fingers are moving at a fast pace, and I am all wrapped up in the scene. It is intense and a bit draining. Usually I write that one scene and let it sit. I usually write before I go to bed, so I let it marinade and see if ideas come to improve the scene before I move on to something else. The improvising part comes in because sometimes I don't plan the situations the characters get themselves into so I have to let them guide me through it.

I'd learned the Stanislavski method a long time ago; it was the first method I learned in acting back in my home country. This method deals with more the physical aspect of the craft. It is where the actor embodies the character, e.g. Christian Bale in The Machinist or American Hustler. I've walked around in Adriana's shoes so to speak; I've eaten what she's eaten, I saw the world through her eyes while crafting her character. A simple thing like the way she eats pizza. She picks off the ingredients and eats them individually. I don't like eating pizza that way but while crafting Adriana I became her for a day.
Both methods are very instrumental in my day-to-day writing and most importantly when I am crafting a new influential character.

SRNA:  You became involved in the entertainment industry after moving to the US in 1998.  How did you come to be involved in that industry?

GF:  I always loved acting and creating. I started acting in plays in high school, but even before that, I used to play dress up and act out scenes from movies like Romancing the Stone, the alligator scene,it's so funny I always remember that scene.

I became involved in professional theater in Port of Spain after being terribly bored in a regular job. I did that for a couple of years then moved to the US. Naturally, I sort out theater, I gave regular jobs a try but I kept imagining myself working on or behind the scenes of stage, film or television.
I enrolled in acting classes at night. Then I got an internship with a theater company, where I learned to stage manage, operate lights and sound. It was awesome. That opened up a whole lot of doors. I got a small role in an independent film and the script supervisor baled on them at the last minute. Since I was always there on time, they asked me to fill in until they found someone else. I didn't know what a script supervisor was. The AD gave me a quick rundown and I picked it up quickly and liked it. I asked them to recastmy role and let me stay on as a script supervisor. They said okay and I even got paid for it. After that I got other script supervising jobs, some paid some not, worked backstage in theater, and was able to support myself in NYC working the behind the scenes theater and film circuit. It is a very tight knit community and if you are good, you work a lot and I was very good. After a couple of years I moved to LA, through a series of events I got a job with Disney/Buena Vista and their promotional team. One of the best times of my life!

SRNA:  You mentioned that you originally wrote the Family Portrait series as a TV script.  What was the hardest part of revising the script into the book series?

GF:  The hardest part is dialing back the amount of characters so readers can follow the story. Because there is no visual, it can get pretty confusing for the reader to follow who's connected to whom. Here's a secret; I had to combine 2 characters into one in the book. Some storylines will have to be cut or totally restructured; I am trying to figure out how to accomplish that while remaining true to the series.

SRNA:  Who are your favorite and least favorite characters in the series?  Why?

GF:  I love all the characters. They all have a purpose. I guess if I had to throw one on the train tracks would be Astrid (Changes - Vol. 1andThe Banovic Siblings Vol. 2). She is so typical. One of the producers interested in the television series LOVES Astrid and wants her to have a bigger role. Personally, I think she's every mean girl in high school.

SRNA:  Which character has been the most fun to write?

GF:  I enjoy writing different characters for different books. In ChangesI loved writing Adriana. The Banovic SiblingsI'd have to say Savi, and Bastard's BrewI'd say Haze.

SRNA:  Which character would you say is most like you?

GF:  Leighann is a lot like how I was growing up (minus the rock star thing). She's very shy, holds things in and observes the world quietly. Adriana is the opposite and thinks Leighann is a coward. The fact is, she (Leighann) is very brave but she has strength under control, she's meek.

SRNA:  You are an advocate for children’s and women’s rights.  Some of the characters in your series are child actors and musicians.  How do you feel about children who grow up in the entertainment business?  Additionally, how do you view the aspect of “mom-agers” or parents who manage the careers of their children?

GF:  Great question! Life is hard enough growing up normally; imagine growing up with the spotlight on you with tons of people pulling you in different directions. It is easy to get lost in that world and never develop into who you were meant to be. As a child actor, especially if you start as a baby like the Olsen twins, you don't really have a choice. What if the Olsen twins didn't want to become actors? Maybe they wanted to become accountants or lawyersor work at Walmart.Now they have amazing opportunities but in the beginning they didn't chose that life. I wish that kids growing up in that industry remain level headed and in touch with reality.

Sometimes parents who manage their kid's careers are a good thing, if they have the kid's best interest at heart. I have a very dear friend, who has been in the industry since she was a child, and her parents managed her career and she turned out just fine. Her parents are grounded and wouldn't allow her to get away with crap. They never got caught up in thespotlight or all the hoopla that the industry throws at you.

SRNA:  Bastard’s Brew is the third book in the Family Portrait series.  Do you have an idea of how many books you will write in this series?

GF:  I wish I knew, maybe 5 or 6. It depends on if readers are in to it. There is a lot of storylines, but I can wrap them up anytime.

SRNA:  Do you have plans to write other series using the same “tv script” concept?

GF:  One of the characters who hasn't been introduced to the book audience yet, gets a spin off series. I don't know if I'll make that into a book series yet. When I am done with the Family Portrait series, will work on a romantic novel, based on a movie script I wrote. It will be a longer book and not the typical submissive female and domineering male characters you find in romance novels. I am not into that. Madison Lucky Littrell is a spunky, kick ass female.
 
SRNA:  I can’t wait to see if you are about to bring a new group of characters into the mix or if Adriana will be able to work her way out of the mess she has gotten herself into at the end of this book.  Is there anything you can tell us??

GF:  Haha. Book 4 will feature Leighann and Zax, there is a lot of story to tell there. In future books, new characters will be introduced, a new family will be introduced and lets just say the Banovics and DaCosta's aren't the only ones with baggage and dysfunction.

Spoiler alert: Someone will get shot, someone will get pregnant, someone will die and new family alliances will form. Not in that order ;-) There is so much juice to come.

Thank you for your questions and I look forward to stopping by your wonderful blog. 



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2 comments:

  1. Thanks Julie for your questions! I totally enjoyed interviewing with you.

    Cheers
    Gillian

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  2. Thank you for the opportunity! It was really great to get to know a little about you. I'm loving your books and can't wait for the next one!

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