AS: So, Gini. You’re a HUGE Aerosmith fan. What are your five can’t live without Aerosmith tunes and which one features Tom, or another hunk, ‘on scene’?
GK: OMG, I can only pick 5 songs, not 5 albums? I thought you liked me! That’s like asking me to choose the hottest hunk out of my wide range of choices, or favorite books or movies. You’re so cruel…
Being forced into it, I have to go with: Dude (Looks Like a Lady); Jaded; Angel; Love in an Elevator; and Back in the Saddle.
I’m already feeling guilty about not choosing so many others. If you’re willing to take albums, while still hard, I go with: Toys in the Attic; Nine Lives; Rocks; Get a Grip; Just Push Play
This was still harder than I thought and I changed my mind three times. Every song and every album are great. (Yes, I adore this band. Always have, always will.)
As for which of the hunks would make it ‘on scene’, it would depend more on what I was writing at the time than anything else. If I’m just listening to Aerosmith without actually writing at the time, the hunks that come to mind are Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
However, I can see any hunk at any time when listening to “Pink”, “Angel”, “Lord of the Thighs”, “Flesh” or “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”. (Note the smooth way I got four more songs mentioned? Yep, I’m good.)
AS: The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski is one of your faves. What about it makes it “the book to get”? What has screenwriting, if anything, taught you about novel writing?
GK: I love it because it’s the most enjoyable, interesting and entertaining how to/educational book I’ve ever read. You just want to keep on reading it and the heck with that screenplay you were trying to write, you have to keep on turning the pages. And it WILL teach you how to write a screenplay or teleplay.
Screenwriting strips away all the fluff, so you really have to focus on what moves the story forward. I find it helps me to avoid scenes that go nowhere, and allows me to cut them without pain (well, without too MUCH pain). It also helps when editing to lower word count — “do I need it?” becomes easier to ask when you have only so many minutes/pages you’re allowed.
Interestingly enough (to me, at least), it’s probably not what you’d expect. For me, the toughest thing to deal with is other people’s lack of patience.
This is a slow business and I’m very sanguine about it, how long it takes to sell, to find an agent, to get your book on the shelves, etc. Others aren’t so casual about it, and while I know they ask out of love and interest, it throws off my Zen when someone’s asking me if I’ve “heard anything yet” when I know nothing will be heard for weeks, and so on.
Not allowing someone else’s impatience to affect me was, is, and may remain the toughest thing I deal with, especially because every person so asking loves me in some way and it’s not as if I don’t want them to care any more.
Not to say that everything else was an easy trot through the hurdles, but I expected every other obstacle when I made the decision to go for publication, because I’d researched the publishing business, so it’s hard for me to whine about facts of business life. (I’m capable of it, of course, but try to do it as little as possible.)
AS: Fill in some blanks for us:
When in doubt: just do it, sit your butt in the chair and write, take ten seconds of boldness and introduce yourself or make a submission, go for it.
Chocolate is: awesome (but still not better than sex)
When he: begins to rock, baby, I begin to roll. (Waves to any Social Distortion fans out there. Yeah, I like everything when it comes to music.)
Sarcasm is: just one of the many services I offer on a daily basis. (Had to go with truth in advertising on this one, sorry for the bumper-sticker answer.)
AS: “Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt joins forces with gorgeous aliens from Alpha Centauri to protect the Earth, kick evil alien butt, and save the day with hairspray and rock and roll – not necessarily in that order.” So…what would Kitty do:
To get back at an old flame?
Kitty goes by the adage that living well is the best revenge. Of course dating an alien super-hunk who’s also a super-stud doesn’t hurt, either. (She actually does get back at an old flame in Book 2 of this series, “Alien Tango”. I’d tell you about it, but you’ll just have to wait for December. *insert wicked laugh*)
If she were out of cash and needed some NOW?
The aliens Kitty hangs with are never out of cash. Besides, isn’t that what credit cards are for?
If the world was ending tomorrow?
For Kitty, the world is truly always at risk for ending tomorrow and she’s a ‘never say die’ kind of girl. She’d do what she does best — use whatever’s at her disposal, no matter how unlikely, to help her fake it until it works and she can save the day and ensure the world does NOT end tomorrow.
AS: Awesome answers Gini! Thanks so much for hanging out.
Now, a couple questions for readers:
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith? Why or why not?
All time hunkiest hunk?