Greg F. Gifune Der Autor
Greg F. Gifune (geb. 1963) gilt als einer der besten Thrillerautoren seiner Generation. Er hat Łber 20 Romane verŲffentlicht. Ihr dunkel-melancholischer Ton hat ihm unter Kritikern und Lesern fanatische Fans gesichert. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und einer ganzen Schar Katzen in Massachusetts/USA. (Quelle: Festa Verlag)
Introduce yourself to the readers
Hereís my bio: Greg F. Gifune is a best-selling, internationally-published author of several acclaimed novels, novellas and two short story collections. Called, ďOne of the best writers of his generationĒ by both The Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, and ďAmong the finest dark suspense writers of our timeĒ by legendary best-selling author Ed Gorman, his work has been published all over the world, translated into several languages, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus and others, is consistently praised by readers and critics alike, and has garnered attention from Hollywood. His novel THE BLEEDING SEASON, originally published in 2003, has been hailed as a classic in the genre (and is listed as such on Amazon) and is considered to be one of the best horror/thriller novels of the decade. Also a respected editor with years of experience in the field in a variety of positions, he is currently on hiatus from his position as Senior Editor at Darkfuse. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol, a bevy of cats and two dogs, Dozer and Bella. He can be reached online at gfgauthor@verizon.net or on Facebook and Twitter.
When do you have the best ideas?
I donít know that thereís a specific time, they just come when they come. The good ones hang around. The ones that arenít so good are discarded. Those that wonít leave me alone I keep in my mind until they take shape and Iím ready to write them. My mind is often a hornetís nest I have a hard time quieting. Iíve learned to live with it best I can.
What inspires you while writing a book?
It depends on the book. Various things can inspire me, from theme to characters to specific plot points or messages Iím trying to convey to real life experiences Iíve had. It depends on the project.
Do people or incidents of your own life appear in your books?
Yes. Not in a literal sense, but characters are often composites of several people Iíve known, or aspects of those people and even parts of myself. Incidents and experiences Iíve had throughout my life (and Iíve had many, varied experiences) also play a part, but again, rarely literally in that I donít normally relay an incident but take the essence of it or the pieces of it that are important and that fit in with whatever Iím doing, and I implement them in that way.
What is your book "Children Of Chaos" about?
Essentially, itís a reimagining of Conradís HEART OF DARKNESS. Iíve always been fascinated by that novelóthe good, the bad and the ugly of itóas well as the film Apocalypse Now that was based upon it. Thereís something about the story itself that is essentially human and delves into what it means to be human, and that fascinates me. I always wanted to do a version of it I could call my own, and thatís what Children of Chaos ended up being. Itís also about other themes as wellófriendship, forgiveness, spirituality, damnation, salvation, etc.óbut it mostly deals with good and evil and the roads we all find ourselves on where we have to decide (if at all possible) which way weíre going to go. In a sense, the evil in Children of Chaos is fatalistic, because it fits with the theme and the original material in some ways, but thereís also a broader sense of good and hope in the novel, even though that may not be readily apparent through those particular characters and their collective journeys into darkness.
Do your books deliver a certain message?
I hope so, and thatís certainly my intent, but in the end, thatís for each individual reader to decide. The key is to entertain on some level first, then get the message in there in an organic way so itís not forced or all about the things youíre trying to convey. Be true to the work and it will all fit together as it should.
How much time passes between an idea and the completion of a book?
Usually quite a while, years in some cases. I like to let a concept or idea nest in my head for a long while, and take form and shape and become fully realized before I attempt to put it on paper. This way, when I do, itís ready and so am I.
Do you have a certain model? (Do you take somebody as an example?)
Not really, although a large list of writers have been an inspiration to me and have influenced me (and continue to). Far too many to list here but the short answer is: yes.
Which is your best book (or favourite) of all you have written?
I canít really say, as they all have their own merits and I feel a personal connection, to one degree or another, with all my work (or I donít write it). Iíll spare you the cliché of describing them as my children, but it is impossible for me to choose one over another. That said, I can say there are some that have a deeper impact on me than others, but they all have some level of impact or I wouldnít write them.
Are there moments where you have no more ideas?
No, but there are certainly moments when I donít want to write them and wish I could get away from it all for a while. I donít get writerís block so much as I get burned out and just worn down. Writing for me, the process, is exhausting and not always all that appealing. Completion is what turns me on. Iím in the Dorothy Parker camp there, in that I love ďhaving written.Ē
Is there a certain object which always has to be present while you are writing?
Long as thereís a way to get it the hell out of me, Iím good.
How do you handle negative reviews or opinions?
I donít really pay much attention to them. I learned a long time ago that you canít please everyone (and I donít try to), and that art is subjective. The key is to not let the positive reviews go to your head and to not let the negative ones destroy you. Sometimes thatís easier said than done because as a writer one puts oneself out there. We offer the public our necks, in a sense. Sometimes they kiss it. Sometimes they cut it. Canít control it either way, so why worry about it? True constructive criticism is always welcome (particularly if it comes from a source I respect), and anything that will make my work better Iím open to and all for, but in the end, my philosophy has always been to never take myself too seriously, but to take the work very seriously. That has served me well.
Can you imagine to publish a book of a different genre?
I donít really think about genre, per se, when I write, I never have. I never set out to be a ďhorrorĒ writer or a ďcrimeĒ writer or a ďmysteryĒ writer and donít consider myself any of those things. Iím just a writer. Whatever my fiction is, it is. Iíve done things that have fallen into various genres and categories, but I donít bother with that. One of the kindest reviews I ever received described my work as a ďgenre unto itself.Ē I always loved that. I also agree with it.
Will there be a reading in germany?
I would love to do a book tour and signings in Germany eventually. My experiences with the German fans and readers, as well as the publishers Iíve worked with there, has been nothing short of fantastic. The German people could not have been kinder to me or more accepting and enthusiastic about my work and I am deeply moved by that and indebted to them for their support. So letís say I absolutely hope to get there one day soon to meet readers and all the friends and fans Iíve made there.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Loyal. Kind/Loving. Funny. Intense. Tortured.
Vielen Dank für das Interview und weiterhin viel Erfolg. Wir freuen uns auf neuen Suchtstoff ;)