Publisher: Crazy Duck Press (CDP)
Date of Publication: August 2011
Number of pages: 266
A: That is a great question. I’d have to say, “Death was a dream of sleep where the eternally dying dream the sleep of death.” Shortly after releasing DG, one of the readers made a post on Facebook quoting this line. So, I made a poster with it and the rose-covered skeleton illustration from the cover.
Q: Convince readers to buy DEAD GIRL in 25 words or less.
A: A paranormal murder mystery where the victim must discover her killer before she decays, all the while being followed by a murder of crows.
Q: Reading your bio (below) made my head spin. You’ve been busy! Plays, books, music, poetry… What are three of your favorite accomplishments as a writer, editor, musician?
A: Well, as a writer that’s easy. My three favorite accomplishments are my 3 fiction novels, Blood Junky, Love in Vein, and Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge. Just the fact that I’ve written and published them is a testament of faith and will. As an editor, I’d have to break it up into two editing categories –Film Editing and Literary Editing. So for film editing, I’m really proud of the work accomplished in the award-winning documentary film, Committing Poetry in Times of War. The editing style allowed the multi-layered aspects of the story to come through, plus I got to edit some amazing poetry from some amazing poets! For literary editing, I’d single out Vampire News: The (not so) End Times Edition. I really love what Bertena and I accomplished with that title. It is comprehensive and entertaining, crossing the vampire genre with its real-world counterpart, which makes it unique. Recently, I edited a series of English-written medical articles from a Russian nurse and they were published. Just the sheer amount of language and technical obstacles that were overcome to see it through to where they were accepted by the press is a wonderful feeling. As a musician, I do like the composition work I did on Committing Poetry in Times of War, but most of my favorite accomplishments have never been heard, and most likely wont be. They all involve that moment where you connect with another person, another soul, in creative expression and create something that you both like and feel good about. Though, I have some recordings from some of those experiences, they aren’t there yet, as song writing and song recording are two different things. You can write a song for free, but recording it properly…well, that’s entirely different.
Q: What’s one of your biggest fears?
A: I am currently living within my biggest fear, and learning to accept and deal with it. I know that may peak some curiosity, but I’d rather not get all into right now.
Q: Name three things you can’t live without.
A: Oxygen, Water, & Food
(Very funny, Stavros. :-))
*Thanks for having me here today!
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/ictTDRLWx9c
In 1999, he won an Official Selection into the Writer’s on the Edge Festival for his play, The Redline. In 2001, he created the Poetry Television Project for public cable access in Albuquerque, NM. All eight volumes of Ptv’s ground-breaking show were broadcast to over 100,000 viewers on a network of regional PAC channels throughout the Southwest and Baltimore. He helped to launch Unpublished Magazine, sponsored the monthly poetry series, The Word Café, in the Duke city, and produced a political compilation, Poetic Democracy. In 2007, he released the award-winning documentary film, Committing Poetry in Times of War.
In 2010, he launched the production management company, Organic Ghetto, and released its first imprint, Crazy Duck Press, with his first novel, Blood Junky. Blood Junky received exceptional praise and review, even being called "one of the best vampire novels ever written," by Living Dead Media. The following year he helped to launch BioGamer Girl, undertook a bigger East coast tour where he began selling his original photographic art, and released two new novels through Crazy Duck Press. Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge features a stunning full-color cover and twelve black and white illustrations from tattoo artist, Charles Hearn. Blood Junky’s sequel, Love in Vein, cemented the One Blood series with its continuation of the story, garnering such review as to claim that the book and the series is "comparable with, and at times surpasses, the 'Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice."
In 2012, Stavros joined forces with the Vampire Professor, Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed, to co-create the nonfiction annual anthology, Vampire News, and officially became a Fangsmith with the creation of Organic Ghetto's second imprint, Kaos Kustom Fangs. He rounded out the year by writing and editing screenplays for the One Blood Transmedia Project, recording Dead Girl as an audio book, and undertaking his biggest national marketing campaign, The Book & Fang Tour.In 2013, he and the Vampire Professor released the second volume of Vampire News: The (not so) End Times Edition and is currently working on writing and growing his imprints. Stavros is also a musician who has scored commercials, film shorts, documentaries, and television programs.