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Amber Benson - "Death’s Daughter" Novel - Ifmagazine.com Interview Part 2
The conclusion of iF Magazine’s exclusive Amber Benson interview has her
comments on Internet social networking, her favorite parts of her debut
solo novel DEATH’S DAUGHTER and what she’s doing now.
iF : You’ve recently gotten very into Facebook, Twitter and blogging.
Is this to promote DEATH’S DAUGHTER, or are you fascinated by social
BENSON : Well, I just felt like, to really connect with
the base of people that I became friendly with because of BUFFY, that
the social media outlets were a really good way to get the word out
that I was writing and that the book was coming out and that DRONES
would be coming out. And a friend of mine, Hal Lublin, and his father
have a company called Buzz Builders. He’s in the THRILLING ADVENTURE
AND SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE HOUR [a monthly stage production at the M Bar
in Hollywood in which Benson sometimes performs]. Hal [said], "You
really should incorporate social media networking into your publicity
plan. You reach a lot of people that way." He was so right [laughs].
I’ve always been fascinated with blogging. He [said], "Don’t just blog,
Twitter, do Facebook, do it all." So many people [say], "I didn’t know
you were writing, I didn’t know you wrote books." I think I’ve gotten
the word out in the way that you wouldn’t be able to get it out any
other way. This is a new thing and I’m trying to use it in the best
possible way. I’d always been kind of leery of it, because I’m very
private, and I didn’t want to share things that I didn’t want to talk
about. And then I just realized, I can do what I want with it. I don’t
have to talk about private things. I can use this as a way of doing
business and letting my fans know what I’m up to and engaging them. I
feel a lot better about [doing book signings than convention
appearances based solely on acting], because I feel like I’m not just
saying, "Hey, I’m an actor and here I am, come see me." I’m like, "Hey,
I’m writing something, come get the book, meet me, I’ll sign it," and
we have this give and take. I’m selling you a product, rather than just
saying, "Hey, here I am." I feel like I’m asking you to come chat with
me about my book. And that’s a totally different thing. I’m really
proud of the book. I want to hear what people have to say about it.
I’ve been blogging, "People, if you’ve read it, let me know what you
think. Give me your reviews." I’m very curious.
iF : Are you looking to go between writing novels and filmmaking and acting ?
BENSON : Yeah. I just did an episode of PRIVATE
PRACTICE. It’s fun. I love being on sets, I love working, but
filmmaking is just awesome. When you’re in control, when you’re in
charge, when you’re large and in charge, it’s so much fun. And then
books are the best, because you have total control over everything you
do. There’s nobody to say, "Nope, you can’t …" I have Ginjer, who’s
helping me make it better, but she’s not [saying], "No, stop. That
character would never do that." She’s just so supportive and lets me do
iF : Do you have a greater satisfaction writing novels or writing a screenplay that you’re going to direct ?
BENSON : I don’t know – I don’t feel like it’s more or
better or I get more excited about it because it’s going to become a
film. I think just the act of creation itself is kind of intoxicating
and enthralling. Because I see it all in my head when I’m writing prose
anyway. It’s like I made a movie with DEATH’S DAUGHTER. Because I see
everything, I know what everybody looks like, I know what the world is,
I know how it smells and feels and tastes. I play the whole movie in my
iF : What are your favorite parts of DEATH’S DAUGHTER ?
BENSON : Oh, the Gopi. They’re my favorite. I love them
so much. Traditionally, they’re Krishna’s milkmaids. They go and have
sex with him possibly, they’re his followers, they love him so much.
And I thought, "Wouldn’t it be fun if they were like attack Gopi, they
could go and kick some butt and they were assassins, almost ?" I just
love them. I love all the stuff with the Gopi. It just makes me so
happy every time – I get giddy when I think about the Gopi. They’re
just awesome. [laughs]
iF : What are you doing next ?
BENSON : I’ve got to finish the third book and then I’m
going to be without a job after this third book is done. We’re
finishing DRONES and Adam and I cowrote a script called SMILE that we’d
like to do. It has a little indie music component to it. But [working
on] the book’s right now.
iF : How do you define yourself now – are you a writer, or a filmmaker, or an actress, or someone who does all these things ?
BENSON : [laughs] I am Amber of the Many Arms – like
Ganesha, with an elephant head and lots of arms. [laughs] I never
forget anything and I can grab anything [gestures illustratively].
iF : It’s a great pity we don’t have a camera.
BENSON : I’m just continuing to do whatever interests me.
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|Sujet: Re: Amber Benson Mer 04 Avr 2012, 10:21|| |
ITW toute fraiche d'Amber
Amber Benson is best known for Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and her role as Tara Maclay, the shy witch who made up half of a lesbian couple considered pioneering in its portrayal. But now, the actress, director and comics writer is making a name for herself in the world of young adult fiction. Benson’s latest novel, “How to Be Death,” is the fourth installment in her Calliope Reaper-Jones series, which follows a young woman forced to take over the family business: Death, Inc. Hero Complex caught up with Benson, who talked about her writing career and project on the horizon. She was also pleased, as you’ll see below, to hear that the reporter was named Noelene Clark.
HC: How did you make the transition from acting to writing? Have you always wanted to write novels?
AB: I got into prose writing via comics. I actually was approached by Christopher Golden to write some Willow and Tara comics for “Buffy.” They did really well. Terry Moore actually did the art for some of them, and they’re just beautiful. They’re real women, too, which was nice. They have real bodies. They’re not, like, skinny, anorexic-looking characters, which drive me nuts. Willow and Tara, the comics look beautiful and real. And then the BBC approached us about creating a show for them, so Chris and I wrote this thing called “Ghosts of Albion,” which was an animated show with Emma Samms and Anthony Daniels, who was C-3PO in the “Star Wars” movies, and then we novelized that universe for Random House. I was terrified, because I had never written full-blown prose before. I’d only written really weird little short stories and bad poetry. Really bad poetry about flowers dying and blood flowing. But Chris was like, “You have to write prose now.” It was sort of like going to Chris Golden University. I learned how to be a prose writer from him. Then I wanted to write something on my own, and I came up with this Calliope Reaper-Jones series. And then we have to talk about the fact that you have “Noelene” as your name! That is the name of the character from my middle-grade series “Among the Ghosts.” Noleen-Anne. It’s really awesome. It’s a ghost story that takes place at a boarding school, about a girl who can see the ghosts of all the kids that have died while attending the school, and she has to solve a mystery, and she’s really cool and smart. They call her “Noh” for short.
HC: Can you tell us a little about Calliope? What sets her story apart from others in the genre?
AB: I wanted to create a character who was flawed. Because I feel like especially with urban fantasy and paranormal romance, there’s a lot of characters, a lot of protagonists who are given these supernatural powers, and they immediately accept the call to duty, and there’s never a question. And that was what was so great about Buffy is that she was sort of like, “I don’t know if I want to do this. I think maybe I just want to be a normal girl.” And so I wanted to bring that into my character. I wanted a character who was like, “I don’t think I want to, like, be death. I don’t think I want to run a giant supernatural corporate entity. I want to be like a normal girl. I’m interested in fashion and shopping and boys and food. And I don’t want to be immortal and see everybody I love that’s mortal die around me as I stay alive for the rest of eternity.”
AB: There’s this sort of fear of death that we all have as human beings, the loss of self. I wanted to address that in this book, also. Because there are all these different religions, and all these different ways of living, and maybe they all can exist together, and that’s what the books are kind of about. All these sort of realities and these mythological characters and religions coexist, and they’re all right and they’re all wrong at the same time.
HC: Is there a common thread between the characters you play and the characters you write? A common characteristic that you feel drawn to?
AB: People who don’t fit in. That’s what I want to write about. Because I’ve always felt like I don’t fit in. I’ve always felt like that odd man out. I feel like the missing piece, looking for the whole. I think that’s what’s engaging for me when I write. I want a character that’s searching for something. ‘Cause I think we’re all looking. And I feel like we all don’t quite fit. Even though there are people out there who say that they fit, I don’t know if they actually do, or if inside, they really feel that they do. So I wanted to talk about that with my characters. My characters are always on the lookout for their crew.
HC: And that’s very much Calliope.
AB: That’s very much Calliope, and that’s Tara from “Buffy,” too. She was looking, and she was open to finding her family and finding friends that treated her with respect and liked her for who she was, and they weren’t looking for anything other than what she was. That was what was appealing about that character and playing that character, and writing those kind of characters. Because I think we can all identify for that search for finding other people like us.
HC: What else do you have coming up?
AB: I’m working on a Web series right now with ["Buffy" actor] Adam Busch. He and I co-directed it. It’s called “Girl on Girl,” which I know sounds like pornography, but it is not. It’s about a couple of girls who live in Los Angeles, and they’re trying to meet men. It’s very much in the vein of “Absolutely Fabulous.” They sort of are a mess and their own worst enemies. They undercut themselves and they never quite get to hook it up with the dudes they want to hook it up with. It’s really cute.
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