From Pop to Published
Leicestershire bred Giles Kristian is looking set to cover all areas of the entertainment industry. Follow his story from pop-star to publish author.
In the early nineties the world of Rothley lad Giles Kristian was turned "Upside Down" in more ways than one.
He was selected from 8000 others to head-up the boy band Upside Down, and they had a pretty successful time too with four top 20 hits.
Since then, Giles has done a string of other showbiz turns - but history and writing were always private passions, and he's now combined the two!
His first historical novel, 'Raven: Blood Eye' is out now and it tells the story of a young man in the Middle Ages in England who witnesses the Vikings arriving on our shores.
Listen: Interview with Giles Kristian
BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter spoke to Giles Kristian about his life up to now...
The conception and creation of Upside Down was followed by a BBC documentary team for a show which was almost a forerunner for the many Pop Idol style competitions we have on television now.
Giles was amazed to get a place in the band; previously he had sang with his father who was in a rock and roll band:
"One minute I was at university reading an English Literature degree, and the next minute I was on Top of the Pops and we had girls camping outside the front of the house.
"It was absolutely mind blowing!"
Despite having a great time in the band and continuing to keep up with singing, Giles states that it has always been his secondary love next to writing:
"I'm really, really happy to be writing, happy to be published, and that's where my future lies I hope. I still enjoy getting on stage and singing, that's something I'll always enjoy."
His interest in the fantasy literature genre first developed when he was stuck in bed, off school with Glandular Fever.
Since then he has devoured many a fantasy and historical novel, and set himself an ultimate dream goal to become successfully published with his own creation.
Something he has now impressively achieved and to overwhelming acclaim, including a welcomed nod from Bernard Cornwall who Giles greatly respects.
His mother wasn't quite as keen on some of the books content and called Giles a "filthy heathen savage!"
"She was very shocked I have to say, but you can't write a novel thinking, 'Oh, I wonder what mum's going to think!' Could you imagine, you wouldn't get very far."
Vikings On Film?
The Viking setting of 'Raven: Blood Eye' is of particular interest to the half-Norwegian Giles.
The sources from the period proved to be rather scant in his research, but the author definitely considers his work to be historical fiction rather than fantasy:
"Schools can't teach every era and if you're passionate about history, if you're interested in history, historical novels are things you turn to get a taste and a feel of the era.
"And so I think as a writer you do have a responsibility to make sure to the best of you're knowledge that the facts are correct and that the world you create is true to the world that existed at the time."
Now Giles lives in London, although sneaks back to Leicestershire when he can to see the Foxes, is just finishing book two of what he believes will at least be a trilogy.
Things are continuing to look on the up with even whispers of a potential film-of-the-book being discussed in LA:
"For me, I'm so excited about the book I can't even conceive of the film as well. Let's take it one step at a time."
last updated: 13/03/2009 at 15:12