Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Next Big Thing.

The lovely Wendy Ortiz tagged me in this interview chain.  I am excited to read Wendy's book, Hollywood Notebook when it comes out next year.   Wendy created a tumblr which I can't get into just yet, but it does look fun.

I do have this random blog - who knew? And so here are my answers to the Next Big Thing thing... 
What is your working title of your book or work in progress?
Turning Cozy Dark
Where did the idea come from for the book?
My uterus?  No, really - I started working on my MFA around the time we were “trying” to start a family.  I was writing a lot and then motherhood seeped in to all aspects of my life. 
I didn't set out to write a book about it all.  The poems come from a longer manuscript which is taking me some time to finish.  I decided to compile this chapbook since “some time” could mean a long, long time.  And it was kind of fun. 
What genre does your book fall under?
I’m not a fan of labels.  But it’s poetry. 
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
OK, I am so out of touch with anything Hollywood or entertainment related that I cannot answer this!  When I flipped on the Oscars to see Anne Hathaway speaking I was all oh, I wonder what she was in?  
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Woman meets body beets motherhood meets joy meets exhaustion meets isolation meets loss meets isolation meets love love love. 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Finishing Line Press in June of this year.  
Pre-publication sales are set to begin March 18 (wink).  Self promotion actually makes me quite nauseous, just like publishing some of these poems.  You could help me out with this.  I think it goes into May.  The book is $12 so you could even save up like $1.50 a week and procrastinate a bit.   There's a discount on shipping if you buy it in the pre sale.  Thanks so much. 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
These poems were written over a couple of years -  from when I figured out how to tell I was ovulating to just after the saddest day of my life so far. 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are many amazing poets who write directly or indirectly about these subjects.  I think our journeys are unique and it is hard to compare. 
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Undoubtedly, the creatures that have quite literally delivered me into motherhood -- my husband, my first baby, and the baby girl that lives in my soul. 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I did sink my car once.  There’s a pantoum about that.  I stopped at that lake last week.  The car sunk right where these guys were ice fishing.  It sunk fast.  That’s why we can’t have nice things. 

Thanks for reading.  I’m going to tag Gayle Brandeis, Edwin Lyngar and fellow blogspotter Alan Stewart Carl, so I can hear more about their next big things.