Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Next Big Thing, or small

As I mentioned last post, Kathleen Kirk tagged me to write about The Next Big Thing, a questionnaire for writers on a project or book.

What is your working title of your book /story/project? 

Where did the idea come from for the book? 
In general, from reading. I’ve written a number of poems about books and reading, and a couple years ago when I was reading a stiff hardbound copy of Madame Bovary (?) or The Line of Beauty (?), it occurred to me that the “Note on the Type” at the end of the book was longer than the author’s thumbnail biography, and more interesting. I loved that – it was so full of LORE. So I set out to write some poems on imaginary typefaces, too. 

What genre does your book fall under? 
Bibliophilic poetry. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
Donald Sutherland would play the imaginary typographer Robert Crèvecoeur. The nuns in Sognidhia would be played by Winona Ryder, Keira Knightly and Natalie Portman, who all resemble each other. Daniel Craig would make a good Thomas Hardy. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
It will be published by Dancing Girl Press this year.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
It was never written as a manuscript. It came together piece by piece with separate poems over years. Some of them were published in 2007, maybe 2006. A couple others were published this month. 

What other books/poems would you compare this story to within your genre? 
Nothing comes to me immediately, but some other poems on books would be - 
I Was Sitting” by Juan Ramón Jiménez 
He ate and drank the precious words” by Emily Dickinson

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
I had a number of poems mentioning books or a specific book or writer, and then I got into the typography poems. I also was writing a poem called Inksleep, which is still under construction, and the word Inksuite came into my head and it seemed too good a word to waste. 

Other than that, the poems’ inspirations include the Russian gulag, Wallace Stevens, Chinese cabbage, Roget’s Thesaurus, Jude the Obscure.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? 
There will be a killer collage by Emmanuel Polanco on the cover. 

Links to some of the poems: 

Tagged by: Kathleen Kirk 

Tagged by me but not obliged to follow through: Charmi Keranan 
Laura E. Davis

I was supposed to tag five people, but being too busy for so much admin, I couldn't. So, instead, here are some other writers tagged in this project: 

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

So glad to hear Inksuite will be out there via dancing girl press!

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