Something I am looking forward to this week is leading the writer’s session in my Newcastle group, Carte Blanche, on Thursday. It’s going to be on the theme of colour. And speaking of colour, that silver-tongued divil Amos Greig of A New Ulster, talked me into this BLOGHOP and on Oonahverse on Friday, the very lovely and talented Marion Clarke treated us to a fabulous curry! Anyway part of the deal was that I answer these questions that Amos set — so here goes — please follow the links and hop about a bit and try not to fall over too much!
1) What is the title of your next book?
Oh I like that Next book eh? I am still working on a sequel/ending to A Genie in a Jam which I still hope one day to get published in print one day but so far the paper book remains a figment. I am working on a collection of my short fiction with Editor Nathan Rosen of Microhorror. I have only a working title for that — Feeling for Frontiers. And I am working on poems for collection or chapbook too but that has always been a cherished hope. I have been in a few books though this year — New Sun Rising, Twisted Tales, and Another 100 Horrors is yet to come — sequel to this book.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Genie’s inspiration is well documented as having started as Flash Fiction but Nathan suggested editing the collection and the poetry book is something I just want to do and always have since I was about 12.
3) What genre does your project fall under?
These projects are all very different – novella, short fiction and poetry. I tend to cross boundaries a lot — hence the title above.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Johnny Depp is DJ in my mind but I see a cartoon DJ too so maybe the voice of Depp. I wouldn’t say no to Ben Barnes either — I mean — who would? Or Karl Urban? I’d trust any good director to choose who played the part; so then…Hollywood here I come.
5) What is a one sentence synopsis of your work?
It’s — Eclectic.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I don’t like the thought of self publishing. I like some validation for my writing. I hope someone will eventually pick up my work and think it worthy of publication but these are hard times.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I don’t really work like that. I never really stop tinkering but the word manuscript throws me into a wild panic so I just do a bit at a time ’til things come together — then I revise, revise, revise, revise ad infinitum.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Nope. That question draws a blank. I like to think of myself as an Asimov but that would be arrogant. He had the cheek to write a story called ‘Mars Say Yes’ though — ever read that one? Made me g r o a n. And Poe? – some hopes. Poetry-wise — I don’t know — ask Don Webb.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
With Genie I am writing a book I want to read and I only wish I could illustrate it too – alas I’m not an artist but if anyone wants to collaborate… Science and History are constant sources of inspiration to me in no matter what genre and C.S. Lewis. Feeling for Frontiers has sort of a loose theme. Triads, frontiers, boundaries, territories of the mind…
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’d like to think that almost anyone who picks up my work, be it poetry, story or novella, will find something within it that will make them think about the world and life in a slightly different way.
Now allow me to introduce you to a most inspiring Blogger (who does a weekly Tuesday and Friday spot with always something to capture the imagination) and my Joint Editor of Every Day Poets– the colourful –
– Kathleen Cassen Mickleson.
Kathleen is a great colleague to work with, who became a close personal friend and we met last September when we stayed with her and her lovely family in Minneapolis — NICE — and together we launched The Best of Every Day Poets TWO
Her BLOG is called One Minnesota Writer. Go along and see what she has to say this week and how she answers those questions. It’s sure to inspire any writer!