I’ve been asked by Sally Deskins to participate in a kind of chain-blog that focuses on books. Here’s the description of the chain:
THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP
There are the books everyone had heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving. This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.
Here’s Sally’s description:
I was tagged by Sally Deskins, who curates the blog Les Femmes Folles, a platform for the work and perspectives of women in art. Last year she self-published Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2011, with images, excerpts, quotes and poetry with a selection of over 100 women. She’s currently working on the 2012 edition. Visit femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com for more information.
Here’s the information I add to the chain:
The blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:
1: What is the title of your book?
Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012)
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Sprung started out as three poems that were about and from the perspective of my imaginary. By the time I wrote the third poem, the character, my imaginary, had arrived, fully formed, complete with obsessions, foibles, and fears. For almost two years I wrote poems that starred my imaginary. Inspiration for the poems came, and came often. My job as the poet was simply to get the poems down on the page. After I had a few dozen, I thought maybe I had a chapbook of poems. I shuffled the poems a few ways, sent the manuscript out, and Dancing Girl Press published My Imaginary in 2010. Once I had over sixty poems and the character had vanished from my psyche, I looked through the poems and wondered if I had a book. I figured out how to put a book together, sent the manuscript out, and San Francisco Bay Press published Sprung this past September.
3: What genre does your book fall under?
poetry, humor, gender studies
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There are two main actors in my book, the persona/I and my imaginary. The actors to play the characters would be based on the director’s interpretation of the gender of each, a perspective that would vary wildly. Beyond the co-stars, Sprung includes bit parts for a full piece band, neighbors, solicitors, trick-or-treaters, a speakeasy of lindy hoppers, a townie bar, a cockfight, an adult book store, an office potluck, tourists at the Grand Canyon, and solo spots for a museum docent, a doctor, and an ex-girlfriend. I can definitely imagine Sprung as an animation.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A semi-finalist in a national contest and a full-length collection of poetry, Sprung, (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) explores gendered narratives, letting imaginary friends speak. New Orleans Review calls Sprung poetry of “natural endurance and strategy…It’s the eye of the tiger.”
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Sprung is published by San Francisco Bay Press, edited by Jeff Hewitt.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I adore poetry that makes you laugh. I love teaching Kinky by Denise Duhamel, a book entirely about Barbie. I’ve just discovered the poet Jeffery Hecker. His chapbook Hornbook (Horseless Press, 2012) is hysterical.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My imaginary was the inspiration to write, but the fodder for these poems came from fields of the Iowa, the harbors of Australia, and the backyard gardens of Midwestern cities.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Readers can watch videos recent readings from Sprung here.