“The Next Big Thing”

9781936138524_Leave_COVER copy(1)I was tagged by Donna Hilbert for the blog-o-sphere interview, “The Next Big Thing,” and I’m sharing my responses below –

What is the title or working title of your book?
Leave Here Knowing, published by Wind in February 2013.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
From wherever poems come from. It is my belief that if there is not at least one line in a poem that just comes into one’s mind, then the poem will not be any good.

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
LHK is a book of poems, but there are some characters in the poems. Kali could be played by Salma Hayek or Kim Kardashian (just kidding here), Lilith by Tilda Swindon, Sappho by Angelina Jolie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It is the record of the spiritual journey of who I am as an individual in this incarnation through time and space. (I know!)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is published by Wind Publications, editor Charlie Hughes.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Some poems are as recent as a year ago; some are from twenty years ago – most are within the last ten years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I hope all the poets I’ve loved, whose names are legion, show up here in some way.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are poems about mothers, poems written from the point of view of past lives, poems attempting to allegorize Bardo, and poems about being both a material and spiritual being and living at the intersection of these two worlds.

Donna’s most recent book of poems is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, and her blog is at http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3748273-the-next-big-thing



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