Alexis Orgera, amazing poet and blogger and teacher and all-around great person, tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing interview. Thanks Alexis!
What is the working title of the book?
I have a chapbook titled CITY OF TOMORROW being published by Greying Ghost Press sometime in the coming year. I have a full-length I’m calling ITHACAS that I’m submitting to contests and open reading periods currently.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
|Downtown OKC in the 1960s.|
|Biltmore Hotel Demolition. |
Photo by Paul B. Southerland, from Daily Oklahoman archive.
Gus woke up a lot during the night and I spent a lot of time rocking him back to sleep. It was during this time that I got the idea to write a novel about a character undergoing a gender transition at the same time that the city was undergoing a transition of its own and the hospital was deciding the fate of the Gender Identity Foundation. I never wrote the novel but I did write a long poem.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
CITY OF TOMORROW: David Bowie in 1977 would be the lead character. The doctor figure would be David Bowie in 2013. And the jazz musician would be Danny Glover.
ITHACAS: I would make my acting debut.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Instead of a synopsis, I’ll quote a representative line from the books.
CITY OF TOMORROW: “death and rebirth are constantly fighting /on some cosmic plain that half-resembles that barren field.”
ITHACAS: “Always becoming / nothing.”
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
CITY OF TOMORROW: I wrote and revised it in January 2013 but had been thinking about it for two years.
ITHACAS: I wrote the poems between 2006-2012 but spent the last half of 2012 revising, editing, working on arrangement, etc.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
CITY OF TOMORROW: See long-winded answer above.
ITHACAS: Louise Gluck, Alain de Botton, Facebook, and walking to work sometimes.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Greying Ghost Press is publishing CITY OF TOMORROW. Who knows about ITHACAS.
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