Interview Project: The Next Big Thing

I got tagged for this book interview project by the awesome and talented Jason Bayani, who was himself tagged by Sally Delehant who, last year, released her first collection of poems “A Real Time of It” . You can purchase at the link. The basic premise is a series of writers with recently released and upcoming books post it on their blog or webpage and then tag others to do the same thing next week.

What is the working title of the book?

Any Psalm You Want

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It wasn’t a concept thing. I basically knew I had enough quality writing to compile the poems into a book. So first I went with the poems that I felt were strong enough and also wore my most current voice. After that, I narrowed the poems down to those that could comfortably share a bed together. Of course my perception of “comfort” and “bed” and “together” may be a little unusual. But hey, it’s poetry.

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry, Séance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

A shitload of black people. And a few white folks. And one Mexican lady. So whoever could fit those roles are welcome to be cast.

Visually, the film would be a little opaque. The sound would run through your skin and stick to the bone.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

This is, more than anything, a music book, in both content and style.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

They were just about all written within the last four years. Most of them within the last two.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I had a quietly tumultuous handful of years, and these poems were what appeared during that time period. There is a through line, but it’s more of a web.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you’re into unpredictability, you’ll have fun reading this book from start to finish without skipping ahead. It’s an intriguing ride. Also, the beginning of the book is connected to the ending, though it may not seem like it. I bet you’ll find the link.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Any Psalm You Want is due to be published May 2nd by Write Bloody Publishing. The preview link is here:

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Lillian Bertram

Michael Mlekoday

L. Lamar Wilson


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