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The Next Big Thing

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The Next Big Thing is a blog project whereby writers answer the questions below on their blogs or websites then tag five others to do the same the following week.  I was tagged by Melissa Buckheit.

What is the working title of the book?

The Co Durham Miner's Granddaughter's Farewell to the Harlan County Miner's Grandson. Snappy, huh?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

From my interest in folk- and labour song; also an interest in medieval lyric.  The first half of the book is made up of original poems; the second half is comprised of loose versions--not really translations--of songs and poems from medieval Occitan and Irish.

What genre does your book fall under?


Give a one sentence synopsis of your book.

The Co Durham Miner's Granddaughter's Farewell to the Harlan County Miner's Grandson.

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

Few books of poems get made into movies!  But I would like to see a movie version of the story of Liadan and Curithir. I think Susan Lynch would make a great Liadan, she has those strong fierce looks.  Curithir needs a much weaker face. Maybe Padraic Delaney? I'd also like a part for Guillem Figuera, a version of whose satire against the papacy appears in the book, in a huge mega-budget historical epic about the Albigensian crusade. It'd be a good cameo for Roberto Benigni.

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

The earliest work in the book dates from 2006; the latest from last year.  But it only took a couple of days to put the manuscript together, it's that old-fashioned thing, a book of stand-alone lyrics.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Ballads and songs, mainly, many of them by the great Anon. Quite a few of the poems in the first half are autobiographical: the only version in that part of the book is of Anna Akhmatova's "To Alexander Blok", which reminded me of a much-loved mentor.

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

It's all ABSOLUTELY true.  Except for the bits that are lies.

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

It's coming out with Knives Forks and Spoons Press this year.

I've tagged: Ginna Wilkerson & 4 others...