thanks to Tawnysha Greene for tagging me in “the next big thing.” supposedly i tag five writers to keep it going, but it’s all gone very quiet out there for the holidays, so hit me up if you want to be tagged. here are my answers:
What is your working title of your book?
Licking the Windowpane
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From a series of short memoir/fiction stories I wrote back in early-mid 2011. I arrived at over a hundred pages of these loosely connected pieces and decided to work them into a “cohesive” manuscript.
What genre does your book fall under?
Fiction/Novel/Collection of linked stories.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The boy would have to be an unnamed actor from Ireland. The mother could be played by Imelda Staunton, the father by Colm Meaney.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Licking the Windowpane is a novel of little treasures—a collection of objects and secrets discovered by a lonely, but funny, Irish boy.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book will quite likely end up published through some generous small press ready to push me forward onto the next step of the journey. Representation would be welcomed, but in the current marketplace I’m not too optimistic there’s a big enough market for the book to justify an agent taking a risk on it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The stories came together organically, over four to six months, and then another four months to complete a cohesive draft.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Justin Torres’ We the Animals (Narrative-wise), Mark Richard’s House of Prayer No. 2 (Voice), Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street (Structurally)
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The work I did about my Irish childhood was something my mentors, Jim Wilcox and Jeanne Leiby at LSU, always thought represented the strength of my narrative writing, and despite not quite believing them, I acknowledged that and went forward with this fictional narrative about a boy’s childhood in Ireland.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are strange characters in the book that pop up, like The Bird, an odd man from a town in the middle of Ireland where everyone looks very similar, and most of the inhabitants are too closely related by blood.