what follows is my participation in 'THE NEXT BIG THING' a sort of chain-letter blog project where an author asks five other people to answer the following questions about one of the author's books, and each is meant to post their answers on their blog with links to the other authors' blogs. (i was tagged by Miles Budimir)
What is the title of the book?
The Rainbow Sweater and My Mother
Where did the idea come from for the book?
have had many unusual encounters with strangers, wondrous
synchronicities with acquaintances and complex relationships with those i
let my heart to. often, it is the encounters, the synchronicities that
reassure me during the various trials i have faced. they have
fostered a strong belief in a kind of karma---the Buddhist idea that we
'deserve' each other---that we are born to our mothers because our
mothers deserve us, and vice versa, and so forth, with all of the people
we must interact with. (our history teacher deserves us, we deserve our brother). my personal take on
that definition of karma is that we can glean from even our worst
enemies and transgressors even as we glean from those we admire, those
who support and love us. and ultimately, that life takes care of us so
long as we are in earnest (so gleaning) striving for good. it is this idea, or belief
that has kept me sane and forward-moving and perhaps by showing how i
came to believe in such a 'karma' it may enable a reader to decide they
do not need a net, tether or harness, that they are who controls their
fate, and that inside of them resides every answer they could seek.
What genre does your book fall under?
is a memoir, or rather two memoirs in a single volume. the first
examines karma, love, LSD, and perseverance, and the second
confronts complicity, daughterhood, abuse, justice and independence.
What actors would you choose to play the part
of your characters in a movie rendition?
i think the girl from
Juno could play me, since people note a similarity there. Daniel Day
Lewis could be the bike mechanic, Phillip Seymour Hoffman could play
Cello. there is no actor who could successfully do my husband Brian
any justice. so i might hire him to play himself.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your
book?girl uses spirituality, psychedelics and poetry to unravel the shroud about her true self.
How long did it take you to write the first
draft of the manuscript?
nine months or so to write the first book, an additional four months to write the second.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?(see answer to first question)
What else about your book might pique the
the setting (Cleveland) and various mentions of members of the small press/underground poetry scene.
Is your book self-published or represented by
i published this on my own as a Green Panda Press
work. i really wanted this book to be entirely the way i designed it,
and, i felt a strong urgency to get it out there and read. so for the
sake of not wasting time and not wanting to make compromises, it became a DIY.
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for the purpose of the chain i have tagged Steven B. Smith, Cleveland poet and artist, long-time publisher of the famed ArtCrimes anthologies, and author of Criminal, along with John Swain, Louisville poet and author of Prominences and White Vases. Their answers will be posted to their blog on 2/13/13.
check out John Swain's answers here.
check out Smith's answers here.