First of all, I would like to thank Stephanie Renée dos Santos for inviting me to participate in this Blog Hop, “The Next Big Thing” and for tagging me!
Please follow Stephanie’s blog here!
I was so delighted to meet Stephanie at the 2011 Chuckanut Writers Conference here in
Whatcom County, Washington State. She told me about the historical novel she was
working on, Cut from the Earth, and I was intrigued immediately. I love historical novels.
Read Stephanie’s wonderful blogpost about her novel for “The Next Big Thing” here.
Thank you Stephanie!
So, here are my responses to set of questions for “The Next Big Thing”:
1. What is the title of your book? Is it a working title? Reclaiming Air: Poems is the title of my poetry chapbook manuscript. I’m happy with this title, but will remain open to suggestions from editors.
2. Where did the idea for your book come from? I have been writing poems about birds and poems about my family which seem to be meditations on flight, and this chapbook manuscript started coming together.
3. Who and/or what inspired you to write your book? My Dad, Likeke McBride (who died in 1993), and Mom, Sally McBride (who died in 2009), encouraged me to write. Mom read some of my first poems in early 2009 and encouraged me to write more.
4. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I wrote the bulk of the poems in Reclaiming Air: Poems in 2012.
5. What genre does your book fall under? Poetry.
6. What books would you compare yours to in your chosen genre? Wow, I’m not sure. I’m inspired by the nature poems of Mary Oliver. I have so many favorite poets. It’s difficult for me to compare Reclaiming Air: Poems at this point. I am writing poems from my experiences and my observations; I am hoping that these poems will resonate with readers.
7. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book? My chapbook contains poems about birds, family, and flight.
8. Do you have a publisher, or will you self-publish your book or seek representation? I am seeking a publisher.
9. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie or to read your work for a recording? Oh, wow — great question! I would be delighted to read my poems for an audio book. However, I’d love to have someone (another person!) with a great voice and great delivery record these poems!
10. What else about your book might pique readers’ interest? My poems are accessible, are concerned with birds, family relationships, and flight. Additionally, they
I am very honored to “introduce” the following writers and bloggers:
The poet Jennifer Bullis will post on January 28, 2013~ www.jenniferbullis.wordpress.com
Jennifer Bullis lives and writes in Bellingham, Washington. Her book Impossible Lessons: Poems is forthcoming from MoonPath Press in April 2013. Currently, she is circulating a new manuscript of persona poems and trying her hand at a lyric prose essay about adoption. She blogs about mythology and hiking at www.jenniferbullis.wordpress.com
Thank you Jennifer!
The historical novelist and educator Janet Oakley will post on January 29, 2013~ http://historyweaver.wordpress.com/
Thank you Janet!
The writer, editor, and writers’ groups leader Mary Elizabeth Gillilan will post on February 5, 2013~ www.independentwritersstudio.com
Mary Elizabeth Gillilan loves her job as editor in chief of Clover, A Literary Rag. Along with her work at Clover, she leads writers’ groups at the Independent Writers’ Studio. Breath and Shadow recently published a short story of Mary’s. Her love for poetry permeates whatever else goes on. She writes each day.
Thank you Mary!
The poet and editor Vuong Quoc Vu will post in February.
(details to follow)
Thank you Vuong!
Thank you very much to everyone for reading my post. Blessings to all, and press on with your writing and your blogging!