The Next Big Thing

Thanks to Kathleen Kirk and Daniel Shapiro for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing. Please be sure to visit their blogs which are linked to at the bottom of this post.

What is your working title of your book (or story)?

I am working on a collection of poems called This is Tiny Tina. It is a book that my mother will not like.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea started at either a family reunion or a graduation party. It is the absolutely true fictionalized family history and family present and family future.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Quvenzhané Wallis would be a perfect Tiny Tina. Kathy Bates would be a killer Grandma P.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I think the one sentence that sums it up best is the first line: This is Tiny Tina. Here, though, is an excerpt:

Like many girls her age, Tiny Tina born in a hospital.  It was snowing.  It was almost Christmas.  One of her father’s headlamps was blown.

Grandma P taught Tiny Tina a song to help her remember the important things in life: a family member’s address, a neighbor’s landline phone number, a way back home through the Christmas tree farm next door. Tiny Tina watched out windows vigilantly, memorizing the stop signs between her and the bus depot. It took her just two months to learn the names of the police officers who patrolled her strip of county road, two more to know the number to dial if a problem got too big.

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

I don’t believe in self-publishing. Sorry self-publishers.

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

I’ve been working on the first draft for almost a year.

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