The Extraordinary Poet and all around fantastic woman, Elizabeth Scanlon, asked me to participate in The Next Big Thing, an ongoing network of self-interviews in which each writer tagged then tags another set of writers so that we might all know more about everyone’s up to lately.
What is the working title of the book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had a lot of poems that either were about food or eating or had food stuff in them and I thought it would be interesting to gather them up together and try and make a book with a central theme. I’ve never done this before. I loved the title of one of my poems, “American Chew” and thought it would make a great title for a manuscript even before there was one to speak of.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Giovanni Rabisi and Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
15 dollars, all you can eat, at the Super Grand Buffet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The book went through about six drafts over the course of a year.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was not consciously thinking that I was going to write a book about food and eating. The poems just came to me as they came to me and were about the things that they were about when I was writing them. In mulling it over, however, I think about food all the time, eat all the time, so, perhaps, my day to day connection with broccoli, grass fed beef, organic strawberries and brown rice, and chocolate chip cookies was my inspiration. That’s the best thing to be inspired by, anyway—the day to day stuff. Or, Whole Foods.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s funny and sad all at once. It will fill you up.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book won the Burnside Review Book Contest and will be published by Burnside Review Books in 2013.
My tagged writers for next Wednesday are: