THE NEXT BEST THING Blog Hop…Hoping to Be


The Next Big Thing Hop: the traveling blog that asks authors who they consider the NEXT BIG THING, and then has them pass along the questions for those authors to answer in their blogs.

Thank you Valjeanne Jeffers for tagging me! Read hers here.

Rules are: Answer ten questions about your current Work In Progress on your blog. Tag five writers / bloggers and add links to their pages so we can hop along to them next.

What is the working title of your book…
The working title is “…And the Water Breaks…”.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had to do a final project for the journalism/creative writing part of my major and I decided to do a poetry collection. At first, I was going to call it “The Story of a Strange Sista,” but the poems I was writing had themes that included motherhood, women, water, mythology, word play, and goddesses, so my professor asked me to changed the name that would better suit it. I kind of put it on the back-burner for a few months, but I decided to reopen it and start editing.

What genre does your book fall under?
It is poetry, but the subtitle is “a poetic automythology.”

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

Since it’s poetry, I have no idea. If a movie were to made of it (something like Ntozake Shange “For Colored Girls…”), maybe any up and coming unknown actors.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Here is a part of my introduction: “God is the numinous power of the word, but who was there before God spoke his watery waves to put forth the world into existence – the watery abyss, the underworld, the silence, the realm of the unconscious, the mysterious past and the dark matter.”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am sending my novel into a poetry collection contest at the end of the month.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me one semester in college, which is about three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Think of poetry themes found in the works of Saul Williams, Tracy K Smith, Robert Duncan, Nathaniel Mackey. Basically mythological poetry.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Reading about old mythology, pagan religions, mysticism, and gnosticism, especially about women and goddesses, around the world inspired the book.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If my manuscript wins or I publish it myself, I will have a giveaway contest for it. But that will be next year.

Below are my tags of other authors:

Kenya Wright – Fantasy Floozies

Ibi Zoboi

Zetta Elliot – Fledgling

E.P. Beaumont

Kwan Booth – Boothism

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