Andrew Turhune tagged me to be a part of The Next Big Thing, a self-interview series where writers discuss recent or forthcoming projects. (Yes this is happening)
What is the title of your book?
Right now it’s Doors formerly Unfukwithable formerly before that Whatcha Finnado
Where did the idea for the book come from?
Well the idea has changed a lot and taken many different forms. Originally it came from my MFA thesis, which currently only one or two of those poems are still in it. In it’s current incantation though the manuscript (I feel bad calling it a book until it’s in print on my lap) ideas came from talks with poets who have pointed me in directions which best suit my voice.
“Yuh yuh I’d like to give a shout out to the home boy Roger Reeves and the home boy Jericho Brown for telling me to stop being a bitch and do the damn thang. Another shout out to the homeboy Phillip B. Williams for telling me to send the damn thang out there. Big ups to John Murillo, James Shea, Jonterri Gadson, and Lisa Fishman saying ‘did you know you’re doing this and probably should be doing this other thing.'”
What category does you book fall under?
I refuse to answer that dumbass question. If you’ve read any of my work you’d know. Next.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Not sure about that one, but I can tell you who I’d want nowhere near it: Angelina Jolie, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Derek Luke, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, DDL (hes just too much sometimes, it’d turn into a movie about how good his acting is rather than a movie about the content) and Wes Anderson. I’ll take Cronenberg though, he’s aight.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
This is how you grow older.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Well. Since the 1st draft was essentially my MFA thesis like I said about 2 years. But I don’t even count that first draft as the book anymore. What I consider the book I’d say [turns to the guy to the left] “what year is it…really…Imma be 30 damn…” a year and a half to 2 years.
What or who inspired the book?
Why do I feel like you’re asking me the same questions in different forms. Look it wasn’t my weed alright, I don’t know who…[awkward pause]. My bad wrong place. Um…I still feel like you’re asking me the same questions. But idk, the book comes from experience and being a writer writing is part of that experience so there’s poems about that experience as well.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well umm…………..yea…………if I get a snazy cover that would do it right?