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I was tagged by teacher, poet and all around awesome-pants guy, Dan Nowak for the “The Next Big Thing: Self Interview” meme that has been going around with a bunch of writers. I thought this was a lot of fun because it got me thinking about my project, the scope of it and where I think it’s going. Hope you enjoy reading this:

1. What is the working title of the book?

So far I was working on two projects based on myths, storytelling and media. However because of finding out that someone had finished a collection very similar to one of my project (and named it something similar to what I was thinking) I’ve combined the two projects into one. So I am working with either: The Storyteller Ghost or No One Wants to be Player 2.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Well, as I said it was a combination of two projects. I’ve always been inspired by the stories we tell and what we decide to keep secret. It’s about the loneliness of media and how we find solace in it as well.

3. What genre does the book fall under?

Non-confessional poetry (I hate how so many people conflate the speaker with the author and besides, I write in persona).

4. What actors would you choose to play a movie version of your book?

Haha, so when I imagine my work I see either Jamie Chung (UCR REPRESENT!) or Steven Yuen. Depends on where I go playing with the gender and ideas of gender roles in the media.

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

Still working on it. So far it’s in bits and pieces. I have two series that I am working on and tying them together with the narrative. I have been pounding it out everyday, so I expect to be done by the summer so when I take the manuscript workshop in the fall, it will be ready.

6. What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?

“I don’t believe in hell, but I believe in my parents’ couch.” -George Watsky

7. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wasn’t happy with the poetry I was writing so I decided, fuck it. I’m going to have fun with my writing. I don’t need a “message” or need to be “serious.” I find my writing is tighter with these poems, more poetic and more of my voice. So I started to write about things that interest me: topics of gender, media, video games, comic books and ghost stories.

8. What else about your book might pique your readers’ interests?

The book finds salvation though Princess Peach, Jubilee from the X-Men, Buffy Summers, Agent Dana Scully, & carne asada fries. Read to find out how!

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

I would prefer a small to mid-range press to take the manuscript. Or a book prize because I would love for a wide readership (being completely honest). Most of the books I read then to be small presses or mid-sized presses since most of the nigh house poets I find are sounding a little repetitive.

10. My tagged writers for next Wednesday (3/27) are:

Elisa Karbin, Megan Christopher, Nicelle Davis