Book Q & A: Second Manuscript

I was tagged by Kelli and Collin for this meme. Here’s a bit of info on m’script #2.

(I don’t believe in tagging, but if I did I would tag Erin Dionne. If you want to answer the questions, consider yourself tagged.)

What is the working title of your book? 
Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, September 2014)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Gosh, I was looking around for a title for my second collection and nothing really took. Conversion Theory was the original title. But I think it was a summer day when I was at a local park by the water with my good friend Colleen, and she was telling me about these two islands that sit off the coast of Beverly, Great Misery and Little Misery. Somehow, I connected it to my divorce—this convo must have been sometime in 2009. From there I wrote the long poem that is the centerpiece of the book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Halle Berry. If Michelle Obama could act …

And if Hugh Jackman played my ex, I would play myself in the movie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
The poems from my second collection Misery Islands blend the geographical and metaphorical landscapes of family, divorce, and the choices we make to find out who we are truly meant to be.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
A year or two.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
Divorce takes things to a new level—endless grist for the mill.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
I have a poem called "C*nt" that I am debating whether or not to publish. It may be too late, but I don’t feel as strongly about it as I once did.

FYI third manuscript is tentatively titled The Hurting Time. I should really think about cheerier titles for my books.


carolee said…
i love what you say here: the choices we make to figure out who we are meant to be!
January said…
Happy New Year, Carolee! Please tell me you are coming to AWP?

Collin Kelley said…
Looking forward to the second collection!

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