My wonderful friend Chioma Okereke tagged me for “The Next Big Thing,” a blog tour of upcoming projects by writers.
• What is the working title of your next book?
• Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have been working on this book so long that it is difficult to say. I’m a bit obsessed by twins (my zodiac sign is Gemini), and at the center of the story is a pair of magical twins. I was staring at a painting (that I now own) by my friend frank d. robinson, jr. In the painting a mother is morning the death of one of her twins. I wanted to explore what an absence like that would mean to the left behind sibling. What would it feel like to have a loss that no one believes that you should even register?
• What genre does your book fall under?
• What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I think I’ll leave the casting for the movie people.
• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Who has to bear the weight of dreams realized and denied?
• Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will seek agency representation shortly.
• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A year for the first draft. A decade of revision.
• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I love novels that show a community or family over time and trauma.
• Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I am still obsessed by the shadow that the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. cast on the city of Memphis, TN. The twins of my novel are born as Dr. King is dying.
• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There is magic and mystery with a soul music backdrop.
Here are the other stops on the tour:
Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street and 2012 winner of Nigeria’s biggest prize for literature, the NLNG Prize. http://www.chikaunigwe.com
Rosa Rankin-Gee, Paris Literary Prize 2011 Winner and author of The Last Kings of Sark, forthcoming by Virago. en-gb.facebook.com/rosarankingee
Bassey Ikpi, a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam, poet, writer and founder of the Siwe Project – a global non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global black community. http://www.basseyworld.live