The Next Big Thing: The Weather Report

“The Next Big Thing” asks writers to self-interview about their books, post online and then “tag” writers for the next week to do the same.

Thanks to Conuelo Rolands (The Good Cemetery Guide and Lady Limbo) who tagged me. Read her wonderful interview here.

I could have told you about my debut poetry collection These are the lies I told you but decided instead to interview myself about my new collection: The Weather Report (which is actually not finished! so no pressure then!)

What is your working title of your book?

Venus in Detriment – which is the title of one of the poems in the collection. I have now settled on The Weather Report – also a poem in the collection. The Weather Report is a more hopeful title I think.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

There were a number of poems that didn’t make it into my first collection, (These are the lies I told you, 2010) and as I am always writing – poems started to accumulate. It felt like the right time to put another collection together.

What genre does your book fall under?


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

My poetry has been described as sassy, sexy, funny, direct – so someone who could portray this easily. A combination of Helen Hunt and Jodie Foster maybe? And Javier Bardem to play the smaller male roles. (I see Consuelo wants him for Lady Limbo as well!)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A sexy, sassy, funny (I can see a pattern here), and sometimes sad look at relationships and then dipping into melancholia before philosophising about home and travel!

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

uhmmmm it’s not finished yet…

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

uhmmmm it’s not finished yet…

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would have to start with my first collection These are the lies I told you– there are some similar themes (sex, love, lust, relationships) but in my new collection I also look at death and melancholy.

On a good day I would like to be compared to poets like Sharon Olds, Julia Copus, Finuala Dowling, Bev Rycroft, Ingrid de Kock…

On other days I realise that I am just me – and all I can do is learn more about poetry and continue to write with the voice that I have.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I am continually inspired to write poetry – inspired by my life and events happening around me. This particular book came together because I felt I had enough poems to put into a second collection.

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

The Weather Report like Lies follows a narrative but The Weather Report has also been described as containing a ‘maturity of technique’ and a ‘sophistication of design’.

Bonus question: so when are you going to finish the collection?

uhmmmm – like I said no pressure…. but soon – it is only one or two poems away from completion!

(Note from Interviewee: I just want to say that I found some of the questions posed by the interviewer as a  bit harsh and probing – I DID say upfront that the manuscript is not finished!)

My tagged writers for next week, 8 April 2013, are: Pam Newham and Robin Winckel (I will be hosting Robin as a guest blogger here on my website)