Authors have been playing tag and I’m it. The game is to answer certain questions and tag two other authors and pass it on.
I’m playing because my friend C.Leigh Purtill,http://www.cleighpurtill.blogspot.com/
author, dancer, choreographer, film maker, screenwriter, educator and all around vivacious fellow Gemini tagged me on her Blog. (Leigh and I share our birthdays, May 26, please don’t leak this important information to wiki!)
When I read C.Leigh Purtill the book pages glide and I find myself in a world which I’m sure she has meticulously created with her notorious attention to detail. But then she has magically made her story flow effortlessly by using her intimate voice and her gripping plots. She draws us in and connects us to her characters and places so seamlessly that we can’t help but genuinely care to find out what becomes of these folks and situations next. But that’s not all, when her books end I always think I’ve learned something about myself. She’s really a great and deep thinker and a master of letting us see ourselves by reading her literary work without even a hint of a preach. Pick a paper or an e-copy of her books and enjoy.
I will now try my best to reply or dodge the below questions which passed on to me as a part of the tag game.
The truth is I’m not too comfortable talking about what I’m working on at this very minute, (I am working on young adult novel) but I can use these questions to tell you about one of my upcoming books, the most immediate one which will be out in 2014.
After you’re done reading my answers please scroll on to see who I’m tagging next.
- What is the title of your work-in-progress?
Soccer Star - yippee it’ll be out in 2014 – I’m doing some copyediting on that.
2. Where did the idea come from?
The idea to write the book was popped to me as a why not question from my editor. “Mina why not write a…?”
3. What genre does your book come under?
Picture Book of the literature milieu.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Donkey from Shreck, I mean it. I’m not being an idiot! Or am I? After you read my book you’ll see, oh and Bono, he can play in it too, Sonia Baraga, or … okay … , pass on this question.
5. One sentence synopsis for your book?
An homage to a special creed of players with a hint of Mina stuff, you know, that wanting to change the world with my art bug I got going on in my own tormented world while everyone laughs at my naiveté and mainly pays no attention to me. (Phew long sentence)
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
My book is going to be published by Candlewick Press.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Honestly I didn’t time it, but oh roughly a few months to get the entire first draft down. By first draft I mean the initial manuscript which truly no longer resembles anything to what I have right now. Sometimes I feel writing is like running a 30K course, the first 5K you’re beginning to slowly warm up for a warm up. So to all you aspiring writers I can’t reiterate enough the importance of re-writes.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I wish I knew of even a single one on this subject, because universe knows we need more of these in the picture book world. At the risk of sounding incredibly narcissistic I have to admit this book is a perfect compliment to my other book GOAL!
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My editor, my publisher, inspired me and I think that is the best kind of inspiration in the whole wide world. Why is that the best inspiration? Because they know me and they trust in what I’m capable of. So they hinted a very general subject and left me with it. When I showed them what I had they liked it! Now that’s truly something. To be able to connect through my art with my readers is one amazing feat but having editors who get me and believe in me is cloud nine material.
10.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Realities of life are not to be hidden from our children. Children are interested, they care and not only do they understand everything but in fact they understand better than us. They are not marred by adulthood greed, selfishness and close mindedness. They will learn and they will change our world. I want to be among the ones who tell them about our world. I want to be among the adults who do not talk down to children. I respect their intelligence immensely and I sure hope their parents and teachers will also like my book.
And Now …Drum Roll Please…
I hereby tag the accomplished and supportive author/ illustrator
I have to pinch myself when I think Roxie is my friend! I’ll never forget seeing her for the first time in New York and how she graciously showed me her studio. I knew she was a friend instantly as we sat there and talked about life, politics and the arts.We could sit there all day and all night and carry on our rapport and try to solve all the problems of the world together and at once. She is my kind of people, a prolific artist and a phenomenal human being with ideas way ahead of her time. Not only can she paint the sort of art adorning myriad of The New York Times covers but she’s at the forefront of book apps. know how too! She covers the entire gamut and I can’t say enough about her. Visit her website and immerse yourself in a large body of work created by this artist.
My second tag goes to my my fellow author friend
Mr. Wade Bradford
Wade and I met when a bunch of authors, agents and editors were heading out to a restaurant in LA. We immediately started talking and relating as we are both parents, goof balls, and authors or as he describes himself “brilliant, amazing and humble”. Potato- tomato!
Wade is a college professor, a filmmaker, a famous playwright and an all around author. I’ll never forget the comment he made when we were introducing ourselves the first time to each other, “Wow let me get this straight, so Mina first you became an architect and then you chose to be an author, hmm, you seem to have a knack for picking impossible careers!” Wade is a bright individual with a marvelous sense of humor. I think his picture book Why Do I have to Make My Bed? Is a gem of hilarity and history.