Shit like this makes me happy and makes me want to write more.
— Flannery O’Connor
So don’t get me wrong “Bridesmaids” was a good comedy for women and all but come on people! How could we forget Mean Girls, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Clueless. All in which were written by women with strong female characters waaaaaaay before Bridesmaid. All those movies were funny as hell (if not funnier then Bridesmaids - in my personal opinion)
Not to mention Clueless was written AND directed by a women… just saying.
Safia Elhillo tagged me in an online project called “The Next Big Thing” where writers with a recent or forthcoming book answer a series of questions, and then tag other writers to do the same. :)
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE BOOK?
"Strong. Female. Character."
WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?
The idea/title came to me while I was working as a Production Assistant for a film company and was told when reading scripts I had to find the ideal “Strong Female Character” and well that was freaking difficult. Then I realized over time, I’ve spent my whole life trying to find/become my own. So I went on my own self discover/quest.
Also I had never published a book of poetry before, not even a chap book so I felt like I needed to get this done!
WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?
Strange Unicorn-awesomness. And I guess for the scholars who care: “Poetry”
WHAT ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY THE CHARACTERS OF THE BOOK IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
(I love this question!) Being a massive movie nerd I’ve always approach writing a poem as though I am scripting a short film.
I would get Kerry Washington to play Lady Macbeth because I love her and she’s a sexy badass.
The poem that I wrote to frank ocean, I hope its played by me and well frank ocean… (Can we make this happen?!)
Michael Fassbender’s role in Steve McQueen’s movie “Hunger” inspired my poem “Bobby Sands.” So that is already casted perfectly.
And well I’ve always hoped and dreamed that Morgan Freeman or Christopher Walken would just read one of my poems.
Then if we can get Tina Fey or J Cole involved somehow…
WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
(This is hard! But ok.)
A poetic tale about a girl raised by strong men who realizes strong men are raised by stronger women.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?
I feel like I’ve been writing this book since I first became a writer. I mean, I’ve always wanted to get published, so for awhile. But over all, about a year.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
My mother. She is the reason why I am a poet, her being amazing writer herself. She is truly the smartest and strongest person I know and she’s always help me make any and all my dreams realist. The ideal support system every aspiring writer needs.
And also my father. He raised me to be opinionated, out spoken, and bold. Being Irish, he has is my history book. Taught me about the art of being a good storyteller. And of course how to be charming…
IS YOUR BOOK SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
Well, my book was first self-published. I just put it on the shelves of bookstores. But finally, by fate the wonderful, BRILLIANT, and supportive people at Litsam Publishing took on my awful spelling and chicken scratched and scattered thoughts, polished it up and produced the shiny elegant book that it is today.