The Next Big Thing

Posted on by Merridawn

68537 giant highlighter marker 300x220My delightful friend, Russian dance partner and author of the wonderful “Margins of Tolerance” Eric Sasson invited me to participate in this blog chain series called “The Next Big Thing” where writers answer questions about new projects.

You can read his answers here

and at the end of mine you can check out the talented, super smart speculative fiction writer William Hertling who I’ve tagged next.

“What is your working title of your book?”

The Analysand

“Where did the idea come from for the book?”

Psychoanalysts are sworn to secrecy, they’re the high priests of the heart, so I kinda wondered but what would happen if one of them started spilling all their secrets!

“What genre does your book fall under?”

Comic novel

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

Well, going the direction of Todd Haynes “Superstar” is pretty tempting but I recently loved how Richard Linklater’s film “Bernie” incorporated real inhabitants from the actual town where the story was set. So it’s also possible that my family could play every role. They’re super photogenic and never saw a piece of scenery they wouldn’t want to chew. Of course it would be awesome to have my narrator, Gem’s daughter Isa played by a young unknown actress who then goes on to be a huge star. I love those stories.

“What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?”

It’s a Freudian mystery with an unconscious desire to…

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

Actually, I’m thinking of handwriting it. Seriously, I hand wrote all my wedding invitations and I’m just now getting the feeling back in my hand.

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

How old are you?

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

Maybe it’s a little like Patricia Marx’s terrific  “Him, Her, Him Again.” My favorite comic writer is Lawrence Sterne, so there’s always that hope.

“Who or what inspired you to write this book?”

Someone needed to get the Freudian Mystery Genre going and I was really in the best position.

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

I come armed with love.

Now don’t forget to jump to check Will out at

You may never look at email the same way again!


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