The Next Big Thing is a literary game of tag in which writers answer questions about a work-in-progress. I was tagged by the lovely Jane Delury, so here goes nothing:
What is the working title of your book?
I’m working on a few things at the moment, but the most recent project is a novel-in-progress called Havana.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A married couple goes to Havana and very strange things begin to happen.
Where did the idea for the book come from?
The idea for the novel grew out of a short story. Where the story came from, I have no idea.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’d like to see Christopher Walken play all the roles, with a cameo by Chloë Sevigny.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Obsession took over and I wrote the first draft in about two months. I didn’t talk about it with other people, and I did a lot of the writing in public places—trains, metros, planes. It felt like a secret in the best way. Now I have to revise the gd thing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I doubt I could ever write something that would live up to this, but I was very inspired by
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to know if it was possible to throw away a life, an identity, and start over. I’m pretty sure it isn’t, but I wanted to see people try.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you have ever stopped recognizing yourself—literally or metaphorically—maybe this is for you. Also if you have ever been an inept American abroad, and/or if you are into Cuba.