Bookcradle Blog

The Next Big Thing: Inside an Author's Teeming Brain


April might be the cruelest month, but least we can celebrate poetry to pull us through to spring.  The Indiana Humanities Council is featuring a poem a day on their website throughout April.  Mine goes up on April 8 and it’s titled “When Poetry Leaves for Good”:

I also like the following ideas from the Academy of American Poets for celebrating poetry and for making it a part of daily living:

30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry

Most poets are notoriously poor.  Sidewalk chalk is cheap.  Go scribble a poem in an unexpected place for others to share and enjoy.


     The Next Big Thing:  Inside the Teeming Brain of Darla K. Crist

Rose Auslander has tagged me as part of “The Next Big Thing,” which was launched by Rose Scranton as a series of self interviews conducted by writers with books coming out.  Each writer tags another set of writers to keep everyone in the loop about what we’re up to these days.  So here’s me…interviewing myself.

What is the working title of the book?

Catherine Sophia’s Elbow:  A Love Story

Where did the idea come from for the book?

A fascination with the life of Catherine Sophia Boucher Blake, wife of the poet, painter, and printer, William Blake.

What genre does your book fall under?

Prose/poetry—it’s a book with a backslash.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Catherine Sophia Boucher Blake would be played by Marion Cotillard.  William Blake would be played by  Daniel Day Lewis.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s a book about what happens when two tuning forks collide.

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

About six months.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The intersection of love, art, and literacy.

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

 In addition to being a love story, it contains a tiger, angels, and acts of sedition.

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

My publisher is Folded Word Press.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Matthew Brennan

Mark Lewandowski

Karen Kovacik


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