Q: What am I working on?
A: Right now, I am working on the final (really) edit of my third book, Bottle of Rain, and organizing time out for a writing retreat to work on something that’s been on the back burner for many moons (or to start something new, whatever works).
Q: How does my work differ from others of its genre?
A: Good question, since my books don’t fit a genre. The first two books (Groping for Luna, and The Night Trippers) are a saga/love story about an artist and a musician, also about their friendships, art process, day gigs. No one is rich or famous, (currently) doing hard drugs, or ‘arty’. I was writing about people like the artists I know, and wanted to present them without glamour or demonization. I wanted to show them as regular people, except for their commitment to making art instead of money. I wanted to de-mystify the artist, put art-making back where it belongs, not out on some freakish or ‘talented’ edge, but back into the community.
At the same time, I think of these books as fairy tales, because, as Charles Busch says,* they present life not as it is, but “a fantasy of what it could be”. And Alice, the female protagonist, is definitely a fairy tale character – she’s the kind of person who would sell the family cow for a handful of magic beans.
Q: Why do I write what I do?
A: I want to read it. I couldn’t find these books anywhere so I wrote them.
Q: How does my writing process work?
A: I follow the characters. It has taken decades to learn how to do this; I’m still learning. There will be more on this later.
To follow the chain, see Seana and Alicia’s blog: spikedpunchbowl.com
*The Charles Busch quote is from Whores of Lost Atlantis, a wonderful, hilarious, “let’s put on a play, kids” roman a clef based on what happened with his play, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”, the longest running play in off-Broadway history.