The Next Big Thing

It’s sort of a supernatural thriller, if that makes sense? It’s only 18,000 words right now.

This Big Thing thing is a thing. Chris Bundy graciously tapped me to participate. There seems to be some disparity, though, between the sets of questions on different blogs, so I just answered the ones that interested me.

What a nice occasion on which to talk about my new book, FUN CAMP, coming out this spring from Mud Luscious Press. Otherwise I’d be too shy and humble and handsome.

What is the working title of your book?

It’s called FUN CAMP and was always called FUN CAMP.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was writing little pieces where speakers held forth. Turned out they were at a summer camp called FUN CAMP.

What genre does your book fall under?

Fraught monologues.

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

What if everyone who played our young campers were actors age 70 and up? It’d only work if they were killer actors who completely committed and didn’t play it for laughs OR (and this might be too unethical) they were given the roles without being told that they are playing the parts of children.

Regardless, I’d ask for a cameo as The Man With the Knife in His Eye.

How well would your book adapt into a collectible card game?

That is such a good idea!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Fun Camp is told in monologues, speeches, soliloquies, sermons, letters, cards, and lists. It’s about a week at a summer camp that tries to mold campers into more fun and interesting people. Their concept of fun is very slapstick—pranks, food fights, greased watermelon relays—but its leaders are positively evangelical about it. Along the way, you’ll meet Dave and Holly, head counselors who may or may not be getting too old for this shit, Bernadette, a Luddite chaplain with some kids to convert, Billy, a first-timer turning on his parents, and Tad, a popular dude with a Jesus complex.

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

What?

Will your book be made of pulp or are you instead using a letterpress?

What??

Do you have any photographs of yourself in your underpants or will no one ever love you?

I… I guess I could take some photos. I’m just not sure I’m doing it for the right reasons.

I have proof that the things depicted in this book never actually happened to you.

Well it is a novel, so.

Lovely family you got there. Be a shame if anything ever happened to them.

YOU LEAVE MY FAMILY OUT OF THIS.

Too late. And if you want to ever see them again, you’ll answer this next question.

Okay. Fine. Ask it, damn you.

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

Two years, about.

Here is your family back.

Yaaaaaaaayyyyyy y y y y y y y yy y y

To carry on the game, I tag up to and including the following people:

Ryan Ridge

– Mike Young

– Rachel Glaser

– Todd Dills

– YOUR NAME HERE. [If you feel like doing this thing, let me know and I will replace this text with your name.]

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