The Next Big Thing? I Wish!

7 Jan
south africa

south africa (Photo credit: rafiq s)

Regular readers know that, while I am always grateful to receive awards, appreciating the compliment and the kind thought, I never act on them.  I consider them well-intentioned chain letters – without the threat of death and disaster if they are not forwarded, but chain letters all the same.

‘You’ve been tagged’ posts are just as bad, as a rule, but I have decided to play along with the latest because it’s about self-promotion, and you all know I’m in favour of that.

Robin Coyle tagged me.  You should visit her blog to read about her book; it sounds fascinating, though she is a little too ready to give away the plot.  We have had words about it.  

The premise is simple: write a blog interview about your book, using the following questions:


What is the title of your book?

Apartheid’s All Right If You’re White


Where did the idea come from for your book?

I lived in South Africa during and after Apartheid.  It took fifteen years to get the experience out of my system.  I had a lot of poems that I first posted on a now-defunct blog.  Viv nagged me to do something with them.


What genre does your book fall under?


I make no apologies.*

Brad Pitt in 2007.

Brad Pitt in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Me: Sandra Bullock (I wish) or Julie Walters (realistically)

The Hub: Brad Pitt 

Nelson Mandela: Morgan Freeman (obviously)

Maid: Eve Sisulu (a joke for Madam & Eve readers)

Violent Policeman: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Terrorists: The IRA

Madam & Eve

Madam & Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A book of poetry like South Africa itself: colourful, violent and a little bit crazy.


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

I will be sending it to several publishers but I will self-publish if necessary.  So yes, it will be self-published.


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

Twenty-two years.



PHILIP LARKIN (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

What other books would you compare this story to?

I don’t know of any.  Unless you count any poem Philip Larkin wrote about his parents.


Who or what inspired you to write the book?

My sanity.



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

It’s not really poetry.


The rules of the tag require me to name five more people who might be The Next Big Thing.  I have opted for bloggers who have or should have a book in the works.

Please feel free to ignore the tag; I won’t be offended.


37 Responses to “The Next Big Thing? I Wish!”

  1. viveka January 7, 2013 at 11:46 #

    One thing is for sure … glad I don’t have any argue to be an author.


  2. Elaine - I used to be indecisive January 7, 2013 at 12:52 #

    I’m looking forward to your book. 🙂


  3. vivinfrance January 7, 2013 at 12:53 #

    Did you delete my comment or did I do the silly old bat act?

    1. Your book IS poetry – full of wit, wisdom, philosophy and fun, with a spicing of angst.
    2. Julie Walters is a consummate actress and Judi Dench could also play you to a T.
    3. I could never be the next big thing: I’m only 4’10” and losing weight.
    4. I’ve spent weeks putting together a collection on a flash disk, only to have the disk corrupt itself (probably my bad influence) and lost the lot. Will I start again? I don’t know, I’m tired.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife January 7, 2013 at 13:25 #

      So sorry about the flash drive. Send it to Hub; maybe he can retrieve the info.

      I didn’t delete your comment, Silly Old Bat xx


      • vivinfrance January 7, 2013 at 15:33 #

        The problem is that 3 our of 4 usb ports on the laptop are knackered. The only one that works is the one for the mouse dongle and even that is suspect, as it won’t accept the printer usb.


        • vivinfrance January 7, 2013 at 15:34 #

          what I would like to do is to put all my poems stories and pictures onto a portable hard disk (which I have) but don’t know how to without a USB port. I think I need my son or grandson!


  4. Pseu January 7, 2013 at 13:02 #

    Thank you for the mention!

    I’m glad to hear you are still working on the book. It had gone quiet on that front!

    I’m going to say thank you for thinking of me, but I shall defer the ‘interview’ about my book for the moment until I decide if I have enough to try and get a collection together!


  5. granny1947 January 7, 2013 at 13:56 #

    I would LOVE to read your book…can’t wait for you to finish.
    Any chance of this happening before I shuffle off this mortal coil???


  6. mairedubhtx January 7, 2013 at 15:39 #

    A brilliant interview. Brad Pitt is just waiting for a call to read the script.


  7. SchmidleysScribbling January 7, 2013 at 15:52 #

    So they already had Morgan Freeman in a film where he played Mandela. Yes, the Hub looked like Brad Pitt when he was younger….what happened. Did you really look like Julie Walters? I don’t think so. From what i have seen of your younger photos you looked like a movie star. You need to select someone who can age well on screen.



  8. robincoyle January 7, 2013 at 15:53 #

    I fixed my “plot giveaway” so you can stop yelling at me!”

    So happy to know what you are writing about finally and that you took me up on the opportunity to talk about your poetry book. Here all this time I thought is was a novel, not poetry, about Apartheid. Sounds fascinating.


  9. The Hook January 7, 2013 at 16:28 #

    Robin has great taste! Congrats!


  10. laurieanichols January 7, 2013 at 16:45 #

    Thanks Tilly!! I know that you are so very close to getting your book out into the big world and I can’t wait. I will get to this shout out, this one seems fun as opposed to the others. In relation to your movie; Brad Pitt excellent choice, I am thinking of your photos during your modeling stint and I would cast Carey Mulligan, she is going to be starring in The Great Gatsby opposite Leo DeCaprio. She is a wonderful actress and so pretty and adorable at the same time, like you!


  11. sanstorm January 7, 2013 at 18:30 #

    Thanks for the tag 🙂
    *starts typing manuscript furiously*


  12. adeeyoyo January 8, 2013 at 07:33 #

    Brilliant. I might even buy your book Tilly!


  13. Perfecting Motherhood January 9, 2013 at 02:38 #

    I’m glad to see Sandra Bullock could play you or me. She’s very versatile. I’m also glad you picked Morgan Freeman as Mandela. He was excellent in Invictus.

    I’d definitely want to know more about your book. Apartheid is a “fascinating” or our current history. I’ve always wondered how it could go on for so long, with such a small minority in power.


  14. Doodlemum January 12, 2013 at 19:20 #

    Sorry I have been a bit late replying but thank you so much for considering me to be the next big thing! I probably won’t do the post on the blog as I normally illustrate but the thought of who Myles and myself would have to play us in a film has had me in stitches all week. We’ve settled for Jeff Bridges for Myles (the Dude) and Rachel Weiss for me!!!!


  15. bluebee January 14, 2013 at 05:40 #

    If I say anything, you’ll accuse me of nagging


  16. eof737 January 16, 2013 at 08:51 #

    Nice job… PiP invited me to join and I said yes with much trepidation… Like you, I’m not up for gut spilling and divulging much on a work in progress. Whatever! Good job! 🙂



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