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.*
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
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?
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?
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.