A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by the extremely talented writer, Jillian Godsil, requesting to tag me in an on-line blogging chain – The Next Big Thing.
The chain is a way for writers to promote their work-in-progress through a series of questions.
Jillian is a writer, blogger and freelance journalist, renowned for selling her house on utube.
I met Jillian for the first time last year at a book launch in Hughes and Hughes, where we were introduced by our good pal Susan Condon.
In December, we met again in, of all places the ladies toilets at The Westin Hotel, prior to recording The Twitter Xmas single. We had a lovely chat about sex novels 🙂
It was not however until our third meeting, at the launch of said Xmas single that I got to actually sit and chat with Jillian over a glass or five of cabernet sauvignon.
With several other writerly folk, we spent a raucous afternoon in the Mint Bar at the Westin. We have since become Twitter and Facebook friends. There’s nothing like an afternoons drinking session to forge great friendships.
My Next Big Thing
I write short stories, poetry and memoir and I am at present compiling a selection of poems for my first book.
What is the working title for your book?
My book will be called .’The Bisto Tin’
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Most of my writing is about events in my own life.’The Bisto Tin’ is a poem I wrote about ‘running away money’ and how it is not always used for what it was intended.My own Bisto Tin has seen me through good days and bad. I thought it would be a good title for the book.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose in a movie rendition of your book?
I don’t know of any poetry book that has made it into movies but in the event of mine making the Hollywood cut, and as I’m a bit of a drama Queen myself I’d have to take the lead in the film adaptation of ‘The Bisto Tin’. Naturally, Hugh Jackman would play the male lead. If he’s busy, I’ll have Daniel Craig. 🙂
What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?
If you want to read poetry that doesn’t need to be analysed,that will give you a laugh or make you cry. This is the book for you.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your novel?
I have only come back to writing since 2007 and have quite a selection of poems and memoir, so I aim to use most of what I’ve already written and am still writing to add to collection.
What other books would you compare yours to within your genre?
I’d say a cross between Spike Milligan, Roddy Doyle and Rita Ann Higgins. I’m a big fan of these three writers and what an honour it would be to be compared to them.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I have written several comedy monologues and short plays for my Drama group which we have performed onstage at Rua Red in Tallaght. A lot of my poetry has been inspired by family and friends and it is they who have been encouraging me to share to a wider audience by compiling my best pieces in a book. I performed the monologue poem of the title of my book ‘the Bisto Tin’ onstage at the Civic Centre in Tallaght in 2011.
What else about your book might pique your readers interest?
This is no ordinary poetry book. Although I write about ordinary everyday events,I hope it will touch the hearts of readers.
Read it and weep….or laugh…or both 🙂
When and how will it be published?
As I am still writing and editing some of my work, I have not approached any publishers yet. When I am happy that I’ve selected the best, I hope to approach a couple of Irish publishing houses later this year.
Now I must introduce you to the next three links in the blogging chain. If you have not already heard of these very talented ladies, watch this space. You are in for a treat. I give you, Annmarie Miles,Carol Clarke and Brenda Drumm.
Annmarie Miles has been blogging for 5 years but started to take the whole ‘writing thing’ seriously about 2 years ago. She says that though many of her family got her mother’s classic beauty, she got her father’s sense of humour and high forehead.
She is married to Richard who is from Wales, and they live in the beautiful village of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. They have no children but do have a house full of musical instruments, books and gadgets. If she could get away with talking for a living she would, but instead works part time as an office administrator and part time teaching music. If you’re looking for her you’ll very often find her on Twitter @auntyamo Her personal blog is www.auntyamo.wordpress.com and she dabbles with fiction at www.ficticiousamo.wordpress.com
Carol Clarke worked as a Special Needs Assistant since 2002. She volunteers one night a week as a Basic Literacy Tutor. (Teaching people who cannot read or write on a one-to-one basis) and occasionally gives grinds to children with Dyslexia. She completed a BA in Montessori Education and Humanities with St Nicholas College, Dun Laoghaire.
Before all this she worked for Ulster Bank for 10 years (See blog the Man of Importance) Carol has also waitressed and busked for a living 🙂
Carol has received tremendous reaction to the several chapters of ‘Rage’ on her blog which she is still in the process of writing. A busy writer, Carol has several works in the pipeline which I’m sure she will be delighted to tell you all about in her ‘Next Big Thing’. You can catch up with Carol on her blog at www.carolclarke-Tara@blogspot.com and on twitter @cagssoc
Brenda Drumm has a background in journalism and public relations. She is currently working as Communications officer and she presents a weekly radio show on Kildare’s KFM.
Brenda has been writing since she was in her early teens and has had a number of poems and stories published in various publications including Woman’s Way and on Writing.ie. Brenda’s writing features regularly on the Arts Show on KFM. She is also a regular contributor to a number of specialist magazines.
She is Coordinator of the Cill Dara Writers’ Circle a creative writing group for adults based in Newbridge and she is Founder and Co-coordinator of the WriTeen Scene, a creative writing group for young people, also based in Newbridge. Both of these groups were recently the subject of a radio documentary on Newstalk as part of the Sile Seoige Show.
Brenda is also the person who dreamed up TwitterXmasSingle, the first ever song recorded and released for charity using the power of Twitter.