The Next Big Thing

My friend and fellow author Jillian Lauren tagged me in The Next Big Thing meme, where you get to talk about what you’re working on, then pass it on to a few other writers-with-blogs.

It’s perfect timing, because I’m lucky enough (or insane enough) to be working on two books at the moment. One is Live at the Safari Club, an oral history of a punk club in Washington, DC, which is near print-time after my husband/co-author and I have conducted more than two years of interviews. (Yes, we worked on a book together and did not get divorced. Amazing!)

I also just signed a contract with Seal Press to edit an anthology entitled Book Lovers (subtitle to be determined). I’ve asked some of my favorite writers to contribute and there is an open Call for Submissions available here. This is the upcoming project I’ll focus on here.

booksWhere did the idea come from for the book? Laura Mazer (my editor at Seal Press) and I concocted this amalgamation together after lamenting the poor literary quality of certain—ahem—allegedly sexy bestsellers.

What genre does your book fall under? Literature, erotica, fiction, nonfiction, anthology, etc. Can’t I have it all?

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

I don’t know all of the characters yet, since it’s still in-the-works, but I want Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone or Fairuza Balk to play me.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Book Lovers is a collection of sexy stories—real and imagined—with a bookish bent.

When will this book be published?

Spring, 2014.

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

Since it’s an anthology, it’s still being written, but there’s a spicy introductory essay simmering in my head.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I want the writing to be as quality as the Best American Essays anthologies and sexy as a trashy vampire paperback.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? Crappy writing is a huge turn off. Life is too short for that. I read for story, voice, style and substance. Acknowledging that nerds-now-rule-the-world and, as the bumpersticker says, reading is sexy, I figured someone should curate a collection of well-crafted, word-related erotica. Why not me? I’m bringing sexy books back.

I’m tagging the writers below. The baton goes to YOU, scribes!

Adrienne Marie Vrettos – dear friend, accomplished author of at least 4 young adult novels, busy mamacita

David Henry Sterry – fellow member of the sex worker literati and professional writer-editor matchmaker through his work as one half of The Book Doctors.

Shira Tarrant – expert on masculinity issues, gender politics and pop culture who knows how to put the FUN in feminism

Laura Barcella – freelance writer extraordinaire and my esteemed editor of Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop

Slash Coleman — a cool-ass writer I met while editing another anthology, author of the forthcoming Bohemian Love Diaries, and fellow member of the Leo Nation