The Next Big Thing is a cool sort of combination of chain letter and a “tag-you’re-it” interview game for writers. Addie was tagged by Sarah Pleydell (see previous blog) to interview herself about her most recent book with the following 9 designated questions, post it somewhere on the internet as soon as possible, and then tag five writers for the next week to do the same. Addie’s answers are below.
The title is How the Winds Laughed.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Sea Magazine, for which I’d been writing, asked me for a full-length manuscript about my husband Pete’s and my trip around the world in a 28-foot sailboat.
What genre does your book fall under?
It is literary non-fiction—a memoir.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Andrew Garfield to play Pete and Ellen Page to play me (they’d both have to become blonds).
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
How the Winds Laughed, a coming of age quest, sails on the wings of hope, fear, anger, and love across three oceans and more than 30,000 miles as a modern-day Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza tilt at windmills along the way.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft took little more than a year. When Sea was purchased by Columbia, which wasn’t interested, I let the manuscript sit for more than 30 years. It went through my critique group twice, and then my editor, Molly Tinsley, and I worked on it for another 14 months.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was writing stories about our trip for the Santa Barbara News-Press, for which I’d worked before we left. It seemed only natural to turn them into a book.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
How the Winds Laughed is an adventure story akin to Into Thin Air, although there is much more comedy than tragedy in my book.
Was your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Fuze Publishing invited me to join their list and, like Sarah Pleydell, I was thrilled.
My tagged writers for next Wednesday (who are asked to answer the same questions and post it somewhere on the internet) are:
Ellen Gardner, author of Veda
Delores DeLeon, author of Gypsy Flamenco
Gail Jenner, author of Black Bart: The Poet Bandit and State of Jefferson, Then and Now
Vella Munn, author of Snow, seven romances, and more than 50 other works of fiction
Dennis Powers, author of Taking the Sea: Perilous Waters, Sunken Ships, and the True Story of the Legendary Wrecker Captains, and four other books
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