I’m happy to be participating in a blog hop called, “My Next Big Thing.” I was tagged by fellow blogger and writer, June O’Hara of the Nuerosis Files, and asked to answer ten questions about my most recent writing project. Here are my responses:     

Where did the idea for your book or project come from?

From my family. My book is a humorous and heartbreaking memoir about growing up with a closeted gay dad, a physically and mentally handicapped mom and a Republican brother.

What is the working title of your book?

Minnesota Nice

What genre does it fall under?

It’s a memoir.

If applicable, who would you choose to play the characters in a movie?

Emma Stone would be my choice for the older years. The story takes place between the ages of 9 – 22. As for the younger years I have no idea. If you have any ideas please let me know.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?

MINNESOTA NICE is a humorous and heartbreaking memoir set in the 1970s and 80s about Jennifer Brown’s struggle to grow up in Crocus Hill while trying to fit in. While caring for her disabled mom she learns her dad is gay. Enter the 800-pound gorilla, stage left. (Wearing a pair of jeans from the Husky section at Sears, no less.)

Sorry, that was three sentences.

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

I’m leaning toward self publishing but am also in talks with a couple of agents and publishers. I want to retain control and self publishing seems like the best way to do that. I could write a whole post on this subject, lots to think about.

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

5 years.

What other book would you compare this story to within the genre?

Running with Scissors by Augustan Burroughs.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Laura Ingalls Wilder. Since I read her book in third grade I have been writing my book in my head. I didn’t have a story back then but given a little time and a lot of crazy the story wrote itself. Everyone I have ever met has suggested I tell my story.

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

Everyone has a story and a lot of people have a crazy story. This is one of those unbelievable stories that just had to be written. Just when you think the characters have seen it all something else happens to up the ante of bizarre and unbelievable. So far most people who have read it can’t understand how I am still mostly sane.

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