There is a blogger meme going around at the moment called the Next Big Thing, in which writers answer questions about their next big project (usually a book, but not always – one of my nominees is a playwright) each Wednesday, and pass the baton on to five other writers to continue the project the following week.
It’s a great way to learn more about the non-blog-related work of bloggers you already follow, as well as to discover new writers you might like. Last week, I was tagged by Sarah Jansen and now it’s my turn.
Here we go.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
The Sex Myth.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve always loved reading work that puts individual experiences into political perspective – as the adage goes, I believe the personal is political. When I was younger, I cherished books like Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth and Bust’s Guide To The New Girl Order. They helped me to make sense of what I was experiencing, and made me feel less alone.
While there are plenty of books published about sex, especially from a feminist or queer theory perspective, there aren’t many that look at the act itself as being social – whether you’re male, female, gay, straight, asexual, cis, trans, whatever. There is a tendency to view sex as being uniquely apolitical, an unfiltered expression of a natural urge. Sex is biological, but it’s also more than that. And I think it’s helpful to understand where our hopes and assumptions come from.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
According to my publisher, it’s an “argument book.” I’d also categorise it as a “feminist book” (although it’s not really about gender), “big ideas book,” and – as is probably apparent by now – non-fiction.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
My “characters” are all real, flesh and blood people, but were the book to be fictionalised for the screen, I could see someone like Emma Stone in the film. Or (more likely) a bunch of currently unknown, but in a few years hip and happening young actors.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sex is political.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Simon & Schuster. Not until 2014, though.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Two years (once I finish the full draft come February/March 2013). Plus an additional three years of research and interviews.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My friend Monica, to whom the book will be dedicated. I tell her story, as well as my own, in the introduction.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s based on interviews with over 200 people, conducted over three years across three different continents.
Next Wednesday, you’ll see responses from these writers I hereby tag: