01.24.13 The Next Big Thing

I was invited by I.G. Frederick to participate in a fascinating experiment in writerly self-promotion. It's called "The Next Big Thing," and in it, each participating writer answers ten questions about their current project, and then asks authors they know to answer the same ten questions. It's been going around a bit, so many of the writers I asked had already been "tagged" to participate; I had a hard time finding enough authors to reach my quota of five. If you're interested in participating, please drop me a line.

It's an interesting tour for readers to follow because of the variety of projects underway and the interrelationships of all the authors involved. It certainly offers an opportunity to entice readers into checking out writers they may not have encountered before by learning about their "Next Big Thing."                       

My Next Big Thing 

1) What is the working title of your book? "Impervious: Chronicles of a Retired Deviant."

2) Where did the idea for the book come from? Many people ask me about why, after so many years as a very active sex and BDSM educator, I've fallen out of public view. The backstory is an interesting and dramatic one. So it's time to tell it.

3) What genre does it fall under? Memoir.

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Lena Dunham resembles the young me quite strongly and would be a great choice for the earlier parts. For the later parts, Carrie Fisher. My spouse E would be played by David Bowie (who he resembles strongly), my ex-partner J by Bill Paxton, and my co-author Dossie by Meryl Streep.

"But the mirror showed the same heavy-lidded, slightly protuberant brown eyes and the same wispy brown hair and the same plump feminine shoulders it always had." - from Girlfag

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? One woman's path into a life as an internationally famous pervert, and back out again.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Don't yet know. I've had some interest from an agent.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft? Not yet completed! I just "unstuck" a key part and am hoping I can get some momentum going on a draft. Perhaps another year?

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Kate Bornstein's "A Queer and Pleasant Danger," Susie Bright's "Big Sex Little Death," Stephen Elliott's "My Girlfriend Comes Into the City and Beats Me Up."

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? My story is, as far as I know, unique: I've never heard of another sex educator who left the work because of the issues I've faced. It's a story that should be told, both as an inspiration and as a cautionary tale.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It's an insider's look at the thrills and foibles of the world of high-end BDSM! What more can I say?

Follow the trail to the next authors:

Vicki Hudson

Robert Rosen

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